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The Baptists

Baptists, like other Christians, are defined by doctrine—some of it common to all orthodox and evangelical groups and a portion of it importantly distinctive. Theological reformation is urgently needed in order to promote the spiritual effectiveness and longevity of the recent return to biblical authority. This reformation will speak with renewed vigor and fidelity in biblical exposition, walk circumspectly but energetically with beautiful gospel-bearing feet, strain forward toward the heavenly goal of Christ's transforming return, and remember the example and faith of Baptist pilgrims of the past. Who were the people and what were the teachings that gave Southern Baptists the bones, ligaments, muscles, breath, and blood to endure and prosper in the intensity of the twentieth century? Looking back to the founding fathers has the potential to provoke spiritual renewal by helping modern believers more clearly understand the Word of God. Such a reformation and revival among the Southern Baptists could, under God, significantly influence the missions, theological education, worship, and evangelism in the entire modern evangelical world....

—Thomas J. Nettles, "A Foundation for the Future: The Southern Baptist Message and Mission"

"This is the name which God gave to the first man who He called and commissioned to do any baptizing. He named him ‘John the Baptist.’ Hence, real Baptists have no reason to be ashamed of or to apologize for the Scriptural name they bear." "The Churches of God" Studies in the Scriptures (Dec., 1927). Page 5.—A.W. Pink

"If I thought it were wrong to be a Baptist, I should give it up, and become what I believed to be right." C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1897). Volume 1, Page 154.

“It is enough to show that what Christ’s churches were in the days of the Apostles, that the Baptist churches of today find themselves.  The truths held by them have never died since Christ gave them, and in the exact proportion that any people have maintained these truths they have been the true Baptists of the world.”—Thomas Armitage, History of the Baptists, (New York: Bryan Taylor & Co., 1887), 111

"We are Calvinistic Baptists, and have no desire to sail under false colors, neither are we ashamed of our principles; if we were, we would renounce them tomorrow." The Metropolitan Tabernacle: Its History and Work. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1876). Preface, Page 4.—Charles H. Spurgeon

"I am a Baptist, and he may call me, if he pleases, a new one, or an old Calvinistic one, or an Antinomian one; it is a very trifle to me." An Answer to the Birmingham Dialogue-Writer &c. - Part 1. (London: Aaron Ward, 1737). Page 134.—John Gill

"Our character is fixed. And be it known to all men, we are Strict Baptists. To this character, as before explained, we subscribe with heart and hand." A Defense of the Baptists &c. (London: E. & C. Dilly, 1778). Page 142.—Abraham Booth


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"Every thinking man has a Creed about polities, religion, and the best manner of conducting the business with which he is most familiar. It may not be printed, it may not be communicated in words except in special cases, but it surely exists in all intelligent minds. And if the reader can remember a denomination without an avowed Confession of Faith, he will find that in that community there is an understood creed just as real, and as well known by those familiar with its people and its teachings, as if everyone of its members carried a printed copy of it in his hand. Baptists have always gloried in the fact that the Bible was their creed, and at the same time, for centuries they have had published Confessions of Faith". 
                                              —William Cathcart

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Thomas J. Nettles

The nature of Baptist identity has come to a place of critical importance in Baptist studies. What exactly constitutes a Baptist? Tom Nettles seeks to answer this fascinating question through examining the lives of some of the most high profile and influential Baptists in history.

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