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Every Bible-Believing Baptist Should
by Norman H. Wells
An Independent Baptist Church
What is wrong with an organized Convention, Association or Fellowship
of churches? Such an organization is unscriptural! The only organization
established and commissioned in the New Testament is the local church.
There is not one mention nor hint of any other organization.
God had intended for churches to organize themselves into bigger organizations
surely He would have given some indication of this in the New Testament.
Search the Bible! A Baptist is supposed to believe and abide
by a "thus saith the Lord." By what authority are Conventions, Associations,
Fellowships, etc. organized? One thing is sure . . . IT IS NOT BIBLE
1. Organizations such as conventions, associations, fellowships,
etc. rob God of His glory.
Man has never been satisfied with God's way. Man has never been satisfied
with God's way of salvation because it emphasizes man's helplessness and
God's greatness. Man seeks to change God's way of salvation so that
it will glorify man. This kind of effort robs God of His glory.
Man has never been satisfied with God's church and has tried to build
something bigger that would glorify man.
The Scripture says, "Unto him be glory in the church by Christ
Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen" (Eph. 3:21). This
is the way that God has chosen to be glorified. No other organization can
assume this responsibility. If other organizations are built to carry
on the work of the Lord then God is robbed of His glory.
Man-made organizations glorify man. Take any organization of
Baptist churches you please and give them an honest look. It will be seen
that this statement is true.
2. Man-made organizations produce compromise.
Compromise! This is one of the great evils of man-made organizations
of Baptist churches. In order to keep unity in the organization each
church has to practice compromise! Churches within the organization
that drift away from distinctive Baptist doctrines cannot be censored.
Pastors cannot raise their voice in protest to laxity in Baptist principles
and doctrines. Nothing must be done to bring any disruption to the organization.
Finally . . . anything goes! Everything is tolerated for the sake of the
organization. Sound Baptist churches find themselves identified with the
worldliness, modernism, false doctrine, etc., that exists in other churches
and helpless to do anything about it!
3. These groups strive to produce greater loyalty to the organization
than to the local church.
A pastor that would challenge the organization can be belittled before
his own people!! The organization is held up as the only hope of the world.
The church is just a minor part. People are indoctrinated to believe
that they have a greater responsibility to the organization than to the
church. Organizational schools, youth camps, etc. are used to instill
into the young a greater loyalty to the organization than to the church.
4. These organizations take the God-given responsibilities from the
church and place them in man-made organizations. The organization controls
the indoctrinating of the young people. The organization controls the world-wide
missionary responsibility. This responsibility is taken from the church
and placed in the mission board of the organization. The ownership of schools,
mission stations, papers, homes for aged, orphanages, etc. is placed in
the organization. The church, instead of being the sovereign, democratic,
body that God intended, becomes merely one little voice in a bigger organization
that God never authorized.
5. These organizations have always failed!
The pages of religious history are littered with the wreckage of these
man-made organizations. Every one of them follow the same path that step
by step leads them to compromise. The amount of organization needed always
increases. The bigger the organization the less important the churches.
The end result is always the same, compromise, apostasy, formality, and
finally oblivion! These organizations always fail . . . only the churches
live on! The promise of God is in the church.
6. Christians and churches learn to rely upon the organization rather
than upon God.
Actually, although surely not deliberately, the Christian and the Church
are taught to put their trust in the organization rather than God. This
is not too difficult to do because to be a part of any such organization
is to say that the way God has set down is not to be trusted.
Generally, to be identified with one of these groups of organized Baptists
leads to being identified with even larger groups; sometimes these are
not even Baptist. The average layman is not kept informed as to the intricate
movements and finances of the organizational machinery.
are kept unaware that they are part of such an unscriptural, man-made group!
7. These organizations will eventually stereotype their preachers and
rob them of their individuality and initiative.
One of the greatest evils of these organizations is the idea that
the end justifies the means. Invariably they will point at their numbers
and finances as justification for the unscriptural, man-made machinery.
Great crowds and large numbers can indicate a number of things. They
could indicate a lack of preaching on sin, judgment and hell. They could
indicate a lack of preaching on separation for Christians. They could indicate
a substitution of some kind of easy decision for genuine repentance and
faith. They could indicate a compromising position on great Bible truths.
They could indicate that the church has a good program of entertainment
that is attracting the carnal and lost. Numbers can be an indication
of success . . . but not always!
Now let us look at the other side!
What Is An Independent Baptist Church?
An independent Baptist Church believes that the only organization given
in the New Testament is the local church. They believe that God has given
the church as the means of accomplishing His purpose in this age.
An independent Baptist Church, therefore, does not affiliate or identify
themselves with any organized Convention, Association or Fellowship.
An independent Baptist Church sends forth its missionaries by the authority
of the church and not through an unscriptural Mission Board. These missionaries
are supported directly by the churches.
An independent Baptist Church cooperates with other Baptist Churches
in missions, schools, etc. but does so on a voluntary basis and without
any unscriptural organization binding the churches together.
An independent Baptist Church refuses to compromise the historical Baptist
doctrines for the sake of popular appeal.
An independent Baptist Church has to rely upon God and give Him all
True Baptists love the church that Jesus loved and will not have this
love and loyalty switched to some man-made organization.
An independent Baptist Church is not dictated to nor influenced by any
head or headquarters except Jesus Christ.
Why is it important that every Bible-believing Baptist join an independent
This would bring revival! It would be a return to God! It would bring
honor and glory to the name of our God! It would be a return to God's Word
and God's Way!
We will be yielding ourselves to God . . . following His message
and His method.
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