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Baptists/Southern Baptist vs Missionary Baptist


Kim wrote at 2007-05-17 20:20:58
I agree with most of what you had to say except for the fact that most Baptist churches are alike whether they put Missionary in their name or not.  My husband is a Missionary Baptist Minister and our belief is not that you accept Christ but that he accepts you after heart felt sorrow and repentance for sin.

Pastor S. Tuck wrote at 2007-07-14 17:07:34
The Missionary Baptists are fundamentally members of the national Baptist Convention (Black Baptist)with many of their practices and much of their doctrine is derived from the Southern Baptist Convention. Unfortunately their missionaries fall way below the numbers of those in the SBC.

dean wrote at 2009-05-29 03:33:46
Dean, A gift is given and it is recieved or rejected Romans 6: 23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Chirst our Lord.

BA Kohlz wrote at 2010-07-02 09:32:57
In order to obtain true salvation there first must be a sense of trouble, conviction, and condemnation set up by God in the heart of the unsaved person. They must pray and seek God and repent of their sins until they know for themselves that God has forgiven and saved them. Man does not convict them and man cannot tell them when God forgives and saves them.

God is all powerful and can save the soul of one seeking Him any place, any time when God's conditions are met. However, we give opportunity for those desiring to seek and find God to come to the front for prayer. The pew sitting in the front facing the congregation is referred to the "mourner's bench".

The unsaved person does not obtain salvation simply by "accepting", "believing", "receiving Christ", "making a decision for Christ", or "being baptized" as many teach today.

It is true that a person must "accept" and "believe" that Christ is who the Bible teaches He is. One must also believe that he is the rewarder of those that diligently seek him. This is a historical belief and is definitely required by one seeking God. When one is saved, he/she receives a new, regenerated soul as stated by Jesus in John chapter 3 and must be under those terms stated to Nicodemus by Jesus Christ, (born again). It is true that a person must "decide" to seek Christ; he/she must be determined to seek until he/she finds Him.

We do not believe in using "Repeat after me" prayers nor in reading scripture passages to them to convince them they have prayed, trusted, or believed. We condemn the practice known as "The Roman Road" and all other "easy believism" practices. These practices substitute a historical belief for a belief from the heart.

We do pray with the person seeking God and we do believe in encouraging them according to the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

When God saves the individual, the individual knows, without anyone telling them - including the preacher, loved ones, or any friend.

This Missionary Baptists do not belong to the SBC or MBC. Some belong to associations.  Some support missionarys.

Edwin wrote at 2011-01-13 10:23:35
The difference between Missionary Baptist and Southern Baptist are:

Missionary Baptists believe that the Great Commission was given to the church, and that missionaries must be church-sent while the Southern Baptists is not so particular but mostly believe that the great commission was given to all christians.  

Missionary Baptists practice closed communion but Southern Baptists practice open communion.

Missionary Baptists does not practice pulpit affiliation but Southern Baptists allow other Baptists and protestants to fill their pulpits.  

Carolyn wrote at 2013-02-04 17:23:30
Having spent the first 30 years of my life actively involved in and employed by  churches and entities of the Baptist Missionary Association of America (BMAA) and the next 25 years in vocationally serving churches and entities of the Southern Baptist Convention, I can tell you that there are only two main differences. The first is the way missionaries are paid, and the second difference is the number of delegates or messengers to associational, state and national meetings.

In both instances, missionaries are appointed or elected by the boards and/or governing body. The methods by which money is raised for support varies between the denominations.

The second difference concerns voting privileges. The SBC churches elect messengers in relation to church membership; thus, giving voting power to the people which is sometimes perceived as giving larger churches more voting power. The BMA believes that each church should have equal votes. Some perceive this as giving the voting power to churches rather than the people by population ratio. Each way seems to serve each denomination well. In both denominations these numbers are determined and verified through annual church profiles or reports. The doctrines and theology of the churches are the same.


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David Ralston


Now in my 31st year of full time ministry and 35th year of marriage. We have raised 3 children. Serving 21 years as a pastor and ten years in full time missionary service, I have a Bachelor, masters, and Doctorate in Theology. >I serve as director of Christian Overseas Mission Board and speak regularly to various churches and groups concerning Christian missions, revival, commitment to Christ, and Biblical priorities. I believe that everyone is important to God, and that God really does care about you and your needs and your question.

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