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A Brief History of the Primitive Baptist Denomination

A: The London Confession of Faith

The history of the Primitive Baptists can be traced back to the Reformation of the early sixteenth century in England. During this time, many religious leaders came forth to dispute the teachings of the Roman Catholic faith and the organizational structure of the churches themselves. Calvin emerged from this time as a leader championing the teachings of Bishop Augustine. He supported the ideals of God's sovereignty in creation, salvation, as well as the idea of predestination.

The first English Baptist Church was founded in 1611 and embraced Arminian theology. A Particular Baptist church embracing Calvinism was founded in 1638. Once this church and line of belief was established, concern emerged for documentation of true beliefs. As a result, the 1644 London Confession of Faith was written. It incorporated Calvinist religious theology.

The confession outlined the major issues that were to separate Baptists from other Christian bodies. Baptists would be congregationally governed but completely separated from the state. As orthodox Christians, they would uphold adult baptism by immersion as the apostolic mode of baptism.

B. The Black Rock Address

In the late 1700s and early 1800s, some Baptist churches in America adopted various doctrines and practices which differed significantly from Baptist standards. During these same times, there were many Baptist churches which held to traditional views. The contention between these groups became so sharp that new fractures began to develop in Baptist fellowship as of the late 1820s. Division was accelerated in 1832 when a group of the conservative Baptists met at Black Rock, Maryland to compose a general address in which they announced and explained their resolve to withdraw fellowship from the liberal doctrines and practices. The resulting document, generally known as the Black Rock Address, had widespread influence, and lead churches across the country to take similar action. The conservative churches deriving from this unfortunate but necessary division later became known as Primitive Baptists. The word ”Primitive” meant original or old Baptists.

C. Primitive Baptist Church Split

About the year 1909 there arose a division among the Primitive Baptists, or Old School Baptists, concerning the use of musical instruments in the church and "protracted meetings." Any meeting that continued more than three days was considered a "protracted meeting." These two things were the main issues, but from all appearances preacher jealousy was the real cause of the division. Those abstaining from the use of musical instruments and declining to go beyond three days in a meeting named themselves "Old Liners" and branded those whom they opposed as "Progressive." Progressive Primitive Baptists do have Bible Study classes, Youth Fellowship meetings and musical instruments in their churches whereas the Old Line Baptists do not.

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