What is a Bible-believing, Baptist Church?
How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
Romans 10:14 (KJV)
Many lost people get saved on sound, biblical doctrine and even as new converts, usually get their assurance of salvation very quickly. Some new converts have been alright: they have been baptized into a New Testament pattern, King James, fundamental, Baptist Church and have started, tithing, being discipled, and serving in the Church. That is the plan for a new convert. However, I have known several Christians that after they got saved, did not seek out a good, New Testament pattern, Bible-believing, Baptist Church and wound up going down the road of charismatic exorcism, Pentecostalism, Lutheranism, Methodism, and perhaps even Catholicism. It is OUR JOB to tell these new converts to seek out a Bible-believing, Baptist Church where they can be uplifted biblically, not through man-made traditions, and doctrines of devils, which are NOT found in the Bible. In fact, there are several reasons why one should attend a Bible-believing, Baptist Church. I have outlined some of the main points below.
I cannot stress enough how important this is. Many churches today do not preach the true doctrine of the Lord Jesus Christ. Instead they preach from a false Bible, teach a false Christianity, and influence carnality. THIS IS NOT THE CHRISTIAN WAY! True, genuine, Bible-believing, fundamental, Baptist churches preach from the King James Bible, the inspired AND preserved Word of God for the English-speaking people. All the preaching at a Bible-believing, Baptist church comes straight from the Bible, not from a man-made authority or a false, New Age, occult Bible like the NIV, ESV, NKJV, etc. New converts need not go down the unfruitful and carnal roads of Pentecostalism and charismatic exorcism just to do a U-turn and find themselves right back where they started. New converts need to be discipled in a good, Bible-believing, fundamental, Baptist church.
As I mentioned above, many “churches” today do not preach from the true Word of God. However, there are some “churches” that don’t even preach from ANY BIBLE (to be honest, I don’t which is worse)! Romans 10:14 makes it very clear that a new convert needs to hear the unaltered, old-fashioned, Holy Ghost-filled preaching that we used to enjoy two or three decades ago. However, in these end times, many have fallen away from this type of preaching, and have joined Charismatic churches that preach about everything BUT the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how everything is gonna be alright and how wonderful it’s gonna be when we get to Heaven, when probably half the congregation is GOING TO HELL! Woe be unto the charismatic church!
On the contrary, the preaching of the true word of God is powerful indeed and will stir the new convert’s heart to do even more for the Lord. They will be “nourished up in the words of faith and of GOOD DOCTRINE, whereunto thou hast attained” and they will learn how to “refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.” (1 Tim. 4:6-7) This is the main reason why any new convert should attend a New Testament, Bible-believing, Baptist church.
3. Scriptural Baptism
Although baptism is not required for salvation, Scriptural baptism is a commandment given by the Lord Jesus Christ in the Great Commission to local, New Testament, Baptist churches. It is required of the believer that he/she be baptized, NOT to COMPLETE or gain ASSURANCE of salvation, but to be obedient unto God and therefore obtain a good conscience before God. 1 Peter 3:21 reads likewise, “The LIKE FIGURE whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (NOT THE PUTTING AWAY OF THE FILTH OF THE FLESH, but the answer of a GOOD CONSCIENCE TOWARD GOD,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:” Once again, being baptized does not DO anything spiritually, but rather gives us a good conscience toward God, because we were obedient to His Will. The third reason a believer must be Scripturally baptized is because it makes them a member of the local church. This principle is found in the Bible as well. Acts 2:41 reads, “Then they that GLADLY RECEIVED HIS WORD were BAPTIZED: and the SAME DAY there were ADDED UNTO THEM about THREE THOUSAND SOULS.” We easily see in this verse that all those who received the Word of God (meaning saved) were baptized and the same day three thousand people became members of the local Church at Antioch. That’s how it works, my friend. We will delve into a more in-depth study of baptism in the next article: What is Baptism?
Unfortunately, even the most stellar independent, fundamental, Baptist churches do not have a discipleship program. I think discipleship should be in every New Testament pattern, Baptist church. After all, the concept of discipleship is seen all throughout the New Testament. Jesus discipled the apostles, with the exception of Judas. The Apostle Paul discipled many young preachers, including Timotheus (Timothy) and Titus. Discipleship is definitely a New Testament principle, and therefore should be in every New Testament Church! We will delve into a more in-depth study of discipleship in a later article.
Oh, this is a big one! No Church can claim to be a New Testament pattern, Bible-believing, Baptist Church if they do not go out on organized soul-winning and/or visitation. I’m not just talking about doing it on a missions conference, either. I’m talking about weekly, perhaps even daily. The Bible makes it very clear in Proverbs 11:30 that “the fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that winneth souls is wise.” In the New Testament, we see that Jesus criticized the church at Ephesus for “losing their first love” (Rev. 2:4) A church’s first love should be the Lord Jesus Christ, AND if we truly love the Lord Jesus Christ, we would not want to see people go to Hell, THEREFORE we would go out soul-winning and preach the Gospel to make sure no lost person goes to Hell!
6. Conservative Music
I am amazed at the lack of true worship music in this secular culture. Many churches now play so-called “Christian” rock music and so-called “Christian” pop, and the damnable “Christian” rap music and other so-called Christian worship songs. It is sad that the devil’s music has blended in so well with Christianity. At an independent, Bible-believing, fundamental, Baptist Church, you will not find such foolishness, and if you do: run the other way!! You may think I am over-exaggerating the issue, but we have to realize the Bible tells us two things: 1) to “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thes. 5:22) and 2) “The works of the flesh are manifest…DRUNKENNESS, REVELLINGS, and SUCH LIKE: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.” (Galatians 5:19, 21) According to the Webster’s 1828 Dictionary, revellings can be interpreted to mean “noisy festivity, or clamorous jollity.” Rock music and rap music, even if it uses “Christian” lyrics, fall under this category, and therefore are condemned by the Word of God. Such foolishness should never take place in a local Church.
7. World Evangelization
I was debating on whether I should put this paragraph in the soul-winning section, but I think it is best right where it is. The main goal of any New Testament, Baptist Church should be not only to soul-win in their local communities, but to soul-win around the world. You might be thinking: why should one little Church in the middle of nowhere be concerned with reaching the world for the Lord Jesus Christ? If that is your mentality, you will not get far in a local, New Testament, Baptist Church. In fact, world evangelization and missions giving is a COMMANDMENT given by the Lord Jesus Christ, meant to be carried out by local, New Testament churches. Matthew 28:19 reads, “GO YE THEREFORE, and TEACH ALL NATIONS, BAPTIZING THEM in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:”. Mark 16:15 reads likewise, “And he said unto them, GO YE into ALL THE WORLD, and PREACH THE GOSPEL to EVERY CREATURE.” If you still don’t believe that the mission of the local church is to spread the Gospel world-wide, then here’s another verse for you: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be WITNESSES UNTO ME BOTH in Jerusalem, and in ALL Judæa, AND in Samaria, AND unto the UTTERMOST PART OF THE EARTH.” (Acts 1:8)