Why I’m Not A Baptist
Several years ago I read a book called Why I Am A Baptist. It was a book where several well-known Baptists discussed why they were still a Baptist. At the time, I was still firmly entrenched in my Southern Baptist church.
Since then I have left the Baptist world. I’m not a Baptist anymore.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with being a Baptist. I have friends who are still Baptist.
People can still be reached by Baptists. There are areas where and people who, perhaps, only Baptists can reach. However, the majority of the world is not Baptist. Many, if not most, of those who will be reached for Christ will not be reached by Baptists.
Over the years Baptists have involved themselves a great deal in national politics. While never admitting it, they have become known for aligning themselves with one political party over another. There’s nothing wrong with affecting politics, however politics should never become the Church’s way of changing the world.
A great majority of Baptists have remained tied to traditionalism. While the world is changing around them, far too many want things to remain the same.
None of the reason I’m not a Baptist are necessarily wrong or evil. However, they can be road blocks to achieving what the Church is called to do. And guess what? What I left being a Baptist for is susceptible to many of the same things. What I have become is not inherently superior to being a Baptist. What’s important is following after Christ with all you’ve got.
Have you eve left a tradition you were part of for something new? Why did you leave?