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Our Heritage

Our Heritage

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Our Heritage outlines the work of the Holy Spirit since the time of Christ, especially examining the Anabaptist movement to the present day. It also tells of personal experiences of the author as it relates to certain Biblical passages.
Our Heritage outlines the work of the Holy Spirit since the time of Christ, especially examining the Anabaptist movement to the present day. It also tells of personal experiences of the author as it relates to certain Biblical passages.

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Our Heritage
by B. Martinlast updated - 22 September, 2007
 
Preface:
Lord, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O Lord. Renewthem in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy. Hab 3:2I am first a Christian, which means I am a follower of Christ. I am also a Baptist, whichprimarily means I believe in baptizing people after they are born again. I was raised in aBaptist church, and attended two Baptist colleges, though I don't currently attend aBaptist church in a formal sense, yet I affirm that we who are true believers are theChurch. I don't desire that all Christians become Baptists; in fact, I do not tell peopleI am a Baptist because there is much misunderstanding about the name in modern time.As concerning the history of the Baptist denomination, much has been muddled throughthe biased contortion of Scripture and of historical facts. I do expect all Christians tobe Biblical, honest, transparent, and humble before the Author of all things, the Onewho holds all Truth in His hands and gives wisdom liberally to any who ask. This is howGod Himself has challenged my understanding and indeed transformed it.This is primarily an
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of Scripture, history, and first-hand experience. It isprimarily intended for those who ascribe to the name "Baptist," but I also invite allthose who are Christians to receive from these writings.I must enlighten the reader to my own personal premises, or axioms. One is forunbelievers: faith (heart-based trust) is a higher principle than reason and logic,because conclusions of reason involve only what we know, whereas conclusions of faithinvolve what we know and also what we do not know, or even can comprehend (what issupernatural and beyond our natural understanding). We come to Truth much quickerwhen we trust (have faith in) Someone who knows more than we do.There are fundamental keys of orthodox (true) Christianity: the Promise of thedisempowerment of the Serpent through the death and resurrection of the Messiah, thedeity and humanity of Jesus (which necessitates the virgin birth of Him), the necessityof repentance and faith (proved by fruitful works) for genuine salvation, the secondcoming of Christ to judge the earth, and the inspiration of Scriptures, to name a few.Some others are necessary to highlight for the reader. I believe God is bigger than theBible, and that studying it without a personal encounter and experience with Him createsgodless doctrine and dead religious form, culture, custom, ritual, tradition, theology,
 
dogma, constitutions, covenants, and institutions, which are, in fact, antichrist ("againstthe anointed people and the Anointing"). Relationship with God and hearing His voice is ahigher principal than the Scriptures, because this is how the Scriptures came to be inthe first place. I also affirm we do not have all the answers, though we are (as theChurch) the pillar and ground of Truth. We know in part, but there is much we do notknow and His understanding is infinitely greater than our understanding. Thisnecessitates continual renewing of our mind, even of things which we strongly andsoulishly affirm (our traditions). If we do not leave these open to testing by Him, wehave limited ourselves to our own understanding and have departed from Him.Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God:because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 1 Jn 4:1But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.Matt 15:9Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these?for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this. Eccl 7:10If we do allow Him to test all that we think or believe, even our traditions and the“former days” which we think were better, all that is true will remain. We cannotfoolishly wish for "the good-old days" or always try to return to the way things "used tobe", but must continually seek His face for transformation, renewal, and His will in allthings.I confess Jesus Christ is Lord is the flesh, and believe I am a true Christian, and I amnot a false teacher, although some, including family and friends, have questioned orasserted otherwise at one time and some may do so now. We (who know Jesus truly) arethe Church: this is a declaration of truth, which no man or any other power can ascribeto us or take from us. I also affirm this axiom:All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, forreproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Tim 3:16I believe God uses the Old Testament to teach us, as well as the New, for indeed theOld Testament (and all of the Bible) is prophetic, foretelling future events, such as thelife of Jesus, the early Church, and also reaching into our modern day. It cannot becontextualized or interpreted easily, merely within audiential, historical and culturalboundaries, nor can we simply dismiss certain passages for these reasons. His Wordtranscends time and space, reaching across all cultures and times. From this, I willsimply lay forth the Word, and let Him speak for Himself through His Scriptures. You,

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