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Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God."
- Matthew 22:29

Isaiah 55:11
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it
Gen 1:3
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light
Matthew 26:26
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body."
Malachi 1:11
My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to my name, because my name will be great among the nations," says the LORD Almighty.
John 20:23
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
James 2:14
What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
Luke 20:38
For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.
Rev 21:27
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
1 Cor 3:15
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
Psalm 51:5
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.
John 3:5
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:5
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
1 Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
Acts 22:16
And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

Waldensians Not Baptists

One of the more common historical errors we find about the Christian blogosphere is the persistent myth of Dr. JM Carroll's Trail of Blood. The now disproven tract had a wide circulation around the late 19th Century and gained much traction among Christian congregations during the anti-Catholic No Nothing period of American history. Modern Baptist historians like James Edward McGoldrick, author of Baptist Successionism, have used scholarship to soundly refute the "landmarkism" myth perpetuated by Trail of Blood.

One of the myths perpetuated by landmarkism and Carroll's Trail of Blood was the myth that Waldensians are part of the apostolic continuity of Baptists. Nothing could be further from the truth. While Waldensian congregations still exist in Europe and the America's, the post-Reformation doctrines of modern Waldensians differ greatly from the doctrines and practices of Waldensians of the 12th and 13th Centuries. One of the advantages of living in the 21st Century is that we have the advantage of the collection of docuents known as the world-wide web. Among those 10 billion documents can be found at the University of Michigan a short tome entitled Waldo and the Waldensians Before the Reformation.

Among the pages of this short, but well footnoted book are documented evidence of some very non-Baptist practices. Among these are:

1. Transubstantiation (p.41)

2. Acceptance of the Apochrypha (p.54)

3. Salvation by faith and works (p.56)

4. Prayed mostly repeating the Lord’s Prayer (p.60)

5. Admitted the seven sacraments (p.61)

6. Did not exclude the confessional (p.61)

7. Veneration of the Mother of Jesus (p.61)

Yeah, the 12th and 13th Century Waldensians sound just like the present day Baptist conventions. The world can hardly tell them apart.

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Saint Patrick a Baptist! Not!
Scripture Memorization in Early Church History

Source: History, Homeschooling, and Religious Persecution

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Blogger Beth B said...

Yes, Baptists aren't known for their historical acumen. I have fond memories of the time I was twelve, asking my Sunday School teacher, "Where did Baptists come from?" Without skipping a beat, he assured me that we Southern Baptists could trace our church all the way back to "John, the Baptist." True story!

Needless to say, I am no longer a Baptist.

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