What is a Baptist Brider?


I thought I’d expand on this, because I touched on it yesterday.

The Baptist Brider is also sometimes called the Landmark baptist. They believe quite simply, the church at Jerusalem was started by the Lord Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry in Matthew 16.

No problem, that’s Biblical.

That will confuse a lot of you, because most people have been taught and believe in a universal, invisible Church that started in Acts 2. Both Matthew 16 and 18 are considered prophetic, and referring to Acts 2.

That’s what’s taught in the Schofield Reference Bible, and it’s what virtually everyone believes.

Except it’s not Biblical.

18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18 (KJV)

17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Matthew 18:17 (KJV)

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 2:47 (KJV)

Matthew 16 is indeed future tense.

Matthew 18 is PRESENT tense.

Acts 2 is Present tense, but referring to adding to something ALREADY in place! Just like Matthew 18.

So, when was the church created?

Immediately after the prononcement given in Matthew 16. Read the verses in context, you tell me. Open your Bible, and read.

Okay, now that we’re past that, we understand that the church was created by the Lord, during His earthly ministry.

The Brider teaches that unless your church can prove its lineage from that original church, its not a church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The exact terminology is that its one of the “daughters of the whore of Babylon” if it’s not planted by that authority. I think it’s pretty obvious that I don’t agree with that, and I think it’s a little bit far of a stretch from the Lord starting the church to making that kind of assumption. And certainly far reaching to base any kind of doctrines upon that.

If you join a Baptust church, and they start asking questions about who started that church, and who was their sending church (“Mother church”), and who was THEIR sending church (“Grandmother church”)… then wait for it… at some point the Pastor will make a comment about, “Well, we need to know if your Baptism was valid.”

Ding ding ding ding ding! Brider church.

Or the Pastor may make a comment about your old pastor, about “We don’t know if he had the authority to Baptize.” Or. “It matters who Baptizes you.”

Is a brider church bad? Depends on who you ask. Most of the time, no. My seminary, I think I’ve mentioned before, was Baptist Brider. It called for a serious hour of prayer whether I would continue with it or not. I finally was able to resolve it, and continued with it.

It just meant I rolled my eyes in exasperation A LOT when they talked about church successionism, authority to baptize, who started your church, etc. A couple of times I thought I’d have to go to the hospital to get my eyes back to normal!

Here’s the truth.

They’re half right. To a certain extent, we can trace the descent of the Jerusalem church to Antioch, and to Ephasus. Pudens and Claudia attended at Ephasus.

The first church in Wales was started by a man named Pudens, an old Welsh name. Claudia appears to ahve been a Roman wife he married. Pudens starting the first church in Wales, in the right time period, with a wife of the same name.

We can trace it that far.

The first Baptist church in America was started by John Clarke (not Roger Williams – there’s evidence that Williams knew of Clarke, and Williams started Providence Plantations. Clarke formed the first Baptist church in Newport the year before Williams). Most old Baptist churches in the US come from those two churches.

Both John Clarke and Roger Williams come from the UK. Wales is part of the UK.

That’s where it breaks down. There’s no real way to trace any link between the Welsh church and Clarke or Williams. As a matter of fact, the Briders like Clarke better than Williams, because they question Williams’ baptism.

Go ahead, roll your eyes. I know I did.

Briders admit all this. They accept there is no way to prove that their sending church came from Newport or Swansea Mass or even Providence. They admit there’s no way to prove that Puden’s Welsh church is in ANY way connected to Clarke or Williams.

They insist you have to take it by faith. I just can’t do that.

The problem is, I just can’t find their position in the Bible. There’s nothing in the Bible about “making sure your church is a true church”. There’s nothing about “making sure someone has the authority to Baptize.” There’s nothing about church successionism in the Bible.

I do see “Doctrinal succession” in the Bible. I do see much more emphasis on keeping doctrine pure, warnings that if your doctrines change that the Lord will remove your candlestick (make your church no longer a church).

That’s my position. If a Pentecostal church were to get a new pastor, or their current pastor were to stop and test EVERYTHING against scripture, and begin abandoning all things that were unBiblical, could they become a true Biblical and Baptist church?

Briders say no. The Pastor would have to go and get Baptized by someone with authority, then return and re-baptize everyone in the church. If this was so, then Paul would have baptized EVERYONE he converted.

I say – yes. If they truly abandoned the sign gifts that were put away, changed their doctrine to all Biblical, abandon anything unBiblical… separate from false teachers and false teachings… sure! They’d probably need to change the name from “Word of Faith Pentecostal” to “Faith Baptist”, though. And of course it would require testing everyone’s testimony against the Bible to verify if they’re saved or not. But that’s pretty much something I’d preach on very early in any church that hired me.

So, there you go. I’ve tried to write this article for several years, and I think I’ve summed up my posiition, and written it in a way where it won’t offend anyone.

Which pretty much guarantees it’ll offend EVERYONE.

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Ekklesiology


Everyone over the last five or six weeks, if you’ve been reading the articles, has been getting a crash course in Ekklesiology – the study of the church. This has not been exhaustive, but the study of Ekklesiology is the most neglected part of being a Christian

The study of the church often defines a Christian.

Evangelicals typically have a low level of importance attached to Ekklesiology, somewhere around 10%. It’s typically low, because most of them skip church twice a month. And since they’re not reading their Bibles, they tend to think of some kind of weak, invisible, univeral church. So when they read 104 references to “The Church” in their Bible, they’re comforted that “The Church” exists everywhere, and it doesn’t matter where, if, or when they go. Hopefully the praise band will turn the amplifiers up on Sunday!

Fundamentalists give a higher level of importance to Ekklesiology, usually around 30%.

That’s not enough.

Baptist Briders, who teach church successionism, give a higher level of importance, at around 100% or so (that’s how I gauge the scale – the level they give it vs. the level Evangelicals give it).

I don’t believe in church successionism, nor do I believe in the “authority of John the Baptist” doctrine, so I’m not a Baptist Brider. I’ve stated before that any church that changes their doctrine to Biblical doctrines can become a Baptist church. Biblical is Baptist, and a Biblical church is a true church of the Lord Jesus Christ. If you have all the right doctrines, yes, it’s a church.

If our level of importance we place on it is high enough, it changes us.

Compared to a Baptist Brider, I rate my scale of Ekklesiology at about 70-80%. They’d say it’s not high enough. I say it’s plenty high. Briders refer to my kind of ekklesiology as “doctrinal successionism.” If you have no idea what a Baptist Brider is, don’t worry about it.

The local church is the pillar and ground of the truth. A study of every reference to the church or the body reveals that 94 times it refers to a local body, 8 times either-or, and twice a reference to a Universal body. Rules of Biblical interpretation means we need to go with the more clear texts, and the vast majority of meanings are accepted over the minority of meanings.

If the Bible says the church is local, we should too.

Understanding this is huge. If we think of the Kingdom of God as being “All the saved” and the Church as the local church, we gain a focus in how we think. Church suddenly becomes more important, because suddenly those 104 references are sharply focused. This is not some invisible worldwide thing I have no impact in… this is MY CHURCH the Bible is suddenly talking about.

15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 1 Timothy 3:15 (KJV)

Your church is the pillar and ground of the truth. Puts it into focus, no?

IT’s important. Ephesians, 1 Corinthians and Acts speak more of the local church than any other book. Sometimes the subject is raised only once!

Church membership is important.

Church attendance is important.

Church participation is important. Sll of you should get to the point where you’re teachers of the Bible! Start your church, teach your church, grow your church, edify it, and when all of the members are strong in the Word, you send out a church plant, and several church members with it to start a new church, in place and ready to function as Sunday School teachers.

There’s no Biblical example of anyone going to a church for 20 years, sitting and learning. We start seeing other people who came into churches eventually being sent off to work in other churches. Read it carefully. You’ll note names of people In Acts. Write those down this year during your studies, and see when they came into the churches, and did they pop up again? If they were named, probably you see them again. In ministry roles. They may not be pastoring the church, but they are in evangelist or teaching roles.

2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. Acts 18:2 (KJV)

18 And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren, and sailed thence into Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila; having shorn his head in Cenchrea: for he had a vow. Acts 18:18 (KJV)

26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. Acts 18:26 (KJV)

3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Romans 16:3 (KJV)

19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. 1 Corinthians 16:19 (KJV)

19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. 2 Timothy 4:19 (KJV)

Aquila starts as a convert, then begins to act as a teacher, and finally is a pastor. We know that not everyone is called to pastor, but everyone in the local church is important. When we understand that this is not a spectator sport, and that sooner or later EVERYONE in that church will be called upon to serve….

…it changes everything you think about that church.

Church Planting – New Members


One additional thought I had on this…

New members. It’ll be great. No complaints. Except…

…okay, you’re about to hear the private thoughts of a Pastor, here. Please don’t take this wrong!

One of the big worries of every pastor is the problem church member. There’s two different types of problem church members (no, I’m not going to sit and give a rundown on what their types are…)

There’s a quote by Spurgeon about the effective church problem member… “the most effective people in the church are those who’d be getting into trouble with nothing to do.” Plan wisely.

When you as a Pastor get those new members, there’s always going to be a little bit of a worry. If they’re saved, you’re experiencing a rotation of the saints.

First, why did you leave your current church? There’s an article on David Cloud’s website about how one couple wrote to him about a myriad of problems at their church, and what to do with it. He replied, well, these kinds of problems you’re going to find at every church. If your church has problems, but not doctrinal issues, then it’s not a reason to leave, but a reason to pray. Hey, MAYBE that’s why God led you to that church.

They wrote back angrily, lashing out at Cloud, in a temper tantrum. They then left that church, went to another one, and apparently wrote Cloud about the problems at THAT church. Cloud realized where the problem was. It really wasn’t the church.

Many of us are spiritually immature. A three year Bible College fixed a lot of that in me. It’s a little harder to hurt my feelings now. I at least can stay at a problem church for several years now, before taking it to God in prayer.

When one comes from an established church, there’s usually a litany of complaints about the other church. This kind of clues you to..

…that church has problems…

…or the church problem just transferred membership.

There’s one way to fix any church problem member, and it easily can be fixed by making it the rule for everyone. Make sure your discipleship program encourages:

  1. A Bible read through program (once a year is the minimum read through)
  2. Daily prayer (you can set it for graduated intensity – new members must pray 5 minutes a day.. and work on them to increase it 5 minutes a year)
  3. A daily Bible STUDY program. minimum is 15 minutes a day.

These will fix every problem in the church, except for that one problem person who creates havoc everywhere he goes, causes disruption, is always telling people what to do, giving his opinion were it’s not wanted… you know, the Pastor!

Okay, your next situation. Transfer of membership is to be done by letter, by statement of faith, or by baptism.

Reading through the “Church Member’s Handbook” showed me what my Seminary told me was true – the Southern Baptist Convention originally was what most people consider to be Baptist Brider. Having attended a REAL Baptist Brider seminary, I can tell you that what most people consider a B.B. is, well, not B.B.

Not going to get into that all today, but it simply comes down to this – the BIGGEST controversy between the Baptist convention, which split it, was over the subject of Baptism.

If a Methodist who’d been sprinkled comes to you and wants to transfer a membership, do you accept their Baptism?

The answer is – no. It wasn’t a proper Baptism.

The term for that used to be, “Alien Baptism”. Southern Baptist Churches refused to accept alien Baptism, the churches that became the northern Baptist convention had no problem with it.

Incidentally, the split was worsened by theological modernism on behalf of the Northern Baptist Convention, and the two split. Nowadays, the very conditions that the SBC split from the northern churches are exactly where the SBC has been since the 1970’s.

Getting back to Alien Baptism, the term is not used anymore, because Baptist Brider churches use the term to describe anyone who was baptised in a church that could not prove church succession from the original church in Jerusalem. I’m not dealing with that today, I’m just going to point out that even if I’d been baptised in the church in Newport, Rhode Island (the first Baptist church in the US), or even the Swansea, Massachusetts Baptist Church (third Baptist church ever in the US), I still wouldn’t be able to prove church successionism.

So, someone comes to you, who’d been going to a charismatic church prior to this. Do you accept their baptism? They were baptised by immersion, but doctrinally they’re a little jumbled (a lot jumbled, actually). You have to have your answer ready, and be able to back that up by some kind of Scripture.

My hard and fast rule is going to be, were you baptised by full immersion? If the answer is no, or “I don’t know”, then we’d better take care of that. I’m strapping you to the hood and we’re driving through the car wash!!! Sorry about the wax part, I don’t know how to turn that off.

So, really, you baptise them again. it’s where Baptists got their name. We do not accept paedo-baptism or sprinkling.

Next, I’m going to ask about the dotrines of the church. Does your old church believe you are little gods???

I’m probably going to take you through Romans Road, make sure your saved, and recommend you get baptized again, just to make sure. THat’s also a hallmark of Baptist churches, people who re-commit to the Lord and decide to get Baptized again JUST TO BE SURE.

Any other situation, full imnersion, I’ll leave it up to you, but I’ll bring up the possibility of getting re-baptized just to be sure.

Membership by letter – this is the scriptural way of transferring membership. it’s mentioned in Acts. Your sending church gives you a transfer of membership letter. You place it in yor church files, and understand that if they leave you, you must write one for them.

Membership by statement – this is the case of someone who left a church after it ended, disintegrated, or left with hard feelings.

My first church eventually broke up, TV show cancelled (they started that after I left – with a video camera I gave them!!!). All those members went to other churches, probably no letter of recommendation (it was word faith, and I doubt they knew about letters).

I went to a Messianic synagogue, and there was a scandal with the Rabbi, and most of the members left. None of them got letters of transfer.

Eventually, I went to another church, where the founding Pastor had retired, and a new Pastor came in, and promptly drove the others away.

Right there is three examples of how people leave churches without a letter.

Have your plans in place. think it through, every possible method that someone would join. Know what you would talk to that member about. Indeed, you may want to make it a practice that any prospective church member attend a First Principles class, where they can learn proper church doctrine – and THEN apply for membership.

Where Did we get so many false teachers and teachings from???


I sit here, listening to sermons on my laptop while I write. It’s so difficult in the Laodecian age to find pastors that preach correct doctrine. You find this guy, hey, he’s pretty good, but he’s got this error. This guys a really good preacher, but he’s Calvinist. Or this guy’s Armenianist, and believes he has to maintain his own salvation. That’s a big error.

David Wilkerson is a powerful preacher, but he was pentecostal. Yet he was the most powerful voice against Word Faith teachings since the 70’s. He was speaking out against it years before John McArthur began.

I like listening to Walter Martin – but he too spoke in tongues.

I like this Dan guy, really good Bible teacher, but he’s Baptist Brider. So now I have to wade through all that “It matters who baptizes you” and “Did they have authority to start a church?” and other issues.

It’s breaking my heart. Lord, whatever happened to Godly men teaching sound doctrine? It’s like Marc Monte said once, that early in the 19th century, you could go to pretty much any Protestant or Baptist church and find the true Gospel preached.

And I visit Baptist bulletin boards, and find people speaking critically of David Cloud. Really? His doctrine’s good – not like the cult figure of Jack Hyles/Jack Schaap, or the heretical teachings of Riplinger, or Peter Ruckman. So Baptists have no leg to stand on when we point fingers at false teachers OUTSIDE Baptistdom – we’ve got our own heretics as well!

Now in the 21st Century the Gospel is a muddled mess. Let’s see what people are teaching…

  • God wants you healthy and rich. If you can’t speak it into existence, you’ve got a lack of faith.
  • All you have to do is believe. Don’t repent – that’s works!
  • You don’t have to be born again – you were predestined to be saved, and nothing you can do can change that.
  • You were predestined to be saved, but that doesn’t take away your responsibility to obey the Gospel and be born again.
  • You don’t have to be born again, everyone is saved. Halleluyah!
  • precious few will be saved. I made it, the rest of you will burn forever. Mwahahahaha!
  • You have to repent and be baptized to be saved
  • you have to repent and confess you are a sinner to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive you
  • you just have to beleive – don’t repent! That word’s not even in the Bible!
  • you must join the Roman Catholic Church, as there is salvation in no other church.
  • you must have obedience to God’s chosen organization, the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • you must be a seventh day adventist, and perform good works to be saved
  • you must confess EVERY Sin you’ve ever committed! And Jesus Christ must be the absolute Lord of every area of your life to be saved!
  • You must evidence all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be saved
  • If you don’t speak in tongues, you aren’t saved.
  • If you’re not a member of the True Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are not saved.
  • If you believe in the Trinity, you aren’t saved
  • if you don’t believe in the Trinity, you aren’t saved

See the problem? There’s truth mixed in there. Did you spot it, in the middle of all the apostasy and heresy? Or did you fall for the lies in there? How do you know what’s true and not?

The correct answer is the Bible. But the Bible just doesn’t say in one verse in Genesis 1:1 “You have to repent and understand you are a sinner.” Verse 2 “And ye must ask the Lord Jesus to forgive thee and save thee.”

The Bible mixes everything together. You’ll find the salvation message all throughout the Bible. The Lord did it this way on purpose. You can be saved just reading the Gospel of John. But there’s a lot of doctrine all throughout the Bible. It takes study to be able to know what is correct doctrine or not. This is how the Christian grows. If you don’t STUDY your Bible, you’re going to be led astray by a wolf in sheeps clothing, pure and simple. I draw attention to the fact that so many people read C. S. Lewis and think he was saved! And Sunday School classes get together and read “Mere Christianity”. And they find themselves drifting into Thomas A Kempis, and St. John of The Cross, and St. Alba of the Nightstand, and whatever. And suddenly the Pastor starts wondering why so many people in the church are obsessing about salvation and “obedience”.

The sunday School class goes out and buys a program on seeking God. And soon everyone’s touchy-feely about love… and someone begins speaking in tongues in a Southern Baptist Church. Well, yeah – you brought in the Charismatic stuff back in Vacation Bible School, and didn’t even notice! And you had stuff on God whispering, and desiring God, and crazy love… and suddenly your Baptist Church has calvinists and tongues speakers! And the Pastor wonders if its too late to weave cords into a whip and cleanse the Temple.

Friends, we trust everyone who names the name of Christ! Did we stop to see whether or not that’s what the Bible tells you to do? No! We are to study to shew thyself approved. We are to test the spirits. We are warned that grevious wolves will arise – and boy, have they!

I’m telling you right now, probably 95% of what most Christian Bookstores sell is heresy or false teachings. I look at Sunday School curriculums, and shudder. I would have to buy one to see how many doctrinal errors are in it. Before I could in good conscience use the materials, I’d have to go through one, and if necessary line things out with permanent black ink to keep people from reading false doctrine.

I’ve looked at the video curriculums they push, and most of them scare me. My only options now would be taking a DVd curriculum, and editing out any parts that were unScriptural. Why is it I have to do all this? How did Baptists ever get to this point???

The Bible warns us in the last days, some will depart from the faith. More like, most. The Lord even wondered if Faith would be found on the Earth when He returned. The letters to the seven churches show the last days to be marked by churches that make the Lord sick to His stomach. Why do I write about so many heresies and false doctrines??? Because I HAVE to. If I don’t, people will go blindly on, many into damnation, and many Christians into a lack of rewards!

Here’s the question – does it bother YOU? Why are YOU not upset at the wholesale apostasy today? What are you going to do about it?

Where Did we get so many false teachers and teachings from???


I sit here, listening to sermons on my laptop while I write. It’s so difficult in the Laodecian age to find pastors that preach correct doctrine. You find this guy, hey, he’s pretty good, but he’s got this error. This guys a really good preacher, but he’s Calvinist. Or this guy’s Armenianist, and believes he has to maintain his own salvation. That’s a big error.

David Wilkerson is a powerful preacher, but he was pentecostal. Yet he was the most powerful voice against Word Faith teachings since the 70’s. He was speaking out against it years before John McArthur began.

I like listening to Walter Martin – but he too spoke in tongues.

I like this Dan guy, really good Bible teacher, but he’s Baptist Brider. So now I have to wade through all that “It matters who baptizes you” and “Did they have authority to start a church?” and other issues.

It’s breaking my heart. Lord, whatever happened to Godly men teaching sound doctrine? It’s like Marc Monte said once, that early in the 19th century, you could go to pretty much any Protestant or Baptist church and find the true Gospel preached.

And I visit Baptist bulletin boards, and find people speaking critically of David Cloud. Really? His doctrine’s good – not like the cult figure of Jack Hyles/Jack Schaap, or the heretical teachings of Riplinger, or Peter Ruckman. So Baptists have no leg to stand on when we point fingers at false teachers OUTSIDE Baptistdom – we’ve got our own heretics as well!

Now in the 21st Century the Gospel is a muddled mess. Let’s see what people are teaching…

  • God wants you healthy and rich. If you can’t speak it into existence, you’ve got a lack of faith.
  • All you have to do is believe. Don’t repent – that’s works!
  • You don’t have to be born again – you were predestined to be saved, and nothing you can do can change that.
  • You were predestined to be saved, but that doesn’t take away your responsibility to obey the Gospel and be born again.
  • You don’t have to be born again, everyone is saved. Halleluyah!
  • precious few will be saved. I made it, the rest of you will burn forever. Mwahahahaha!
  • You have to repent and be baptized to be saved
  • you have to repent and confess you are a sinner to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to forgive you
  • you just have to beleive – don’t repent! That word’s not even in the Bible!
  • you must join the Roman Catholic Church, as there is salvation in no other church.
  • you must have obedience to God’s chosen organization, the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • you must be a seventh day adventist, and perform good works to be saved
  • you must confess EVERY Sin you’ve ever committed! And Jesus Christ must be the absolute Lord of every area of your life to be saved!
  • You must evidence all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be saved
  • If you don’t speak in tongues, you aren’t saved.
  • If you’re not a member of the True Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are not saved.
  • If you believe in the Trinity, you aren’t saved
  • if you don’t believe in the Trinity, you aren’t saved

See the problem? There’s truth mixed in there. Did you spot it, in the middle of all the apostasy and heresy? Or did you fall for the lies in there? How do you know what’s true and not?

The correct answer is the Bible. But the Bible just doesn’t say in one verse in Genesis 1:1 “You have to repent and understand you are a sinner.” Verse 2 “And ye must ask the Lord Jesus to forgive thee and save thee.”

The Bible mixes everything together. You’ll find the salvation message all throughout the Bible. The Lord did it this way on purpose. You can be saved just reading the Gospel of John. But there’s a lot of doctrine all throughout the Bible. It takes study to be able to know what is correct doctrine or not. This is how the Christian grows. If you don’t STUDY your Bible, you’re going to be led astray by a wolf in sheeps clothing, pure and simple. I draw attention to the fact that so many people read C. S. Lewis and think he was saved! And Sunday School classes get together and read “Mere Christianity”. And they find themselves drifting into Thomas A Kempis, and St. John of The Cross, and St. Alba of the Nightstand, and whatever. And suddenly the Pastor starts wondering why so many people in the church are obsessing about salvation and “obedience”.

The sunday School class goes out and buys a program on seeking God. And soon everyone’s touchy-feely about love… and someone begins speaking in tongues in a Southern Baptist Church. Well, yeah – you brought in the Charismatic stuff back in Vacation Bible School, and didn’t even notice! And you had stuff on God whispering, and desiring God, and crazy love… and suddenly your Baptist Church has calvinists and tongues speakers! And the Pastor wonders if its too late to weave cords into a whip and cleanse the Temple.

Friends, we trust everyone who names the name of Christ! Did we stop to see whether or not that’s what the Bible tells you to do? No! We are to study to shew thyself approved. We are to test the spirits. We are warned that grevious wolves will arise – and boy, have they!

I’m telling you right now, probably 95% of what most Christian Bookstores sell is heresy or false teachings. I look at Sunday School curriculums, and shudder. I would have to buy one to see how many doctrinal errors are in it. Before I could in good conscience use the materials, I’d have to go through one, and if necessary line things out with permanent black ink to keep people from reading false doctrine.

I’ve looked at the video curriculums they push, and most of them scare me. My only options now would be taking a DVd curriculum, and editing out any parts that were unScriptural. Why is it I have to do all this? How did Baptists ever get to this point???

The Bible warns us in the last days, some will depart from the faith. More like, most. The Lord even wondered if Faith would be found on the Earth when He returned. The letters to the seven churches show the last days to be marked by churches that make the Lord sick to His stomach. Why do I write about so many heresies and false doctrines??? Because I HAVE to. If I don’t, people will go blindly on, many into damnation, and many Christians into a lack of rewards!

Here’s the question – does it bother YOU? Why are YOU not upset at the wholesale apostasy today? What are you going to do about it?