Baptist Apostasy and the Ordinances
by Evangelist Gordon Silcox
I Corinthians 11: 2 ~ „Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you.”
Many Baptist churches have abandoned the scriptural practice of the ordinances. There is a falling away from scriptural baptism and closed Lord’s Supper. The practice of the Lord’s supper is open in many Baptist churches and close in others. No longer do they preach and teach that only the redeemed and scripturally baptized saint who is right with his church can participate in the supper. In many of our Baptist churches members are now allowed to participate in a close Supper practice. The Lord’s supper is to be a time of remembering our Savior, a time of heart searching, and a time of revival among the members of the church. It is not to be a time of ecumenical associations. It is done in remembrance of our Lord. How can the unsaved remember Christ? How can a backsliding saint safely attend the supper? (I Cor. 11:23-34).
In the matter of Baptism; there is a falling away from the Biblical practice of believers baptism. Baptism in many Baptist churches has become a community affair. Many Baptist churches are accepting Baptism from other churches as long as it is by immersion. Even non-Baptist Baptism is accepted. Some of these churches would not accept the doctrine of Pentecostal, Protestant or cultic churches, yet they are accepting their baptism, which is just as alien as their doctrine. Many of these false churches preach another gospel. Baptist baptism is to fit our gospel ~ the death, the burial, and the resurrection. Baptist baptism is the proper candidate (one who is saved) immersed into a scriptural church, declaring the design of that baptism (the resurrection to a new life) and done under the authority of a scriptural church. Christ only gave baptism to his true churches, and the Protestant churches, the Catholic churches and the cults do not have authority to baptize (Matthew 28:16-20). There is a deepening apostasy in many Baptist churches concerning the practice of the ordinances. It is time to return to the faith of our fathers.