What is an Independent Baptist?
By Bro. D.L. Ramsey
IT IS WHAT ALL BAPTIST CHURCHES USED TO BE ... before Baptist Churches began to organize into Conventions and Associations to accomplish a united purpose. INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS do co-operate effectively for the common cause of world evangelization through the combined efforts of a Fellowship-relationship of the local congregations. We feel involvement determined by "membership' in a Convention often creates a situation in which the program of that Convention becomes more important than the local Church that created it, causing the lustre and importance of the local Church ministry to be obscured.
ALL BAPTIST CHURCHES THAT ARE BAPTIST ...believe and accept the one statement of Faith of all Baptists that have ever cherished that name. There are churches called Baptist, who practice foot washing as an ordinance and do not even believe in eternal security, that we do not consider true Baptists.
INDEPENDENT BAPTIST CHURCHES WILL RECEIVE AND GRANT LETTERS ...to all Baptist Churches that adhere to the Baptist Statement of Faith regardless of their Convention or Association affiliation.
INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS HAVE NO QUARREL WITH ANY
WE DO NOT CHOOSE TO BECOME INVOLVED WITH ORGANIZED CONVENTIONS OR ASSOCIATIONS BECAUSE ...all too often we have discovered that many Colleges and Seminaries sponsored by organized Conventions, while being supported by local churches, have professors who do not believe or teach doctrines that we feel are Biblically true and vital to the Christian Faith. Such doctrines as the Verbal Inspiration of Scriptures and the Deity and Virgin Birth of our Lord are included in these. We find the local churches make their existence a reality by financial support, yet their voice and convictions do not carry enough influence to correct the errors that arise in these institutions.
SUNDAY SCHOOL — AN "ALL BIBLE" SUNDAY SCHOOL
*Adult Bible classes in which the husband and wife sit together and hear the scriptures taught by qualified Bible teachers.
*Sunday School classes for all ages that are involved in an actual Bible study with the aid of suitable visual aids for each respective age group.
*Sunday School teachers that are requested to live separated lives. We desire the best possible Bible teacher for your child.
Sunday School Quarterlies or other aids are not allowed preference over the Bible in class or personal use.
PREACHING SERVICE — WITH OLD FASHIONED "AMENS"
You will receive no Service Program. We strive to have an informal service. If folks attend a service and it is formal and "stiff resulting in discomfort on the part of the person that attends, that person will never receive from that service the Spiritual help he desires. Formality and coldness are not the credentials of Spirituality and Christian living.
Old-Fashioned Gospel preaching with simplicity and sincerity geared to soul winning and Christian living.
An understandable emphasis on OUR LORD'S RETURN.
A sincere welcome for the poor as well as the rich. We do not believe that any church should become a style show or social club.
The Church is a place to WORSHIP and ADORE our Lord.
MISSIONS: WHERE EVERY
* Most Convention or Association oriented Baptist churches send their mission offerings through some planned program where distribution is left to the discretion of some Committee, because it is not the desire of the local Church to designate its offerings. INDEPENDENT BAPTISTS commit themselves to a designated amount of monthly support for a definite missionary or mission project and the congregations receive personal letters and receipts from those receiving contributions. We feel this brings the congregation into a personal relationship with its missionaries and mission projects. These missionaries are asked to personally visit the churches.
POLICY, NOT POLITY, MAKES THE DIFFERENCE, IF TRULY BAPTISTIC,
A CHURCH WILL BE FUNDAMENTAL IN DOCTRINE… MAKING IT A FUNDAMENTAL