Arguing Regenerate Church Membership: Baptist Identity During Its First Decade, 1610-1620: Non-Baptists Seeking Membership in a Baptist Church Frequently Inquire As to Why Baptists Insist That They Be Rebaptized (Essay‪)‬

Baptist History and Heritage 2009, Wntr, 44, 1

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The explanation normally takes a while: they are told that Baptists understand baptism differently than do most denominations. (1) Whereas most denominations practice infant baptism, according to the thinking of most Baptists baptism should follow expression of faith in Christ that can only cxme from one who has made a self-conscious commitment to Christ. Thus, infant baptism is not an option for most Baptist churches. In modern American culture, however, Baptists commonly marry outside their own denomination, and often the couple wants to join a Baptist church together. Most Baptist pastors whose churches do not accept infant baptism are pragmatic enough to create some form of a "watchcare" program of halfway membership with the hope that the non-Baptist will eventually accept baptism again with the new understanding that it is a sign of an established relationship based on the believer's decision. Something like this practice seeks to accommodate present realities while holding to the original vision that gave Baptists their name. Baptist identity has been a topic of keen interest in Baptist studies. The task for historians and theologians is perhaps more urgent today considering the denomination's struggle to keep members. (2) Many Baptist scholars have taken up the task of defining Baptist identity. Numerous works offer discussion of what are often called "distinctives." But "distinctives" claims too much since the list often includes ideas shared with other Protestants, such as the authority of scripture alone and the Lordship of Christ. (3) Wheeler Robinson's use of "principles" would seem to be a better choice of terms than either "distinctives" or "characteristics." (4)

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2009
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