NAME OF BAPTIST
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
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),
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
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
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
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
Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith-1 Tm. 1.2
To Titus, mine own son-
Unto Philemon our dearly
beloved, and fellow labourer-
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:
I will worship toward thy holy
and praise thy name for thy
lovingkindness and for thy truth:
for thou hast magnified THY
WORD above all THY NAME.
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:
of the Lord Jesus Christ
||Name above every name
||A saving name
||The only name whereby
we must be saved
||Believe in his name
||In his name shall the Gentiles
||Faith in his name
|1 Jn. 3.23
||Commandment we should believe on the name of his
1 Jn. 5.13
Believe on the name of the Son of God
Believe in name for eternal life
Through his name whosoever believeth in him shall
receive remission of
They believed...the things concerning the name of
||All that call upon thy name
||Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved
||Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved
1 Cor. 6.11
||Washed, sanctified, justified in the name of Lord
|1 Jn. 2.12
||Forgiven for his name's sake
||Repentance & remission of sins should be preached
in his name
||Gathered together in my name
||A people for his name
||That name by which ye are called
||Everyone that nameth the name
||Declared his name among the brethren
|1 Cor. 5.4
||In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are
||I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord
||Thou holdest fast my name
Ask in his name
||Ask in his name
||Ask in his name
||Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
||Baptized in the name of the Lord
||Be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
||Baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus
1 Cor. 1.13
||Were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (John the
||DO ALL IN THE NAME OF THE LORD
||Give thanks to HIS NAME
||Give thanks in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ
||Preached boldly in the name of
||Preached and taught in the name of
the Lord Jesus
|3 John 7
||Went forth in his name
||Persecuted for HIS NAME's sake
(note - not for Baptist name)
||Hazarded their lives for the NAME
OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
||Die in the name of the LORD JESUS
1 Pt. 4.14
||Reproached for the name of Christ
||Hated of all men for the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ
||Suffer for the name of Jesus
||Suffered shame for the name of the
Lord Jesus Christ
||Give up all things for the name of
the Lord Jesus Christ.
||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
||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:
Baptist (some of which are in the North),
Northern Baptist (some of which are found in the
National Baptist (which nation?),
North American Baptist,
(many weren't American at all),
(many were Americans!),
(does this mean there are "Irregular Baptist?),
(They were hardly conservative)
Old German Baptist,
7th Day Baptist,
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Baptist,
Bible Believing 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.
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.
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.
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.
A good name is rather to be
chosen than great riches,
and loving favour rather than
silver and gold.
greater name than the Lord Jesus Christ.
My I go to the grave defending his name!
Please do write if you have any questions or comments!