ORIGIN OF THE BAPTISTS

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Baptists have three points of origin: The New Testament, the Protestant Reformation, and Puritan and Separatist congregations. Being over 400 years old, Baptists have always been first and foremost people of the Book, Christological in focus, passionate about religious liberty and with sharing the faith. It is because of this that Carey Theological College is named after one of the great missionaries of the 18th century, William Carey.

WHO WERE THE BAPTISTS?

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The first Baptists were known as general atonement Baptists, due to their belief that Christ’s death on the cross was for whosoever believed in it. Yet 30 years later the Separatists would arise, placing themselves alongside more Calvinist beliefs. Then there came the Sabbatarian Baptists, who believed in strict Sabbath laws, and the Leg of Mutton Baptists, who celebrated the Passover rituals. Though different, each group kept the Bible close, and read it closely. Baptists would grow at an exponential rate, numbering over 10,000 only 75 years after the rise of the first Baptists, and yet they all were a part of an identifiable group known as Baptists.