Reformed Baptist Churches are a group of independent local congregations committed to historic Christianity and in particular, historic Baptist principles.
That’s good question. Yes, we are Baptists, but with a difference.
Let us explain. The formal, doctrinal basis, (secondary to the Bible), of most Reformed Baptist Churches is the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. Also:
In this sense we are unashamedly Baptist.
We are Baptists in the tradition of Benjamin Keach and Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The confusion comes from the fact that you probably haven’t met many people who call themselves Baptist that are this kind of Baptist.
Tragically, most Baptist churches, like other churches in our day, have been subject to the erosion and dilution of their biblical convictions. In recent years, however, the God of grace has been pleased to create a thirst in many across our land and across the world for biblical revival and thoroughgoing reformation. Not a few have looked back and discovered how far modern evangelical and fundamentalist Christianity have deviated from historic Christianity. They are sickened by the man-centered worship of the church today and want to return to the God-centered worship of historic Christianity.
The names of the great Reformers, Luther, Calvin, Knox, and many others have once again begun to be respected as those God was pleased to use to restore the great gospel truths of Scripture alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and faith alone, to the church. The writings of their godly successors in the Puritan tradition, John Owen, Thomas Goodwin, George Whitefield, yes, and Spurgeon too, have once again begun to be appreciated as repositories of Bible truth. This is why we say that we are a Baptists with a particular difference.
Another good question! Many in our day give too high a priority to many secondary issues in choosing a church. The first and most important thing to consider in choosing a church is what they believe. We are happy to tell you what we believe.
We believe in sovereign grace. In other words, we teach that God is sovereign not only in general, but especially in salvation (1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Ephesians 1:3-11, Romans 8:28-32). Salvation is by grace alone plus nothing (Ephesians 2:8-10). A man is saved only when God gives him the willingness and the ability to repent and put his faith in Jesus Christ, the one who suffered the wrath of God in the place of sinners (Philemon 1:6, Philemon 1:29, Philemon 1:30, 2 Timothy 2:24, 2 Timothy 2:25).
We believe in the centrality of the local church in the Christian’s life. (Matthew 18:15-20, 1 Timothy 3:15, Hebrews 13:17) There are too many “Lone Ranger Christians” around today who think that it is sufficient to be a member of an invisible church. The problem with invisible churches is that they have invisible members and invisible officers. The help and the accountability they give is also invisible. We believe that Christians need each other and need a good local church to instruct, counsel, and, if need be, correct them.
We believe that the preaching and teaching of the Word should be central in the life of the local church. The Apostle Paul said the church is “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15). In the figurative language of Revelation 1:20 local churches are lamp stands. In other words, they are essentially sources of light, the light of the Word of God. Many other things ought to be part of the local church: good fellowship for christians, generous benevolence to the poor, missionary and evangelistic endeavors toward the lost, but it must never be forgotten that the fountain of all these things is the proclamation of the Word of God. Where Christ removes the lamp stand the church ceases to exist, even if the shell of a social club, a charitable organization, or a mission program remains (Revelation 2:5).
We believe the church should be a spiritual family which cares about the spiritual welfare of its members. (1 Thessalonians 5:12-14, Philemon 2:1-5). Becoming a member of a local church means willingness to be transparent, willingness to be humble, and a willingness to undertake the obvious responsibilities of such a commitment (Ephesians 4:1-3, Ephesians 4:25-32). Such a commitment ought not to be lightly undertaken or frivolously forsaken.
We believe that the policies, practices, and worship of the church should be ordered by the Word of God. The Word clearly says that the local church is “the house of God, the church of the living God” (1 Timothy 3:15). As such the will of God revealed in the Word of God must regulate church life. ‘Lord Pragmatism’ (‘what-will-work’) and ‘Lord Tradition’ (‘the-way-we’ve-always-done-it’) rule in many churches, not the Lord Jesus. Our modern generation of church-goers needs to be told that when these two `Lords’ rule the church the result is condemned as “will-worship” (Colossians 2:23) by God’s holy Word!
If these convictions strike a responsive chord in your heart, if you have questions, or want more information please contact us.