Early in 30 AD, the first Church was started when the Disciples believed and were Spirit empowered. It appears the first Church was not first Spirit empowered at Pentecost, but by Jesus in a room, 50 days before Pentecost (John 20:21-23). By the time of Pentecost, the first Church seems to have been stationed at Jerusalem. From this Church, new Churches were started, coming out of the first Church (Acts 9:31). Those that were saved were added to the local assembly, by being saved and Baptized (Acts 2:41). From Acts 15, we learn that James, the half-brother of Jesus, became the Pastor of the Church, located at Jerusalem. Why not one of the original 12, minus Judas? The answer seems to be that they were given over to spreading the gospel, not staying put in one place. They were more of the pioneer Missionaries, than of permanent Pastors. Also, the original Disciples faced certain death, shortly after the Resurrection. They were well known by the Jewish leadership, and had to keep on the move, or be put to death. In fact, James the Disciple is killed by the sword in Acts 12:1-3. These original Disciples were marked men. Early in Church history Saul of Tarsus is converted on the Damascus Road, (Acts 9) while going to kill Christians.
up with the Church at Jerusalem in Acts 9:26-28, with the help of
Barnabas, a disciple. Barnabas next goes to Antioch, and brings Saul
to this Church. The Church at Antioch next sends Saul, to do some
relief work with Barnabas, back to this poor Church at Jerusalem
(Acts 11:25- 30; and Acts 12:25). Saul spent a whole year in this
Church (Acts 11:26). Saul, whose name is later changed to Paul, goes
on to become the greatest Missionary in Church history. Paul is sent
to establish Churches under the authority of the local Church, which
was at Antioch. Paul had been preaching up to this point, but could
not start any Church without Church Authority. This is found in Acts
13:1-5. Man may establish all the fellowships, social groups, and “so
called” Churches he wants, but only God, with His method, can
establish true Churches. Throughout the first century, the Churches
spread, the more they were persecuted. Paul, the greatest Missionary,
started Gentile Churches, which led to the Gospel going into the
Church history, man tried to pervert the gospel (Galatians 1:6-9).
Man tried to teach works Salvation. (Ebionism) See also Acts 15:1-5,11.
This is the problem even today, of those who teach you can lose your
salvation. They are teaching works salvation! Later on, Gnosticism
became a problem in the first Century Church (1 John 4:1-3). This
false teaching, denied the humanity of Christ. This was the heresy
that Menno Simmons was caught up in. The Bible calls him an Antichrist!
Heresy of the first Century was the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes (Revelation
2:6,15). It appears this group taught a hierarchy for the Churches, leading
to Roman Catholic False Church. The Nicolaitanes were also a licentious
sect. Another heresy was Balaamism. This was a merger of paganism and
Christianity. See Revelation 2:20. This can even be seen today in fundamental
Churches, that have been influenced by the Willo Creek Movement or (Purpose
driven Church movement). Also, shortly after John finished the book of
Revelation, (the end of the first Century) another Heresy came into the
Churches. This was the belief of Baptismal Regeneration. Remission of
sins became through the tub, not the blood. This was works Salvation all
over again. Men who taught this heresy in the first few hundred years,
were, Hermes, Barnabas, (not the N.T.one), Justin Martyr, Origen, Tertullian,
Irenaeus, Cyprian, Hilary, Basil, Cyril, Gregory, and the famous Augustine.
This heresy began the start of the pulling out of the true Churches. As
Churches became Worldlier, and more false doctrine came in, more and more
Churches withdrew fellowship from other Churches. The true Churches were
called Anabaptist (Rebaptizer) Churches. They Baptized again, any person
coming from a questionable group. They baptized again, any person Baptized
before they were saved, or any person not properly baptized. This led
to much hostility by the non-Anabaptist Churches.
Byzantine Emperor, Justinian I (529AD- 565AD), condemned anyone practicing
AnaBaptism to death. This was by the Justinian Imperial Law Code of 529AD.
This was used on the AnaBaptist throughout the dark ages.
1529AD the Imperial Mandate reinforced this Law. This led to the death
of thousands of AnaBaptist during the Reformation period.
Also in the
first Century was a group known as the Welch Baptist. They were also
called AnaBaptist by themselves.
Baptist started in 63AD. They were known as Mountain Baptist.
All who joined
the Welch Baptist were Baptized by Immersion again. They believe
in no authority but the Bible, and the Lord’s Supper was symbolic
only. See- Ford, pages 32-34.
Baptist came to America to start Baptist Churches in the 1600 and
In 1663 AD – John
Miles came from Wales to Swansea, Mass.
In 1692AD – John
Phillips a Welch Baptist came to America.
- Thomas Griffith, a Welch Baptist Minister came to America with
15 members of his Church with him.
In 1703AD – John
Thomas, a Welch Baptist Minister came to America
In 1713AD – Thomas
Davis, a Welch Baptist Minister came to America.
Richard Jones, a Welch Baptist Minister arrived in America.
In 1739AD – David
Evans, a Welch Baptist Minister came to America.
In 1761AD – Morgan
Edwards a Welch Baptist Minister arrived in America.
See – Jarrel,
then is the History of the Welch Baptist?
to Davis, in History of the Welch Baptist, page 7 -- Prudence & his
wife Claudia, were saved under the Apostle Paul in Rome in 63AD.
Shortly thereafter, they returned home to Wales, with many others
who had been saved.
In the year
180AD, two ministers by the names of Faganus and Damicanus, who were
born in Wales, but were born again in Rome, and there becoming eminent
ministers of the gospel, were sent from Rome, to assist their brethren
in Wales. See- D.N. Jackson, (Why I Am A Baptist), page 11.
In this same
year, Lucius the Welch King, became the first King in the World to
embrace Christ, and he was baptized.
year 300AD, the Welch Baptist suffered most terribly and bloody under
persecution. This was the 10th pagan persecution under the reign
600AD, the Welch Baptist suffered greatly, when Austin came from
Rome to convert the people to Popery.
succeeded in England, was not successful in Wales. The reason being,
that the Welch were strong Christians who believed in a separation
of Church and State all together. They believed that the Kingdom
of Christ is not of this world.
the Welch ministers and delegates agreed to meet with Austin. When
the Welch would not submit to infant Baptism and Popery, Austin had
the Saxons murder all the Welch Ministers and delegates. Many more
afterwards, were put to death.
the leading men being dead, King Cadwalader and the majority of the
Welch people submitted to popery, out of fear.
true AnaBaptist fled to the mountains (Mountain Baptist). According
to Thomas’s History, by 1653AD, there was only six or seven
true Baptist Churches left, all in the mountains. See-History of
the Welch Baptist, by Davis pages 1-20. A very famous Welch Baptist
in the 15th Century was a man named William Tyndale.
us back to the second Century, in AnaBaptist history.
In the Second
Century, shortly after the completion of the Bible, a group of God’s
true Churches were called Montanist.
again known as AnaBaptist, for their teachings on Baptism. See –Schaff,
History of the Christian Church, Volume II, page 429. These Montanist
believed in the PreMillennial Return of Christ. See – Vedder,
A short History of the Baptist, page 60. They also believed in Separate & Independent
Churches, purity in the Church, and only saved could be Baptized
by Immersion, by their free choice. (See Ford, Origin of the Baptist,
pages 92 & 93.)
of infant Baptism, defended non-resistance, and taught strongly the
prayer veil. (See Mennonites in Europe, page 3). Tertullian, a second
Century writer, became a Montanist. NOTE- He would have had to reject
his earlier teaching of Baptismal Regeneration to become a Montanist!
See - Tertullian, page 109.
in the Second Century through the Reformation, was a group known
As the Waldenses. They were also called AnaBaptist because of their
teachings on Baptism. They believed a person needed to be saved first,
than have Baptism by Immersion only, placing them into a true church,
the church only being local. This group separated themselves not
only from latter Rome, but other Religious groups –Clover,
page 324. The name Waldense, came from Peter Waldo, a rich merchant
of the 12th Century. However, he was not the founder of this group.
According to the Bishop of Meaux, the Churches of this Movement began
in 120 AD. (See Ecclesiastical History of the Ancient Churches of
Piedmont, by Allex, pages 191-193).
taught non-resistance, no lawsuits, no oaths, no attendance at worldly
amusements, and against the worship of relics and purgatory. Their
ministers were not salaried, but were well supported by the membership.
(See – Mennonites in Europe, pages 5 & 6).
did groups separate from the majority of Churches?
lies in even more Heresy that was coming into the Churches.
Around 150AD – Some
Churches started practicing open Communion. That is, no checking on whether a person was saved and Baptise or not, just opened to anyone!
was Sacradotalism. This put God’s people into 2 classes, the
laity and Clergy class.
Also in the
second Century came the heresy of Sophistication. The Bible had command
not to make images in
shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any
thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or
that is in the water under the earth”. The problem was that,
man began to make images to teach truth. This led to praying to idols,
and holding images as tokens of religion. It became necessary to
have symbols in order to worship. Even today, how many “religious
symbols” are in the average Baptist Church? This is a carry
over of Sophistication. In the second Century Tetullian (160-230AD)
even defended Christians against accusations of “Cross Worship”.
How many Baptist Churches today have a cross, a fish symbol, a Catholic
Steeple, flags, and Catholic pictures of Saints and a Hippy Jesus!
the conclusion of the second century, one Montanus, who lived in
a Phrygian village called Pepuza, undertook a mission to restore
Christianity to its native simplicity. One class of professors being
at the period carried away with Egyptian symbols, while others made
up a system of religion from philosophic notions, oriental customs,
and a portion of the gospel; apparently prompted this humble individual
to attempt a reformation, or rather a restoration, of the primitive
order of things. Being destitute of classical lore himself, he required
it not in others who were willing to further his designs. He was
decidedly hostile to those ministers, who with the new system, emanated
from Alexandria”. – See Orchard, pages 117-118.
in the second Century was Sacramentalism. This heresy began to change
the Scriptural balance between the substance and the symbol.
In the 3rd
Century there was a group known as the Novatians. They were also
called AnaBaptist. – See Moshem, Institutes of Ecclesiastical
History, Volume 1, page 203.
claimed they were the only true Church. They recognized no authority
but theirs. – Vedder, page 64.
were strong in their belief in Repentance, for Salvation. They believe
a true Church must be pure and holy. They believe in Immersion only
after Salvation. – Ford, page 88.
continued up until the Reformation and the rise of the AnaBaptist
Movement. See- A History of the Baptist, by John Christian, page
would not let back into membership those who had denied Christ during
It was during
the 3rd Century that a Church Higharchy came into being around 251AD.
of this time was Modalistic Manarchianism- Patripassianism/Sabellianism.
This was the heresy that denied the trinity. This heresy taught the
Godhead as three modes of the same person. It denied 3 persons in
one substance. It is still believed today by the Apostolic Church
practice in a form today by Mormons and jehovah witnesses was Subordinationism.
This heresy (advocated by Origen) taught Christ was a god, not the
God. It went on to say that the Son created the Holy Spirit. See – Schaff,
History of the Christian Church, VOL III, page 254.
In the 4th
Century through the 6th Century was a group known as the Donatists.
These were also called AnaBaptist. See- Christian, page 45 & Jarrel,
Baptist Church Perpetuity or History, page ix.
by Immersion those who had been Baptized as infants. See- Ford, page
believed in a pure Church See- Ford, page 77. They believed a Church
was only the Saved
believed in strong Church Discipline- Secret Sinners but not open
offenders, See Jarrel, pages 92-93.
strongly against a blending of Church and State. The emperor tried
to loan them money, but they sent it back as against the union of
Church and State. See –Jarrel, page 103.
the ancient Roman law against Rebaptizers (Donatists) those called
AnaBaptist could be suppressed by the sword”. See- The AnaBaptist
view of the Church, by Frank Littell, page XV, 1958, published now
by Rod & Staff.
heresy of this period was Arianism. This heresy taught that Christ
was the greatest created being – a god.
be wrong to leave out the greatest heresy of this period—Roman
Catholicism. In 313AD, the Emperor of Rome Constantine 1st, declared
Christianity (Roman Catholicism) the State Religion (The edit of
Milan). This combined the Church and State, and brought all religious
group into Catholicism or perish. Suddenly, pagan idols got Christian
names, and paganism continued, even today, in the great Catholic
Whore! It should also be noted that Catholicism practiced, and still
does practice water baptism, for washing away of sins. This led to
aspersion (pouring of water), because it was easy to do.
of the 4th Century was Apollinarianism. This heresy stated Jesus
was 2/3 human and 1/3 Divine.
In the 7th
Century through the 10th Century was a group called the Paulicians
(Thonraks and later Bogomils).
also called AnaBaptist.
Baptism alone placed you into the local Church, after having been saved
by a Repentant Faith.
In the 9th
Century the Paulicians drove the Byzantine government out of Armenia
and established the free state of Teprice.
was completely separate from the state and freedom of conscience
was granted to all. For 150 years this government existed. It may
be the first government ever which gave written guarantee of religious
freedom to its citizens. The Paulicians were called Baptist or Sabians
(Arab word for ReBaptizers). However, it should be noted all other
AnaBaptist were non-resistant.
In the 11th
Century was a group known as the Albigenses. The Albigenses believed
in only a local Church.
in Baptism by Immersion for the saved only, See- Ford, page 51.
only Closed Communion. See – Jarrel, page 168.
This group is given as an example, of differences in the body of Christ, always.
Please never think you have all truth, because you don't!
In the 12th
Century was a group known as the Petrobrussians.
in Immersion of true believers only. They believed the local Church was
a body composed of regenerated persons. See- Ford, page 54.
In the 14th
Century was a group known as the Lollards.
in Christian Baptism by Immersion. They stated a local Church was an assembly
of Baptized believers.
In the 1500’s,
was the Protestant Reformation. At this time, religious leaders withdrew
from Roman Catholicism. In Switzerland was a man named Zwingli. He
headed the state run Protestant Church there. However, certain followers
of his began to study the Scriptures for themselves, and decided
that Zwingli had not gone far enough out of Catholicism. Zwingli’s
main thorn in the flesh was Conrad Grebel. Grebel became the leader
of what became known as the Swiss Brethren. He was born in 1522,
but born again in 1522. A close friend of Grebel was Felix Manz.
He was born in 1490, and along with Grebel gave Zwingli much trouble.
It is interesting to note that Zwingli planned on these men teaching
at the theological school planned for Zurich. That is before they
became AnaBaptist in the 1520’s.
leader at this time was George Cajakob (Blaurock). He had left the
Catholic Church as a monk in 1524, and had first gone to study under
Zwingli. However, he left Zwingli, and joined up with Grebel and
Manz. Another person who joined the group was Andrew Castelbeger.
Another person who joined the group was Wilhelm Reublin. His story
is a sad one, for he was one that was among the group, but never
one of them (Religious, but lost). Reublin had been a Catholic Priest
who because of his preaching, was banished in 1522, and went to Zurich
and married. He was a strong believer in resistance by force to build
a Church. He tried successfully to get the Peasants to rise up by
force against all establishments. The Peasants did revolt against
the establishments, but lost, with many lives lost. When AnaBaptist
were becoming Martyrs, Reublin went back into Catholicism, for the
rest of his life! Another leader among the Swiss Brethren was Balthasar
Hubmaier. He also believed in the use of force to create a new church.
However, after being a prisoner in Zurich, and seeing that he could
end up dead, he too went back into Catholicism. (See M.I. E., page
of the Swiss Brethren was Pilgrim Marpeck. He was born in 1495, and
went to Augsburg, in South Germany in the spring of 1528, with his
wife and children. Latter that same year he moved to Strasburg. He
got into trouble with the State with his AnaBaptist preaching. The
most objectionable teachings were, his teaching on Baptism, no taking
of oaths, and no defense by force by Christians. Pilgrim Marpeck
spoke strongly about preaching justification by faith without giving
repentance and conversion their proper emphasis. Because of his views
Marpeck was banished from Strasburg. He died in 1556. Before Marpeck
died, he wrote the following in the 1540’s:
in Christ in the present time have the same right as those of apostolic
times to come together in the name of Christ in one body through
His Spirit. How than can it be asserted then that at the present
time no one has authority and power to assemble a people of Christ,
baptize them into one body, and carry out all His commands, such
as baptism, communion, laying on of hands, feet washing, teaching,
admonishing, reproving, excommunication, and all that is serviceable
and salutary for the assembling together and edification of His body
which is the Church. (See M.I.E., page 132-137)
between Zwingli and the Swiss Brethren took place for good on January
17th, 1525; this was after having public debates. Zwingli gave no
room for differences in his new Protestant state Church. (M.I.E.,
page 50 and 51).
1526, Grebel, Manz, Blaurock, and Hubmaier were all arrested and
were prisoners in Zurich. The same day sentenced was pronounced on
them, the council of Zurich decreed, “that anyone who would
henceforth perform the act of Rebaptism should be drowned without
mercy – without trial or further hearing”. (See M.I.
E., page 55).
been said by the Mennonites and others, that the first Baptism by
Grebel was by pouring. This was even shown in a film, put out by
the Mennonites. Thus according to the Mennonites, AnaBaptist Baptism
was by pouring, not by Immersion. However, Grebel who in 1525 (probably
late January), did Baptize by pouring, just one month latter, (February
1525) rebaptized Wolfgang Uliman by immersion in the Rhine, who he
had Baptized by pouring, just one month earlier. From than on, he
only immersed. What happened during that month, we do not know? However,
based on Grebel’s actions, it is safe to say, he experienced
Biblical Baptism by a true AnaBaptist. He corrected the bad Baptism,
and made it right!
was so big, that just one month later, March 1526, the Zurich counsel
ordered the killing of all AnaBaptist by drowning! See Church Perpetuity
by Jarrel, pages 196-206, also Kessler in his Sabbata, Vol I, page
On Oct 30th,
1526 Grebel was executed by beheading by Zwingli. On January 5th,
1527, just 3 months latter, Felix Manz was executed by drowning by
Zwingli. Another great leader, during this brief period was Michael
Sattler. He had left the Catholic Church as a friar, and married
a Nun. He became for a while, the guiding force of the Swiss Brethren.
1527, he presided over a conference of Swiss Brethren, which produced
the Swiss Confession of Faith, called the Schleitheim Confession,
on February 17th, 1527. (See M.I. E., page 72-73).
of Faith contained 7 points:
be administered to all who have been instructed and give evidence
of repentance and a change of life, and who believe of a truth that
their sins have been taken away by Christ, and who desire to walk
in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and to be buried with Him into
death, that they may also rise with Him, and to all who desire baptism
of us by their own decision with this understanding.
and expulsion shall be used toward those who have surrendered their
lives to the Lord to follow Him in keeping His commandments, who
have been baptized and profess to be brethren and sisters, and yet
stumble and fall into sin or are unexpectedly overtaken. They shall
be admonished twice and the third time reproved publicly before the
church and expelled according to the command of Christ, Matthew 18.
And this is to be attended to before the communion service that we
may unitedly and in one love break and eat of one bread and drink
of one cup.
All who partake
of one bread in remembrance of the broken body, and of one cup in
remembrance of His shed blood, shall be those who have been united
by baptism into the one body, of which Christ is the Head.
is needful from all evil and wickedness, which Satan has planted
into the world. This includes abstinence from all use of the un-Christian,
yea, Satanic weapons of violence, such as sword and armor and the
like. Such weapons shall not be used either for the protection of
friends or against foes, on the grounds of Christ’s words,
“Ye shall not resist evil”.
shall have the qualifications mentioned by Paul. They shall teach
and exhort and assist all the members toward advancement in their
spiritual life. When a minister needs material support, he shall
be aided by the congregation. If he be driven away, or imprisoned,
or suffer martyrdom, another shall at once be put in his place.
civil government is an institution of God outside the perfection of Christ,
to punish evildoers and protect the good. In the Church of Christ
no other means of correction are used than discipline through admonition
and expulsion of him who has sinned. The question is asked; can a
Christian become an earthly ruler if he is elected to such an office?
The answer is: Christ was to be made a king, and He fled (John 6:15).
We should do likewise and follow Him, and we shall then not walk
in darkness. He forbids the use of violence, and says (Matt. 20:25): “The
princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion, etc., but it shall not
be so among you.” Again Paul says (Rom. 8:29) that the believers
are predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, and Peter
wrote (I Peter 2:21) that Christ has suffered, not reigned, leaving
us an example that we should follow His steps.
the perfect Teacher, forbade His disciples all oaths, whether true
was executed by being burned at the stake on May 21st 1527, for being
been said about the fact that the Schleitheim Confession was against
the use of force. The quotes to follow are very important in any
discussion on this issue.
the Council of War proposed requiring all men and boys to carry a
weapon. This was so they could find out who were the AnaBaptist,
for they would never carry a weapon, being non-resistant.
all men were ordered to swear an oath of Allegiance. This was done
to find out who were the AnaBaptist, also called the Taufer’s.
This was because the AnaBaptist would never swear an Oath of Allegiance.
good historical facts and quotes:
organized the first Baptist Church in America in 1638, at Newport,
Rhode Island. See- D.N. Jackson, page 12, Why I am a Baptist. The
first Baptist Church in America was not started by Roger Williams,
and back dating the starting of a Church, to try to claim to be the
oldest, will still not change the facts!
Issac Newton declared, “The Baptist are the only body of known Christians
that never symbolized with Rome”. Due to the fact that the Mennonites
pour in Baptism, and practice a works salvation,
it is hard to see, how they claim, that they never symbolized with Rome.
Menno’s Catholic doctrines clearly comes out in the Mennonite Church.
Hosius, a Roman Catholic declared in 1524, “Were it not that
the Baptist have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife
during the past twelve hundred years, they would swarm in greater
number than all of the Reformers”.
a distinguished Protestant historian, in the year 1540, declared, “The
AnaBaptists think themselves to be the only true Church of Christ,
and acceptable to God; and teach that they who by baptism are received
into their churches ought not to have any communion (fellowship)
with those called evangelical, or any other, whatsoever for that
our (evangelical, protestant, or reformed, etc.) churches are not
True churches any more than the churches of the Papists”.
Professor at the University of South Carolina in 1843, declared, “The
conclusion is irresistible, that they (The AnaBaptist) did not consider
even immersion valid when it was the act of an unimmersed administrator,
and that there could be no valid baptism, unless the administrator
was authorized to Baptize by a Properly Constituted Church”.
a Lutheran historian declared, “Before the rise of Luther and
Calvin, there lay secreted in almost all the countries of Europe
persons who adhered tenaciously to the principles of modern Dutch
Cyclopedia, a Presbyterian work, declared, “It must have already
occurred to our readers that the Baptist are the same sect of Christians
that were formerly described as AnaBaptist. Indeed this seems to
have been their leading principle from the time of Tertullian to
the present time”. It should be noted that, Tertullian was
born just 50 years after the death of the Apostle John.
and Dermont, who were both Dutch Reform, declared, “We have
already seen that the Baptist – those who in former times were
named AnaBaptist, ….. were the original Waldenses, the men
who in the history of the church, in time so far back, have obtained
a well - deserved renown. In consequence, the Baptist may be regarded
as being from of old the only religious denomination that have continued
from the times of the Apostles, as a Christian society who have kept
the evangelical faith pure through all the ages hitherto”.
and protestant “church history, however, the name of AnaBaptist
is generally applied to a class of fanatical men who, at the beginning
of the Reformation in the sixteenth century, raised violent disturbances
in the center of Europe, and brought upon themselves a lasting odium.
These religious-political fanatics were at the time confounded with
the Baptist, from whom, however, they widely differed. The fanatical
Anabaptists, of whom we are now to speak, were originally from Germany,
where under the bishopric of Spiers, they, by a rebellion, had made
known their displeasure at the oppressions of the so-called feudal
system. This happened in the year 1491. Since, that time, they, by
their revolts, had often caused anxiety, and given the Government
no little trouble. This continued until the time of the Reformation,
when these rebels sought in the new religion an augmented power,
and made the most shameful misuse of it to the promotion of their
harassing disturbances. These ought by no means to be considered
the same as the Baptist.
are Christians, entirely different from the Anabaptist (fanatical
ones) in character. They were descended from the ancient Waldenses,
whose teachings were evangelical and tolerably pure, and who were
scattered by persecutions in various lands, and long before the time
of the Reformation of (Catholicism), were existing in the Netherlands.
In their flight, they came hither. In this country and in Flanders,
in Holland and Zealand, they lived as quiet inhabitants, not intermeddling
with the affairs of church and State: in the villages tilling the
land, and in the cities, working at some trade, or engaged in traffic,
by which means each one was well supplied, and in no respect burdensome
to society. Their manner of life was simple and exemplary. No great
crime was known among them. Their religious teaching was simple and
pure, and was exemplified in their daily conduct. In the sight of
the authorities they lived as peaceful citizens, obedient, and noted
for their uprightness, honesty, conscientiousness, temperance, and
godliness”. See -- Clover’s, Baptist History, pages 330 & 331.
the reformation, it became necessary for the Lord’s Churches to
adopt a name in order to distinguish themselves from the Protestants.
They simply discarded the prefix Ana, and called themselves Baptist”,
-- Clover’s Baptist History, page 332. Some have claimed that they
did this to avoid further persecution. If this was the case, it did not
all those designated AnaBaptist were true Baptists. However, on the
other hand, all the true churches were at one time or another called
AnaBaptist”. See Clover’s Baptist History, page 332.
is time for the True Churches to once again, return to their historic
name of AnaBaptist!
In the 1700
and 1800’s the Baptist Churches grew in America in part, due
to the activities of the Philadelphia Baptist Association. In 1845,
the Southern Baptist formed the Southern Baptist Convention, due
to the issue of Slavery. The first great Awakening (1734-1750) also
helped in the growth of Baptist in the United States. The Second
Great Awakening took place in 1790-1802. By 1850, it was estimated
that one out of every eleven people in America identified themselves
as Baptist. Revival continued on in the last half of the 1800’s
in America, with men like Moody, and Spurgeon in England.
the American Baptist Association was formed. It took a strong stand
against Protestantism. The General Association of Regular Baptist
Churches formed in 1932, not as a Convention, but as a Fellowship.
The World Baptist Fellowship (originally the Premillennial Baptist
Missionary Fellowship) was formed in 1933, under the leadership of
J. Frank Norris.
Baptist Fellowship was started in the last half of the 20th Century
under the leadership of Lee Robinson. The Baptist Missionary Association
was started in 1950 as a split from the American Baptist Association.
In the early 1980’s, Greg Dixon started the Unregistered Baptist
Fellowship, which within 20 years deteriorated, when the Fellowship
saw Government as the enemy, instead of the World, the flesh and
the Devil. Finally, the Baptist Bible Fellowship was started in 1950,
as a split from the World Baptist Fellowship. See—(History
of the Baptist, by Lehigh Valley Baptist Church, 4702 Colebrook Av.,
Emmaus, Pa 18049). This is an excellent book, one in which all Christians
been the results of all these Conventions, Fellowships, and Associations? – Compromise,
Baptist leaders like the late, Jerry Fawell, no longer Doctrinally sound,
(if he ever was) and old sound Preachers of the Faith, dying off, maybe
this is the last generation, before Jesus returns! One of the worst things
to destroy Baptist has been easy beliefism, and it is getting stronger
year by year. Jack Hyles until his death was one of the worst to promote
glimmer of hope is the Unaffiliated Baptist Fellowship, promoted by E.
L. Bynum, of Lubbock Texas, and Ron Tottingham of Sioux Falls, SD. However,
Pastor Bynum doesn’t have many more years, and brother Tottingham’s
background is very patriotic, a long way from the position of Heaven being
are citizenship by the AnaBaptist. Brother Tottingham does have a Bible
College for training Pastor’s, and for now, it seems to be producing!
But after these, what? Sammy Allan of Georgia still has his camp meetings
three times a year, to bring Baptist together. However, he is now calling his camp meetings a Church, very patriotic, and AnaBaptist distinctions, are
fading away. God still does have His true Churches out there; it is just
getting harder to find them!
Did the AnaBaptist
sprinkle or practice Immersion?
to Christian in, “A History of the Baptist”, page 194,
it states, “Immersion was the universal rule of Baptism in
the reign of Henry 8th (1533- Immersed). Erasmus, writing from England
in 1532, gives the English practice. He says: “We dip children
all over in cold water, in a stone font”. Every English monarch
of the sixteenth century was immersed”.
The Sum of
the Holy Scripture, an Old Dutch book, demanded the Immersion of
the believer and denied infant Baptism. It was printed in England
in 1609, in his Church history declares that the Dutch Baptist were
dippers for Baptism.
an opponent of the Baptist, born in 1582, also declares that the
Baptist of the reign of Henry 8th practiced dipping.
in his book, the History of Baptist, also declares on page 196, “The
Church of England, the Baptist and the Catholic’s all practiced
immersion during the 16th Century.
Sermon on Baptism, Volume 10, pages 2513 and 2593, refers to the
AnaBaptist as a, “fanatical sect of reformers who contended
that Baptism should be administrated to adults only, not by sprinkling,
but by dipping”.
page 196 in, Baptist Church Perpetuity, states, “Nothing satisfied
AnaBaptist, but the Immersion of a professed believer”, in
reference to Baptism.
as he ordered AnaBaptist to be drowned, “They like Immersion
so much, let us Immerse them.”
became a proverb.
AnaBaptist, “Bath fellows”.
Canton of Zurich, the usual punishment for AnaBaptist, was drowning.
Felix Mantz, an early leader of the AnaBaptist in Zurich, suffered
death by drowning, in the lake of Zurich, near Zwingli’s church.
his Sabbata, volume 1, page 266, declares that Wolfang Uliman of
St. Gall, went to Schaffhausen and met Conrad Grebel, an AnaBaptist
Scholar, who instructed Uliman in the knowledge of Baptism. That
Baptism was not sprinkled out of a dish, but was drawn under and
covered over with water. Conrad Grebel then Baptized Uliman in the
Wagenseil, in 1527 stated, that Baptism was by being wholly submerged.
lasting work, Elenchus Contra Catabaptistas, is against those who
dip or Immerse for Baptism.
Hubmeyer, on the mode of Baptism, writes in 1525, that Baptism is
to cover the person with external water.
Howard Osgood, a Mennonite author, in 1666, published a treatise
in favor of Baptism by Immersion.
be remembered that the immature AnaBaptist of Zurich, advanced according
to the light they had. Thus Conrad Grebel, who in 1525, baptized
Wolfgang Uliman (by pouring), in but one month afterwards, with more
light from the Scriptures, Baptized Ulimam by Immersion, in the Rhine.
From then on, Conrad Grebel only Baptized by Immersion.
As to the
argument for effusion among the ancient Mennonites, derived from
modern Mennonite authors, the words of Mosheim are worthy to be considered. “Many
circumstances persuade me that the declarations and representations
of things given by the modern Mennonites are not always worthy of
credit”. – Quoted in Baptist Church Perpetuity, by Jarrel,
then was the view of the AnaBaptist concerning Esscatology? (The
study of future Bible Events)
to the Criswell study Bible, page 1800, it declares; the Protestant
Reformation Reformers were PostMillennialist. The Amillenialist came
from Origen through Catholicism. That at the time of the Reformation,
AnaBaptist were the only ones for PreMillennialism. That many of
the Church fathers from the initial centuries were also PreMillennialist.
(This would have been prior to Origin).
regards to Pretribulationism, the quotes to follow are very important.
It has been claimed by many CALVINIST, some who even call themselves Baptist,
that Pretribulationism did not originate until the 1800’s. They
say Margaret McDonald, in 1830 had a prophecy revealed to her. Many of
these have offered rewards to any proof to the contrary. However, to this
day, none of them are man enough to pay the Reward!
1. The central
feature of Pretribulationism, the doctrine of Imminency, is, however
a prominent feature of the doctrine of the early Church, according
to Walvord in his book, The Rapture Question, page 50.
to Moffit, it was the widespread Jewish belief, that some would be
spared from the Tribulation Period to come. –See Commentary
on Revelation 3:10, Expositor’s Greek Testament.
wrote in 120 A.D., “but be ye ready, for ye know not the hour
in which our Lord cometh”, --See Ante-Nicene Fathers 7:382.
4. In the
Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, Book 7, section 2, page 31, it
states, “For what hour they think not, the Lord will come”.
although a postTribulationist, clearly affirmed that some of the
early Church fathers held to the doctrine of Imminency. See Payne,
The Imminent Appearing of Christ, pages 12-19.
Clement of Rome in the 1st Century wrote, “the Scriptures, the Holy
Bible, also bear witness, saying, speedily will He come, and will not
tarry. See—The First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians, Chapter
See -- Clement's Second Epistle to the Corinthians!
references being I Thessalonians 5:6 and Titus 2:13.
7. A Christian
writing called the, “Shepherd of Hermas”, written in
110 A.D., taught a Pretribulational Rapture.
Warning, page 317, written by Canadian Grant Jeffrey.
the Syrian in 373 A.D., who was a major Theologian of the early Byzantine
Eastern Church, wrote that the Bible taught a PreTribulational Rapture.
See – Final Warning, page 306, by Grant Jeffrey.
Morgan Edwards in 1744 taught a PreTribulation Rapture. John Gill, the
Founder of Brown University, ordained Morgan Edwards. Morgan Edwards has
been called the first US Baptist Historian. See – the book, “The
Day and the Hour, published by American Vision, foreword by Gary Demar,
page 31. (If they have not bought up every copy they can find, and have
not withdrawn the book from publication).
Dr John Gill, himself in 1748, in his Commentary on I Thessalonians 4:1,
called the catching away the RAPTURE.
Peter Jerieu around 1687, taught a Rapture, with Christ going back to
Heaven, before the second coming. (The Rapture Revelation, page 44, by
some of the historic marks of the AnaBaptist, that show what a true
Salvation is by a Repentant Faith, Jesus as Savior and Lord. (Acts
26:20; Acts 2:19; Luke 13:3,5; Romans 10:9-13). There must be a moving
of God to be saved. We would call this Conviction today. (John 16:8-11)
2. The Church is to practice weekly breaking of bread (Acts 20:7)
3. A person
joins a true Church by first being saved, and then by being Baptized
(Immersion Only) into that Church, by proper authority. Therefore,
there are many Churches, but a person can only belong to one local Church. (Matthew
4. The Bible,
the manuscripts from which we get our King James Version, (The T.R.
Manuscripts, New Testament and the Masoretic text, Old Testament),
are the only final authority. (Psalm 119:89; Psalm 12:6-7)
5. The Lord’s
Supper is to be close Communion. That is saved and Baptised only, and is only a Memorial. See –(Swiss
Brethren, AnaBaptist Confession of Faith, point 3, already cited,
1527). (I Corinthians 11:20-30; Matthew 26:26-30; Hebrews 2:12)
A true Church of the Lord Jesus Christ practices Church discipline and
godly living among its members. (I
Corinthians 5:9-13; Romans 12:1-2)
The true Church is Independent, with no Church higharchy, and not entangled
with any government. (Matthew 18:15-18). The true Church is not Presbyterian
in Government, as Anabaptist Churches Worldwide claims!
8. The true
Church believes in the Priesthood of the Believer. (2 Timothy 2:14-16;
The true Church is Evangelistic, and carries the Gospel into all the World,
by supporting Missionaries. (Acts
10. The true
Churches weapons of warfare are not physical (Matthew 5:38-48; Matthew
26:52), but spiritual (2
Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:10-19; and Hebrews 4:12).
11. The true
Church believes in Church Authority. The
Church’s authority having passed down from the Lord Jesus,
Himself only. Church succession is not succession in any one name,
but doctrinal succession, as pass down from Church to Church. (Matthew
16:18; Acts 19:3-5)
12. A belief
in the fundamentals of the AnaBaptist faith. Such as the Deity of
Christ, the Trinity, Creationism, Verbal Plenary Inspiration, A literal
PreMillennial return of Christ, Discipleship, and Eternal Security.
what the Augustine (Lutheran) Confession of faith stated in 1580, “We
condemn the AnaBaptists, who deny that those persons who have once
been justified, can again lose the Holy Spirit”. See—Arminius
Volume I, page 740). Who can deny that the AnaBaptist (later the
Baptist) did not believe, and still do believe, in Eternal Security
of the Saved!
following (4) points are added by Louis A. Turk, in a leaflet entitled
Christ’s Church, published in 2003, by the Bible-Way Missionary
Baptist Church, PO Box 13093, Hamilton, Ohio 45013. They are given
to you here for your further consideration. I do strongly recommend
the entire leaflet. However point 2, has been amended to comply with the Bible!
1. The true
Churches government is a theocratic democracy (Acts 1:14-26; 6:1-8;
15:22-23; and 2 Corinthians 2:6): The Church is Sovereign, with Christ
being the founder and only head (Matthew 18:18). The Church must
be independent rejecting all forms of conventionism and ecumenicalism
(2 Corinthians 6:17).
2. The true
Church is financed only by offerings freely given
( Matthew 23:23); never by gambling or sales of merchandise
(John 2:13-17). Tithing is not taught in the New Testament
is the main day of assembly of the true Church (Mark 2:27-28; John
20:19; Acts 20:7; I Corinthians 16:1-2; Colossians 2:8-17; Hebrews
4:3-11; and Revelation 1:10).
4. The true
Church is not charismatic. The miraculous ability to speak in foreign
languages without study ended when the Bible was completed (I Corinthians
13:8-10); God no longer speaks to men through tongues, dreams or
visions, now that the Bible is complete (Revelation 22:18); bodily
healing is not part of the atonement, for if it was, Christians would
never die physically.
want to compare all 16 points with the false Churches listed below,
and see why AnaBaptist Churches, and Biblical Baptist Churches, are
really the only true Churches!
Catholic Church – started in 321 AD (by combining Paganism
and a form of Christianity)
Greek Orthodox Church –started in 869 AD (out of Catholicism)
Church – started in 1541 AD (out of Catholicism)
of Christ – started in 1812 AD (out of Presbyterian)
of England – started in 1534 AD (out of Catholicism)
Church –started in 1785 AD (out of the Church of England)
Church – started in 1880 AD (out of the Methodist Church)
Church – started about 1900 AD (out of the Methodist Church)
Church – started in 1520 AD (out of the Catholic Church)
of Christ - started about 1850 AD (out of the Presbyterian Church)
Church – started in 1602 AD (out of the Catholic Church)
Church – started in 1787 AD (out of the Congregational Church)
Church – started in 1750 AD (out of the Congregational Church)
This is not
all of the Churches there are, but this list covers the major ones.
All of these
groups have their roots in Catholicism!
view on the AnaBaptist
in his “Brief Instruction to Arm Those of Good Faith Against
the Errors of the AnaBaptist”,
miserable fanatics have no other goal than to put everything into
disorder.. They reveal themselves to be the enemies of God and of
the human race… If it is not right for a Christian man to go
to law with anyone to settle quarrels regarding possessions, inheritance,
and other matters, than I ask these good teachers what will become
of the world?”
what was John Calvin’s view of dealing with the AnaBaptist?
order to set up an effective system, Calvin used the State to inflict
more severe penalties. Such penalties proved to be much to severe,
fifty-eight being executed and seventy-six exiled by 1546”.
These numbers are supplied by the Presbyterians themselves, and only
the Lord knows how many Saints of the Lord were really executed for
their faith! See- Christianity Through The Centuries, by Cairns,
some common thought among the AnaBaptist?
AnaBaptist felt free to disobey the government whenever they needed
to do so to follow Christ.
for them, was a thing of the world”. – From, “The
Secret of their Strength,” by Peter Hoover, page 55.
(Protestant) believed that faith got handed down, like tradition,
from generation to generation, and that it was imparted from parents
to children in baptism. The AnaBaptist believed Faith was only an
individual matter! See—The Secret of their Strength, by Peter
Hoover, page 63.
believed that suffering comes on us in three ways: -- The suffering
of persecution, the suffering of temptation, and the suffering of
sorrow or anxiety. From, “The Secret of their Strength,” page
Brandhuber, an AnaBaptist, wrote the following in 1529,
you want to return to God, you need to return through the door from
which Adam was driven out. To get in, you will have to leave your
flesh, your own will, your lust, and your love behind, and you will
need to submit to the law in your heart. You will need to follow
the crying voice of John the Baptist and of Isaiah, preparing through
the wilderness a way for the Lord, until the weaker gives way to
the stronger – that is, until your spirit gives way to the
Spirit of Christ. To do this, you must struggle and fight the flesh
on every side. It will drive you to great distress and fear before
the face of the Lord, until you become truly humble and think of
yourself, as you ought to think. Then John will point you, in the
innermost depth of your heart, to the Lamb of God, who takes upon
Him the guilt of the world. You will see His salvation, and to you
His strength shall be revealed”.
a former Catholic Priest named Menno Simons, entered into a part of
the Dutch AnaBaptist. It was not long, that he became a major leader
in the movement (1536 onward). He would later take a part of the Dutch
AnaBaptist, away from God’s true Churches, and form Mennonite
Churches. These Churches followed after Menno’s doctrines, and
even today the Mennonite Churches, still follow Menno’s teachings.
It is therefore, very important, at this point, to take a close look
at what this man believed, and what he led the Mennonites to believe.
Simons – Did
not believe that Jesus got His flesh and blood from Mary, or that Christ
had an ordinary body.
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