Baptist religion comprises the largest number of Christian protestants dominions. The members of this religious belief are similar to those of other protestants but for them, they stress that baptism is through immersion into the water rather than pouring and spring of water. Baptists believe that only believers should be baptized. Baptists comprise of various churches that follow a congregational government of the church. Most Baptist put emphasize on none existence of either a human founder nor human authority or human creed. My dad is a pastor of a baptist church and the owner of a plumbing company Plumbers Hollywood Florida.
Baptist emanated from the English separatism which resulted from Dutch Mennonites or Anabaptist. The third perspective is that Baptist church holds that this church has somehow been in existence since Christ.
According to history, the origin of Baptist dominion is recorded to be in America in the 17th century. This church came into existence over contradicting beliefs by officials that pertained to how the church functions should be carried. This happened in the Massachusetts Bay colony, where Roger William founded the first Baptist Church in 1938 at Rhodes Island. Not long, another founder John Clarke, who was an Englishman founded another Baptist church on the same Island. The two were later given a chatter by King Charles that gave them the freedom to carry one with their religion work in the Island.
Other different opinions illustrate the origin of the Baptist Church. The first opinion by Bruce Gourley who was the Baptist History and Heritage Society is that Baptist extended from the separatist movement in England that led to the separation of the protestant Christians from the church of England between the 16th-18th century.
According to most people, this view gained popularity and acceptance. These movements by the separatists were recognized as the first Baptist congregation.
These movements led to the existence of Two groups of Baptists;
The presence of persecution in the home country, they were not allowed to get outside England Church. Thomas Helwys and John Smyth congregation sort refuge in Amsterdam in 1606 and formed their church there which is still believed to be among the earliest English Baptist Churches. This group did not accept that other churches adhere to teachings from the Bible on Baptism. This was followed by Smyth baptizing himself then baptized members of the congregations who were already adults.
Helwys traveled back to England in 1612, just after establishing a congregation in the Netherlands and went to start another Baptist church near London. In 1624, there existed many congregations of Baptists in England came together to form an Association of Baptists churches.
Since that time, there has been a continuous growth of the General Baptists Churches, with a few challenges’ belief persecution by other people. This church finally expanded across the Atlantic. Presently, several churches would match the description of the general Baptist.
This group came into existence at almost the same time as General Baptists. This church was known as particular because they had a different suggestion on atonements. They believed Christ died on the cross for particular people, while for the general Baptists, atonement meant that those who were willing to receive salvation, it was made possible to them.
A Survey was carried in America in 1973 that resulted in an estimate of about 1032 American Baptist churches. Among them, 956 were Particular Baptist churches. That means that this congregation gained popularity in America quickly. Later, this group championed the constitution amendment that shielded the liberty of the religion. Today, there have been so many reforms on these Baptists churches that have seen it expand worldwide
From the illustrations above, people have diverse views on the origin of the Baptist dominion. Even though the American Baptists refused to have originated from the English Baptists, The English Welsh believers are satisfied that they received their creed from Jesus Apostles. The Germans believe to have acquired their creed in the same manner as the Welsh Baptists.
The Dutch hold that, reformation came in much later and that they were elder than the hierarchy that was too corrupt and needed to be reformed. In a nutshell, Baptism ideally started in England during the times of reform. The main intention of the Baptist church has been to spread the faith of the early churches in the bible that based their teachings on the New Testament.