Heirbyadoption wrote: Wade wrote:
Joy, there is a multitude of splits of Baptist denominations, many of which in times past had divisions so deep they stopped recognising one another. Particular Baptist, Primitive Baptists, Two-Seed-In-The-Spirit Predestinarian Baptists, Free Will Baptists, Independent Fundamentalist Baptists (KJV Only) who affiliated with Bob Jones, independent fundamentalist Baptists who do not affiliate with Bob Jones, and so forth.
I'm not at peace with people who think you can shoot your enemies instead of loving them. Of course, I do what I can to avoid sowing discord and inflaming conflict, but at the end of the day, Anabaptists are entirely different from Baptists.
Legalism builds walls because of generalizations rather than division because of truth.
Wade, could you elaborate on that a little for us? Thanks.
I've seen so many assumptions in Christianity because of labels. As soon as one states they are Catholic, Protestant, Anabaptist, or any split off group out of these often it seems that preconceived notions are formed.
It's like a label comes with a stamp - that to me is legalistic.
Set apart from the world division that is apparent should exist because of Truth and not because we are trying to fit into a cultural mold conceived in our minds. And I am talking about more than outward appearance as I have seen big divisions within Plain Mennonite churches where everybody dressed the same. That division is not intended for the view of others, or caused by the letter of the law but rather hearts full of devotion to God lead by His spirit.
Just last week a man ask me about my faith. I said I am Christian. He stared at me blankly. Then with further probing I asked if he knew about Anabaptist's. He said, "So you are Baptist's?" I went on the explain some the defining differences during the reformation as best as I could and he exclaimed, "Those things are biblical!" Yet he has for years attended a Baptist church and never heard of these things or Anabaptist's....
So please remember that the majority of the world does not have ANY Anabaptist church to choose from to attend, never mind multiple different flavors to choose from... Maybe they are where they are because that is where God has them and really they are bearing a hard cross but find His grace sufficient because they trust Him and His ways and not labels.