Helping struggling churches in remote areas
Urging missionaries and churches to stand
fast in the Last Days
not a Baptist in order to go to
heaven: I am a Baptist because I am going to heaven. Many religions
believe that people can only get to heaven through them. Then when one
of their parishioners becomes at odds with the church, they threaten to
ex-communicate them which in their teaching, sends a person to hell.
With all that said, I want to speak to you today about Baptist
distinctives. A distinctive is something that set's you apart from the
belief of others.
Being born again is a requirement for going to heaven.
John 3:3- "Jesus answered, and
said unto him,
Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God. (verse 4) Nicodemus
saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the
second time into his mother's womb, and be born? (verse 5) Jesus answered, Verily,
Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God". I believe as God's word
teaches; that you can't go to heaven unless you are born again and this
is one of the primary Baptist distinctives. That is also
the reason Baptist obey the great commission of our Lord and send
missionaries to the ends of the earth to make converts and to train
them to set up a soul winning station where ever they
2- Baptist require a public profession
of faith for church membership.
therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess before my
Father which is in heaven. (Verse
33) But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny
before my Father which is in heaven".
expects each new convert to testify
before the church congregation and the world for that matter that he or
she is a
born again believer. Likewise if a person moves to a new town or want's
to become a member of another Baptist congregation, they come
profession of faith and or a church letter from the previous church and
without it you can't become a
member of a
Baptist church. Baptist like to be certain that you know the Lord in
the free pardon of sin before joining a fellowship because too many
people have their membership on church rosters without having it
written in the Lamb's book of life in heaven.
baptism or transfer of letter for church membership.
(A)- Baptism is
testimony of what has happened.
A transfer of letter must come from a church of like precious faith
need to get this straight in the beginning that baptism has absolutely
nothing to do with being born again but is a testimony of that
(B)- A born again experience must precede baptism.
8:35-38 Is the story concerning the Ethiopian eunuch
who was reading from Isaiah chapter 53 about
God's lamb who was wounded for our transgressions and with his stripes
healed. The Eunuch ask Phillip to explain the scripture.
Acts 8:35- "Then Philip opened
mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Acts 8:36- And as they went on
their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See,
here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? Acts 8:37- And Philip said, if
thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and
said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Acts 8:38- And he commanded the
chariot to stand still: and they went down into the water, both Philip
and the eunuch; and he baptized him".
Baptism by Immersion is a Baptist distinctive.
believe that no
other method is proper except immersion. Philip and the eunuch both
went down into the water and came up out of the water. I believe this
method is proper and the standard is set for the church age. Baptist
also will not accept what is called, "Alien baptism". If you come out
some other church group like the Methodist or others; and request to
join the fellowship of a Baptist church; you will have to submit to
re-baptism after you make a proper profession of faith in Jesus Christ
as Saviour and Lord. This is the reason the early bible believers were
called Ana-baptist and the word means, "re-baptizers" because they made
people become re-baptized if they came out of the Catholic church or
other non Baptist movement. Baptism is a testimony of what Christ
has done for you!
4- Baptist require biblical
In order for a person to hold a church office or to
be filled with the Holy Spirit.
2-Corinthians 6:17- "Wherefore come out from among them,
and be ye separate. saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing;
and I will receive you".
Beach parties and bikini clad christians
are showing up in churches more and more as we near the second coming
of our Lord and such things show the world that they are no different
from the world. Alcohol consuming christians are headed for destruction
with a testimony to prove it! A very important Baptist distinctive is
that the world and the church are different!
If you are not living a
separated life from worldliness and sinfulness; you can not get God's
approval for any kind of spiritual service nor can you get Christ
groups to approve it. You need not tell me that there are so
called christian workers who are living in sin and teaching a sunday
school class or a song leaded in a church or holding other leadership
rolls but God isn't going to let them continue doing it without
judgment coming upon them. If they continue without the hand of God
bringing them into account; you can rest assured that they are unsaved.
God doesn't chasten the devil's children in this life but their day
will come when they will hear the Lord tell them that He never knew
them and they will be eternally separated from God.
require Pastors and Deacons to have only one living wife.
family that serves the Lord.
divorce and remarriage disqualifies a pastor or Deacon for that office
in a New Testament Church. Children who live at home and are living
ungodly lives out of control of their parents also disqualifies Pastors
and Deacons for holding that office.
The book of
Titus begins with instructions for ordaining
elders, (Pastors) in every city with instructions in chapter 1:6 "If any be blameless,
the husband of
one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly".
Here is one point where
many modern churches have become very lax; even some Baptist have gone
into error while allowing pastors to have a divorce and remarriage but
have news for you: God isn't going to approve it and he will never
bless your congregation as long as you allow sin to remain in the camp!
Baptist refuse Women pastors.
wonder if you heard me right but God will never
approve of women being ordained into the gospel ministry, no not in a
million years! 1-Timothy 2:12 "But
I suffer not a woman to teach, nor
to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence".
Every time I turn the TV
on and try to find a good uplifting preaching service; I have to sift
through a multitude of outlandish women who think God called them to
preach. I have news for you dear lady: God didn't call you, he didn't
inspire you nor did he suggest it in the smallest manner.
God is not against women members but
rules are in place governing their role in the home and in the church.
Baptist expect members to practice ecclesiastical
have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove them". If
that you can be a member of the ministerial association where you are
in fellowship with so called ministers who deny the infallibility of
God's word, who believe in evolution instead of the creative acts of
Elohim, those who preach a bloodless message, those who ordain
homosexuals to the ministry, those who ordain women preachers, those
who get their instructions on doctrine from a board of directors and
many more unthinkable errors; you are sadly mistaken and God will not
You should know what Baptist distinctives are
this point and if you still don't know, you need to carefully study
this message again. Get your heart right with God or get out of the
ministry is my recommendation. If you are in compliance with Baptist
directives and Baptist distinctives, you can say Amen and again Amen.
James Tyson Sr.