17 Facts About Baptist


Swedish Baptist have origins in the Radical Pietism movement that split off from the Lutheran Church of Sweden due to the Conventicle Act rather than the English Dissenters that split off from the Anglican Church of England, but both reached similar conclusions on theology.

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Baptist churches have their origins in a movement started by the English John Smyth and Thomas Helwys in Amsterdam.

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Baptist rejected the Separatist movement's doctrine of infant baptism .

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Baptist was convinced on the basis of his interpretation of Scripture that infants would not be damned should they die in infancy.

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Baptist died while waiting for membership, and some of his followers became Mennonites.

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The modern Baptist denomination is an outgrowth of Smyth's movement.

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Baptist founded the first General Baptist Church in Spitalfields, east London, England in 1612.

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In general, Baptist churches do not have a stated age restriction on membership, but believer's baptism requires that an individual be able to freely and earnestly profess their faith.

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Furthermore, this Baptist polity calls for freedom from governmental control.

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Since there is no hierarchical authority and each Baptist church is autonomous, there is no official set of Baptist theological beliefs.

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Baptist churches established elementary and secondary schools, Bible colleges, colleges and universities as early as the 1680s in England, before continuing in various countries.

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Programs like True Love Waits, founded in 1993 by the Southern Baptist Convention have been developed to support the commitments.

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Whereas in the First Great Awakening Methodist and Baptist preachers had opposed slavery and urged manumission, over the decades they made more of an accommodation with the institution.

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Southern Baptist Convention supported white supremacy and its results: disenfranchising most Blacks and many poor whites at the turn of the 20th century by raising barriers to voter registration, and passage of racial segregation laws that enforced the system of Jim Crow.

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In 1995, the Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution that recognized the failure of their ancestors to protect the civil rights of African Americans.

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In Jamaica, for example, William Knibb, a prominent British Baptist missionary, worked toward the emancipation of slaves in the British West Indies .

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Southern Baptist Landmarkism sought to reset the ecclesiastical separation which had characterized the old Baptist churches, in an era when inter-denominational union meetings were the order of the day.

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