THE NAME OF BAPTIST


Dear Saints,

I am a born again Bible believer (AV1611).  I was saved by grace through faith 33 years ago.  I believe the Bible and do my best to live every word of it.  I recognize that the written word of God is the final authority in all matters of faith and practice.

I believe in salvation by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe that water baptism is by immersion and is for believers only.
I believe that the local church has two ordinance - baptism and the Lord's supper.
I believe in preaching repentance.
I believe in the eternal security of the believer.
I believe that all born again Bible believers are priests.
I believe in the autonomous local church.
I believe in the separation of church and state.
I believe the Bible teaches two offices in the church - pastors (elders, bishops) and deacons for men only.  I believe in PREACHING the gospel publicly - on the streets, in homes, everywhere.  By the grace of God I have started churches in the U.S., Mexico and Poland from scratch.

I am not a denominationalist.  I am not inter-denominational, nor am I non-denominational (that being a denomination in itself) I am basically "un-denominational". I am anti-charismatic and anti-"tongue" talking "Pentecostals" (even though I speak 3 languages fluently, well almost) .

I believe and preach sound doctrine.

To God be the glory.



What does this make me?  To some a Christian, to some a Believer, to some a Protestant, to Mexicans - "Los de la Biblia" (Those of the Bible), to Poles - a false sect;  to some a Jehovah's Witness, to others a Mormon, to others a Heretic, to still  others a #$%^# Preacher, and to some of  you dear brothers the above beliefs would make me a "Baptist".

I however, do not call myself a "Baptist".  I call myself a born again believer, a brother, a saint, saved, Christian, a preacher, an evangelist, a teacher, etc., and any other name the Bible explicitly calls me.

I have preached all of the above on the streets of the USA (San Antonio, Tx., Ypsilanti, Michigan), Mexico (San Luis Potosi, Guanajuato, Leon, Aguascalienetes, Guadalajara, Salamanca, Queretero, Irapuato) and Poland (Warsaw, Krakow, Poznan,  Gdansk, Czestachowa, Lodz), etc.

Amazingly not one person has ever come up to me in 22 years of preaching (the above beliefs) on the streets and said; "O you must be a "Baptist"".  That is after 22 years of preaching no one has identified or labelled me as a Baptist, except Baptists.   I find this amazing.

I have been called all sorts of names over the years some of which I will not repeat.  I have chosen to identify myself with only one name, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.


As far as I understand from Scriptures,
New Testament Churches were identified by their locality:

The church of God which is at Corinth  - 1 Cor. 1.2
The church of God which is at Corinth  - 2 Cor. 1.1
Unto the churches of Galatia  - Galatians 1.2
Unto the church of the Thessalonians  - 1 Thes. 1.1
Unto the church of the Thessalonians  - 2 Thes. 1.1
Church of Ephesus  - Rev. 2.1
Church of Smyrna  - Rev. 2.8


Individual believers were addressed as:

To the saints which are at Ephesus - Eph. 1.1
To all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi - Phil. 1.1
To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse - Col. 1.2
To all that be at Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints- Rm.1.7
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith-1 Tm. 1.2
To Titus, mine own son- Titus 1.4
Unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer- Phil. 1.1

I can find no where in Scripture that anyone was addressed as Baptist or called themselves Baptist, knowing full well that John the Baptist did baptize in AEnon near to Salim.


I have found many things concerning the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.  I list a few for your perusal:

Ps 138:2
I will worship toward thy holy temple,
and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified THY WORD above all THY NAME.

Re 3:8 
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door,
and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength,
and hast KEPT MY WORD, and hast not denied MY NAME.

God's word and God's name are of extreme importance. There was a church that kept both of them.  I want to build and take part in churches like that.


Please consider the following Scriptures:

 

Name of the Lord Jesus Christ

Phil 2.5-11 Name above every name
Heb. 1.4 More excellent name
Matt. 1.21 A saving name
Acts 4.12 The only name whereby we must be saved

Believe

John 1.12 Believe in his name
Matt 12.21    In his name shall the Gentiles trust
Acts 3.16 Faith in his name
1 Jn. 3.23 Commandment we should believe on the name of his Son.
1 Jn. 5.13 Believe on the name of the Son of God
Jn. 3.16 Believe in name for eternal life
Acts 10.43 Through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of
Acts 8.12 They believed...the things concerning the name of Jesus Christ

Call

Acts 9.14  All that call upon thy name
Acts 2.21 Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved
Rom. 10.13 Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved
1 Cor. 6.11 Washed, sanctified, justified in the name of Lord Jesus
1 Jn. 2.12   Forgiven for his name's sake
Luke 24.47 Repentance & remission of sins should be preached in his name

Gather

Mt. 18.20  Gathered together in my name
Acts 15.14-17 A people for his name
James 2.7 That name by which ye are called
2Tm. 2.19 Everyone that nameth the name of Christ
Heb. 2.12 Declared his name among the brethren
1 Cor. 5.4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together
1Cor. 1.10-15 I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Rev. 2.13 Thou holdest fast my name

Pray

John 14.13-16

Ask in his name

John 16.23-26 Ask in his name
John 15.16 Ask in his name

Baptize

Acts 8.16 Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
Acts 10.48 Baptized in the name of the Lord
Acts 2.38 Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ
Acts 19.5 Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
1 Cor. 1.13 Were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (John the Baptist?)

Whatsoever ye do

Col. 3.17 DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS
Heb. 13.15 Give thanks to HIS NAME
Eph. 5.20  Give thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ
Acts 9.27,29 Preached boldly in the name of Jesus
Acts 4.7-30 Preached and taught in the name of the Lord Jesus
3 John 7   Went forth in his name
Jn. 15.20,21 Persecuted for HIS NAME's sake (note - not for Baptist name)
Acts 15.26 Hazarded their lives for the NAME OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Acts 21.13 Die in the name of the LORD JESUS
1 Pt. 4.14 Reproached for the name of Christ
Mt. 10.22 Hated of all men for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
Acts 9.16 Suffer for the name of Jesus Christ
Acts 5.41 Suffered shame for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
Mt. 19.29 Give up all things for the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Magnify

Col. 1:18 That in all things HE MIGHT HAVE THE PREEMINENCE
1 Thes. 1.12 That the name of the Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you
Acts 19.17 The name of the LORD JESUS was magnified

       


When we begin discussing the doctrine of "names", the Bible is clear.  One does not have to resort to "historical perspectives" in order to  find out what banner the New Testament Churches marched under.  The Scriptures are clear on this point.  I take Mt. 18.20 and Col. 3.17 literally.  Our church in San Antonio, Texas has this sign posted in front of the building (not church - a building where the church of the living God meets): 602 Oak Knoll is the property of THE LORD JESUS CHRIST and all services are held here in HIS NAME.

The churches we started in Mexico (many meet openly in parks - sometimes as many as 300 people - this includes 10 churches started from scratch in various cities of Mexico) for the most part don't have "signs" per se.  Those few that actually meet in a building have for example: "The Church of Aguascalientes meets here at...", or simply an address with the time of meetings.
 
As all of our ministry is done publicly and the things that we do are not done in a corner.  Everyone, everywhere knows who we are and where we meet.  Or at least they know who we ain't - we ain't Catholic.  We aren't tolerant of sin.
 
I have found out over the years that when dealing with lost people no matter how much you preach and teach they still think you are a JW, Mormon, Sect,  Protestant, #$&^#* preacher, etc. This is because it is the JW's, Mormons and Sects which have been beating on their doors the most.  I have NEVER seen a JW preach on the streets in 41 years of life, but that is the one label that I have been called more than any other!  Even after preaching such subjects as:  "Jesus Christ is God in the Flesh" and "Why I'm not a Jehovah's Witness".

 Labels such as Baptist for the most part only help you identify yourself to other Baptists.  Frankly, I'm not trying to get other people's converts to come to my church.  I, by the grace of God, have started all my churches from scratch, that is, I went out and preached the gospel until I saw souls saved thus forming a church.  I always preached in the name of the Lord Jeus Christ.   I have never given much concern about having a proper label as most people don't have the faintest idea what the label means anyway.



I've also noticed that as you preach you begin to be "labelled" by various groups in various manners anyway. Example:  Los de la Biblia, Bible Believers, Preachers, Motherless (all RC's think we don't have mother), Trouble makers, Sect, Protestant (a standard term used by all Catholics to identify anyone who doesn't agree with them), Heretics to name a few.
 
For some of you concerned about identifying yourself with the name Baptist, may I remind you that John the Baptist had a perfect opportunity to defend his own name,"Baptist", and declined with: "I am a voice of one crying in the wilderness"  See John 1.19-28 "Who are thou"?  Why didn't he say: "Why I'm John the Baptist and proud of it!"?  I think you know why.

It seems clear to me, that "labels" as such, are not needed. What does the name Baptist identify me with anyway?  I list just a few of the Baptists that I have met or run across over the years:

Southern Baptist (some of which are in the North),
Northern Baptist (some of which are found in the South),
National Baptist (which nation?),
North American Baptist,
International Baptist,
American Baptist
(many weren't American at all),
Mexican Baptist
(many were Americans!),
General Baptist,
Regular Baptist
(does this mean there are "Irregular Baptist?),
Missionary Baptist,
Conservative Baptist
(They were hardly conservative)
Freewill Baptist,
Hardshell Baptist,
Primitive Baptist,
Landmark Baptist,
Old German Baptist,
7th Day Baptist,
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Baptist,
Union Baptist,
Independent Baptist,
Particular Baptist,
Bible Baptist,
Bible Believing Baptist,
Fundamental Baptist,
and the list goes on and on and on.

And some of you would insist that by taking the name of Baptist people will know what I believe?  No one knows what anyone believes until you sit down and talk with them for hours on end!  Labels do not identify you.  Why would you want to make a judgment about a person by some label that he has?  Shouldn't we judge righteous judgment?

In that list you will you find people who believe you can lose salvation, worship on Saturday, that salvation is obtained by fighting injustices in the American Society, that woman can become ministers of the church, "Roman Catholics are our brothers", wine (alcoholic) should be used in the Lord's supper, that the Bible has errors in it, etc.

So, if labels and names are going to misapplied and misunderstood, why don't I just follow the Biblical example and do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?  Even if people might not understand me? They don't always understand anyway.

Now, I am not against born again Bible believing brothers who desire to be called "Baptists".  I support many of them financially even when they would not support me for the alleged lack of a name.  I pray for many of them daily. Our home church supports around 25 "Baptist" missionaries.   Not one born again Bible believing "Baptist" is my enemy. They would be welcome in my home and church anytime.  I would not exclude them for any reason except for known public sin.  Many of them have preached in our churches.  I happen to know who my real enemies are.  I have been stoned, rocked, tomatoed, watered, spit on, attacked, threatened slandered, etc. by all sorts.  I have real enemies.  Not one brother or sister on this list is my enemy in any way, shape or form.  Even when we disagree strongly on certain matters.  I'm not about to pick a fight with a born again Bible believer who is doing his best to serve God under the banner of "Baptist".  We serve the same LORD.


Mt 10:42
And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little
ones a cup of cold water only IN THE NAME OF A DISCIPLE,
verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.
Would John the Baptist be considered a "disciple"?  And thus those doing a good work in John the Baptist's name would still received their reward?  What is the difference in doing something in the "name of a disciple" and "in the name of the Lord" (Mt. 19.29)?

Ac 24:5
For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the SECT OF THE NAZARENES.
Paul was identified as a SECT.
 
Ac 28:22
But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest:
for as concerning THIS SECT, we know that every where it is spoken against.
They weren't known as "Baptists".  But as THIS SECT.

Pr 22:1
A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches,
and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

No greater name than the Lord Jesus Christ.
My I go to the grave defending his name!
 


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