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Freedom, Authority, and Doctrine

Gregory A. Wills

in Democratic Religion

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195160994
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849574 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160994.003.0007

Series: Religion in America

Freedom, Authority, and Doctrine

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Baptist discipline manifested fidelity to the evangelical exclusivist temperament, especially to its insistence on a church separate from the world and established in purity. Manifesting the same commitment to exclusivism in their approach to theological truth, Baptists turned to ecclesiastical authority to ensure pure belief as well as pure deportment. They strove to repel the onslaught of modern ideas by means of church discipline. Erroneous beliefs merited exclusion from the church, and Baptist covenants linked church discipline to sound belief. They pledged to exert “a Godly Discipline” against any departure from “the Faith, once delivered to the Saints.”.

Keywords: Southern Baptists; Baptist discipline; evangelicalism; exclusivism; ecclesiastical authority

Chapter.  5812 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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