Baptist Distinctives

Soul Freedom

We believe in the priesthood of all believers, the freedom and responsibility of every person to relate directly to God without imposition of creed or control of clergy or government.

Bible Freedom

We believe in the authority of Scripture. We believe the Bible, under the Lordship of Christ, is central in the life of the individual and church. We affirm the freedom and right of every Christian to interpret and apply Scripture under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.

Church Freedom

We believe in the autonomy of every local church. We believe Baptist churches are free, under the Lordship of Christ, to determine their membership and leadership, to order their worship and work, to ordain whomever they perceive as gifted for ministry, and to participate as they deem appropriate in the larger Body of Christ.>br>

Religious Freedom

We believe in freedom of religion, freedom for religion, and freedom from religion. We support the separation of church and state. For more information about Baptist history, principles and practices, see Baptist History & Heritage Society, P. O. Box 728, Brentwood, TN 37024-0728 (800.866.2278) or visit

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