Baptists Before the Reformation 2nd part
The four theories of Baptist origins that were presented in the last post are:
A. Apostolic succession
B. Anabaptist kinship
C. Possible baptistic congregations within the Roman Catholic church
D. English Separatist decent
All four all four have some strengths and weaknesses yet all four are open for debate. I will echo E. T. Hiscox words “The greater part had never been connected with Roman hierarchy, while many had, separated themselves from the false, that they might enjoy the true Church of Christ.
"The important element is not succession but possession."*
Keneth H. Good writes, “E.T. Hiscox states that the claim of an unbroken, visible succession going back to the apostles is ‘groundless, and doctrinally useless.’ The marks of a genuine Baptist church are to be found 'not in succession, but in possession.'”**
“Possession of what?” one may logically ask. The possession and practice of the apostolic truth and teaching found in the New Testament are the marks of a biblical Baptist church.
We have studied these truths in the acrostic BAPTISTS:
While they do not cover all truth found in the completed Revelation of God they serve well to articulate the substance of biblical Baptists.
*Principles and Practices for Baptist Churches, by E.T. Hiscox (P.497) Kregel