Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Through the centuries Baptists have earnestly contended for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). For this they have paid a heavy price. It is estimated that during the Dark Ages some 50,000,000 people were killed for defending the faith once delivered to the saints. This seems to be lost in the minds of most modern Baptists.
Even those of other faiths give testimony of the truth of what I have just said. For example in 1819 the king of the Netherlands commissioned his theologians to write about the Dutch Reformed Church but the Baptists kept getting in the way. Their conclusion was “We have now seen that the Baptists, who were formerly called ‘Anabaptist,’ were the original Waldenses, and who have long in the history of the church received the honor of that origin. On this account the Baptists may be considered as the only Christian community which has stood since the days of the apostles, and as a Christian society which has preserved pure the doctrines of the gospel through all ages.”
Terms equivalent to “anabaptist” in the middle of the second century or the beginning of the third century. This term comes from some churches adding baptism to salvation and those churches who remained faithful to biblical teaching refusing to accept improper baptism as biblical. The faithful churches baptized those who came from churches who baptized as part of salvation and they were therefore called rebaptizers or anabaptists.
While it is true that this name was given by the Catholic Church to all who opposed them, it was first given to those who stood for the Baptist position on baptism. You can see from the quote above that Baptists were first call Anabaptists.
Most Baptists of our day have been so taught by Protestants that they are loosing this their identity. If Baptists are just another Protestant denomination they have no reason to exist, but if what the Dutch historians said is true, Baptists are not protestants and were it not for them the pure doctrines of the Gospel would not have been preserved.
Let us listen to the admonition of Paul to the Philippians: “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;” Philippians 1:27
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