"What poor, despised company of travelers are there,
Who walk in yonder narrow way, along the rugged maze?
Ah! these are of a royal line, all children of a King,
Heirs of immortal crowns divine; and lo! for joy they sing.
Why do they, then, appear so mean, and why so much
Because of their rich robes unseen the world is not apprized.
But why keep they that narrow road,--that rugged, thorny
Why that's the way their Leader trod, they love and keep His ways.
Why do they shun the pleasing path that worldlings love so
Because that is the read to death, the open road to Hell.
What! is there then no other road to Salem's happy
Christ is the only way to God, no other can be found."
A Jew became a member of the Nation of Israel by the
covenant of circumcision.
A Christian becomes a part of the covenant people of God by baptism into a
scriptural, N.T. Baptist church.
The godly independent Baptist remnant believes and
practices the following regarding:
1. The Bible as the only rule
and final authority of faith and practice
(John 17:17; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter
2. Authority and autonomy of the local church
(Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 3:15; Acts 20:19-30)
3. Two local church ordinances
a. Baptism of believers seeking entrance into the local church and that by
(Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-43; 8:36-38; Romans 6:1-6)
b. Lord's Supper
(Matthew 26:26-30; 1
4. Regenerate church membership
(Acts 2:41-47; 1 Corinthians 1:10; Hebrews 10:25)
5. Security of the Believer
(John 10:27-28; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Hebrews 13:5)
6. Two offices of leadership
a. Pastor/Elder/Bishop (the same office with differing roles)
(1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
(Acts 6:1-7; 1 Timothy 3:8-13)
7. Soul liberty or Priesthood of Every Believer
(Romans 10:17; 14:1-8, 12-23; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Hebrews 4:14-16; 1 Peter 2:5-9)
8. Separation of church and state (Congress shall make no law establishing a
(Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29-31; Romans 13:1-4)
"I hate to see the way so many Baptist churches are heading. I am an old-fashioned, independent, fundamental Baptist. I love our heritage, and it grieves me to see the way our churches are dying and our preachers are losing their fire and their standards.
My word to preachers is this: 'Let's not lose our focus. Because the world is getting dimmer, we need to shine brighter. God sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us; and we should do all we can to tell everyone we can about that. Let's not get weary in well doing. We are in the world, but the world is not to be in us. The boat has to be in the ocean, but our problem is that we're letting the ocean into the boat!'
I believe too many preachers are getting discouraged in the ministry. My burden is that we are losing too many independent pastors to worldliness. They are not preaching as the old-time preachers did, so we are losing our people to the world. As we lose our pastors and our people, we lose our families; and then our churches die. God sent His Son to die for sinners. What could be more important than telling people that?
Let's give ourselves to soul winning, go knocking on doors and lead folks to Christ. Don't quit! Stay filled with the Holy Spirit! Have a close walk with God and live in His Word daily." (Sword of the Lord)