I have been a Baptist all my life. I have a cradle roll certificate from a Baptist church. My father and grandfather were Baptists. I graduated from a Baptist Bible College and seminary. I am an ordained Baptist minister and I have been a pastor in several Baptist churches. This may be why my son asked me to blog about Baptist distinctives.
It is not surprising that I thought that I had a pretty good idea of what it means to be a Baptist. However, when I looked up Baptist Distinctives on the internet, I found surprising results. One common idea was to use the acronym B.A.P.T.I.S.T.S. to outline eight Baptist distinctives.
Autonomy of the Local Church
Priesthood of the Believer
Two Ordinances: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Individual Soul Liberty
Saved, Baptized Church Membership
Two Offices in the Church: Pastors and Deacons
Separation of Church and State
This sounded too American to me so I looked up a Canadian Baptist website (baptist.ca)
and found a slightly different set of distinctives.
1. Jesus is Lord
2. The Word of God is the Authoritative Rule of Faith and Practice
3. The Priesthood of All Believers
4. A Believers’ Church
5. Believer’s Baptism by Immersion
6. Congregational Government
7. Separation of Church and State
It does not use the handy acronym, but it is more in line with what I have always believed. This is the set of distinctives that I will be commenting on in this blog.
Question: What do you see as the major difference between these two sets of distinctive?