Baptist Apostacy and the Church
Taken out of a
booklet by Evangelist Gordon Silcox
The church that Jesus built is alive and well. It has never failed and never will fail (Mat.16:18). We have an eternal promise from our Lord that the perpetuity of this divine church would continue. It did not start on the day of Pentecost. Jesus built the first one during his own personal ministry in
Acts - "And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty)."
Acts 2:1-4 - "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
Yet, today we are seeing Baptist churches and pastors teaching the universal, invisible day of Pentecost theory of the church. Our early Baptist forefathers in the first century did not believe such apostate doctrine. The universal theory came from
Alexander Campbell in the Campbell-McCalla Debate - "The church at
Mosheim, Lutheran Historian - "The first century was a history of the Baptists."
John Ridpath, Methodist Historian - "I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist church as far back as 100A.D., though without doubt there were Baptist then, as all Christians were then Baptists."
We now are seeing many Baptist forsaking their Biblical heritage and teaching and preaching the
ecumenical doctrine of the universal, invisible church theory. It is time to resist the apostate trend of our day which will eventually lead to a one world visible church.