Why should I be a Baptist?
During the time I have been a member of the Body of Christ this question
has been asked me several times: How is it that most of your relatives belong to
the Baptist church, and you are not a member of it? So for the information and
benefit of those making such inquiries, I give twelve scriptural reasons, and if
these are not sufficient that you may know why I am not a Baptist, I can give
My first reason for not being a Baptist is that when Peter made the good
confession, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God, and Christ answered
him, Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church - Matthew 16:16-18, I
DO NOT BELIEVE HE MEANT THAT HE WOULD BUILD A BAPTIST CHURCH.
Neither do I believe he had reference back to the time when John was baptizing,
because the words, I WILL build my church, do not mean I HAVE BUILT my
church, but I am going to build. So we see Christ was speaking of the
future, and not of the past. Then why should I be a Baptist?
My second reason for not being a Baptist is because Christ also says:
Where two or three are gathered together in my name there am I in the midst of
them - Matthew 18:20. Thus you see we must meet in the name of Christ instead of
meeting in the name of the Baptist. That is His desire; and so it is mine. Then
why should I be a Baptist?
My third reason for not being a Baptist is because the Baptist church is not
essential to salvation. The Baptists claim that baptism is not essential to
salvation. If this is true, salvation comes independent of their church, which
makes the Baptist church non essential. Then why in the name of the Baptist
should I belong to a church that is not essential to my salvation? God forbid!
My fourth reason for not being a Baptist is because I have long since
ceased to hear the voice of John the Baptist crying in the wilderness of Judea,
and learned to hear the voice of that great Ruler and King, Christ Jesus, who
says in His blessed Word: Come and follow me - Matthew 19:21; I am the way - John 14:6; I am the door. By me
if any man enter in he shall be saved and shall go in and out and find pasture -
John 10:9. Thus we see that Christ himself is the door, and the church is his
body. So if it is his body, I am sure it is not a Baptist body.
Listen: Far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come, and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all - Ephesians 1:21-23. Then, in order to become a member of this great body of Christ, we must obey his commandments; that is, we must Believe his word, Repent of our sins, Confess his name and be Baptized into his body. Listen to the Apostle Paul in his epistle to the Romans: Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life - Romans 6:34. And listen also to him in his epistle to the Galatians: For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ - Galatians 3:27. I have done all these things, which makes me a member of the church of Christ. Is that not enough without becoming a member of the Baptist church? It certainly is. Then why be a Baptist?
My fifth reason for not being a Baptist is because there is no salvation in
the name Baptist. Peter, speaking of Christ, says: This is the stone which was
set at naught of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is
there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given
among men whereby we must be saved - Acts 4:11-12.
My sixth reason for not being a Baptist is because I believe that everything
we do, in word or in deed, should be done in the name of Christ - minus the
name Baptist. And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of
the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him - Colossians 3:17.
My seventh reason for not being a Baptist is because,
The foundation of
God is sure, having this seal, ‘The Lord knoweth them that are his’; and ‘Let
every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity’ - 2 Timothy 2:19.
Therefore I name the name of Christ instead of the name Baptist, and so I am not
My eighth reason for not being a Baptist is because I adore the name of
Christ above all other names. I care nothing about what John Wesley, Alexander
Campbell, Billy Sunday or Sam Jones did, for it is not what they did, but what the
Apostles preached and practiced that I am interested in. Neither do I care
anything about the several different kinds of Baptist doctrines, such as
Missionary Baptist, Close Communionists, Open Communionists, Freewill,
Hardshell, softshell, or any other kind of a shell, for if I should take what man
says instead of what God says, look what I should get into. God said, In the day
that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die - Genesis 2:17. The Devil said, Thou
shalt not surely die - Genesis 3:4. Jesus said, He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved - Mark 16:16. Man says, He that believeth and is saved may be
baptized. But, so far as I am concerned, I have laid aside what man says and
have taken what Jesus said: therefore, I am not a Baptist.
My ninth reason for not being a Baptist is because they express their
opinion as to the kind of fruit a tree will bear before it bringeth forth any fruit, for
they say when a person gets forgiveness of their sins, they are saved, then, there
and forever. I remember being at a Baptist revival once when a young man arose
from the mourner’s bench shouting, and the preacher said, Another soul
saved! About two weeks after the meeting closed I heard this same young man
taking the name of God in vain. At different times I have seen him indulging in the
wickedness of the world, and he died in this condition. I leave you to say whether
that tree brought forth good or evil fruit. But listen to what the Lord says: Every
tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them - Matthew 8:19-20. So we must wait
until the tree brings forth fruit and then by its fruit we shall know it; for we cannot
tell as soon as the seed is planted as to what kind of fruit it is, for it has not yet
brought forth fruit.
I was present at a revival on another occasion and saw another young
man rise from the anxious seat, and heard the preacher say, The power of
God is mighty to save. Thank God another soul has got religion. Then my mind
at once fell upon this passage of scripture: Pure religion and undefiled before
God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world - James 1:27. This passage of
scripture teaches me plainly that religion - pure and undefiled - is something to
be done, and not something to get, because I cannot find such words in the
Bible as getting religion.
My tenth reason for not being a Baptist is because they baptize to make
Baptists, and not to make Christians; for they say a person who gets forgiveness
is a Christian, whether they have been baptized or not; but that they have to be
baptized by a Baptist minister before they can become a Baptist. Notwithstanding
the fact that one whose sins are forgiven is a fit subject for heaven and is
entitled to an entrance into the Holy City, there to commune with God and all the
holy angels, yet he is not a fit subject to commune with the Baptists here unless
he has been baptized into their church. What is the matter, my Baptist friend? Is
your church any better than heaven? I say, No; a thousand times, No!
My eleventh reason for not being a Baptist is because the Apostle Paul
rebuked the members of the Church of God at Corinth for wanting to wear the
names of others instead of the name of Christ. But nevertheless, some of the
good old brethren that wanted to wear the name of Christ alone, said I am of
Christ. Now this I say that every one of you saith I am of Paul, and I of Apollos,
and I of Cephas, and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or
were ye baptized in the name of Paul? - 1 Corinthians 1:12-13. No, Paul was not
crucified for me, neither was John the Baptist, therefore I will not wear their
names. Neither have I been baptized in the name of the Baptist. But I have been
baptized in the name of Christ only, and I will wear His name and not deny it for
He says: 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 - Revelation 3:8. Read the 19th chapter of Acts and you will
see that certain of John’s disciples were baptized over because they were not
baptized in the name of Christ but were only baptized with John’s baptism.
Listen. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said,
Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of
repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which
should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus - Acts 19:3-5.
My twelfth reason for not being a Baptist is because the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch - Acts 11:26. But what were they called before
they were called Christians? Disciples of Christ only. If ye continue in my word
then are ye my disciples indeed - John 8:31. So we see, if we live according to
New Testament teachings that we are to call ourselves Christians or disciples of
Christ instead of Baptists. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf - 1 Peter 4:16. Therefore we
must glorify God with the name Christian instead of the name Baptist. But some
say there’s nothing in a name. Well if that is the case, my brother, that you are
holding to a name there’s nothing in, for Jesus’ sake get rid of it and get hold of
the name of Christ for there’s much in it. Listen. And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb
stood on the mount Sion, an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s
name written in their foreheads - Revelation 14:1.
So my salvation is based on these principles:
No church but the church of Jesus Christ;
No book but the Bible;
No name but the Divine;
No creed but the Christ.
So, if you are a sinner traveling the downward road to Hades and have a
desire to get to heaven you must turn and pursue the heavenly way which is so
plain that a wayfaring man, tho a fool, need not err therein.
1st Hear the Gospel and believe it - Romans 1:16.
2nd Repent of your sins - Acts 2:38.
3rd Confess the Lord before men - Matthew 10:32.
4th Be baptized into His body - Romans 6:3-4; Galatians 3:27.
Then add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge
temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; and to
godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity - 2 Peter1:5-7.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that
endureth to the end shall be saved - Matthew 10:22 - without being a Baptist.
Charles J. Kincaid
Published in The Old Paths Archive