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NEW Baptist Distinctives Series

* The Baptist Distinctives Series - Available Now!

The discussions and debates to define, explain and vindicate Baptist distinctives have a long history. In today’s environment, many are honestly trying to understand these distinctives with Biblical and historical accuracy. On the other hand, some among today’s professing Baptists have an agenda to revise Baptist distinctives and redefine what it means to be a Baptist. Still others don’t understand why these issues even matter or why they are such a flash point for controversy. In an effort to provide better resources for the study of Baptist distinctives, we have just released a 50 volume set of books entitled, The Baptist Distinctives Series. The books in this series are from the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The reproduction of these books will allow Baptists from the past to once again state, explain and defend the primary Baptist distinctives as they understood them. All of the books in this series are republished complete and unabridged. They are available in a 6" x 9" hardback and paperback format. They may be purchased individually or as a set. It is hoped that The Baptist Distinctives Series will provide a more accurate Biblical and historical perspective on what it specifically means to be a Baptist.

 

For example, Baptists rejoice to hold in common with other evangelicals the main principles of the orthodox Christian faith. However, there are points of difference between the Baptists and other professing Christians and these differences are of vital importance. In fact, these differences are radical, growing out of God’s revealed will. Hence, the barriers of separation between Baptists and others cannot be considered trivial. To suppose that Baptists are kept apart solely by their views on Baptism or the Lords’ Supper is a grevious misapprehension. Baptists hold views which distinguish them from Presbyterians, Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Methodists, Pentecostals and Catholics and the differences are so great as not only to justify, but to demand, the separate denominational existence of Baptists.

Some people think Baptists ought not teach and emphasize their ‘differences’ but any denomination that has views which justify its separate existence, is bound to propogate those views. If those views are of sufficient importance to justify a separate existence, they are important enough to create a duty for their promulgation. The very same reasons which justify the separate existence of any denomination make it the duty of that denomination to teach the distinctive doctrines upon which its separate existence rests. If Baptists have a right to a separate denominational life, it is their duty to propagate their distinctive principles, without which their separate life cannot be justified or maintained.

The Lord Jesus Christ asked, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46). The immediate context surrounding this question explains what it means to be a true disciple of Christ. Addressing the same issue, Christ’s question is meant to show that a confession of discipleship to the Lord Jesus Christ is inconsistent and untrue if it is not accompanied with a corresponding submission to His authoritative commands. Christ’s question teaches us that a true recognition of His authority as Lord inevitably includes a submission to the authority of His Word. Hence, with this question Christ has made it forever impossible to separate His authority as King from the authority of His Word. These two principles--the authority of Christ as King and the authority of His Word--are the two most fundamental Baptist distinctives. The first gives rise to the second and out of these two all the other Baptist distinctives emanate. As F.M. Iams wrote in 1894, "Loyalty to Christ as King, manifesting itself in a constant and unswerving obedience to His will as revealed in His written Word, is the real source of all the Baptist distinctives." In the search for the primary Baptist distinctive many have settled on the Lordship of Christ as the most basic distinctive. Strangely, in doing this, some have attempted to separate Christ's Lordship from the authority of Scripture, as if you could embrace Christ's Lordship without submitting to what He commanded. However, while Christ's Lordship and Kingly authority can be isolated and considered essentially for discussion's sake, we see from Christ's own words in Luke 6:46 that His authority as Lord is really inseparable from the authority of His Word and, with regard to real Christian discipleship, there can be no practical submission to the one without a practical submission to the other.

The symbol for The Baptist Distinctives Series--the Kingly Crown and th Open Bible--represent the inseparable truths of Christ's Kingly and Biblical authority. The Crown and Bible graphics are supplemented by three Bible verses (Ecclesiastes 8:4, Matthew 28:18-20, and Luke 6:46) that reiterate and reinforce the inextricable connection between the authority of Christ as King and the authority of His Word. The truths symbolized by these components are further emphasized by the Latin quotation--quod scriptura, non iubet vetat--i.e., "What is not commanded in scripture, is forbidden." This Latin quote has been considered historically as a summary statement of the Regulative Principle of Scripture. Together these various symbolic components converge to exhibit the two most fundamental Baptist Distinctives out of which all the other Baptist Distinctives arise. Consequently, we have chosen this composite symbol as a logo to represent the primary truths set forth in the Baptist Distinctives Series of books.

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