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Top Ten Reasons Not To Join A Reformed Baptist Church.

If you are church shopping [this article was first published in OCTOBER 2011] or looking for a local Christian fellowship a Reformed Baptist Church may not be your cup of tea 🙂

Well you see, Dr. James White has (honestly) noted that in a Reformed Baptist Church…

  1. You don’t get to leave after every sermon feeling good about yourself. You may even desire repentance.
  2. You don’t get to hear the sermons in the same way you may be used to. It’s frequently verse by verse, maybe not even relevant to your current situation.
  3. You don’t get to be entertained. We don’t want to entertain you.
  4. You don’t get to go to church every weeknight for programs. We don’t have ‘em.
  5. You don’t get to be ‘lost in the crowd’. We tend to have accountability to one another.
  6. You don’t get to hear social commentary. Sermons are mostly biblical and serious.
  7. We’re not considered ‘seeker-friendly’. We don’t believe in seekers. Apart from regeneration, they don’t exist.
  8. You’re asked to apply the sermons to your life.
  9. You’re asked to attend services regularly, to support your elders in prayer and give sacrificially to the advance of the Gospel.
  10. You will experience conviction of sin with regularity.

[HT Defending. Contending]

17 responses to “Top Ten Reasons Not To Join A Reformed Baptist Church.

  1. conniewalden October 7, 2011 at 20:16

    Though I’m a member of the church of Christ, the ten reasons not to join a Reformed Baptist Church sounds good. I never joined the church of Christ. I was added to the church by Christ at my baptism at the age of twenty-four, after hearing and believing the Gospel. Thanks for sharing. Connie.

  2. Craig Benno October 7, 2011 at 21:40

    Interesting there is no mention that you are encouraged in your sins are forgiven!

    • Acidri October 8, 2011 at 02:57

      The encouragement is left to the Holy Spirit – to give assurance of their salvation and sins being forgiven.

    • Whitney July 12, 2013 at 17:13

      Oh, contrare! Encouragement comes when we are being taught and are reading the word ourselves verse by verse and we find out how lost and wretched we are apart from the grace and mercy of Christ and then we can truly look on Him as our Savior and appreciate what He has done. His word is being taught accurately. We have to see our lost state to appreciate His goodness.

  3. Laine October 8, 2011 at 19:42

    I like #1. I feel like I haven’t been to church unless I’ve walked out having had my feathers ruffled.

  4. Truthinator January 4, 2013 at 11:49

    11. You will not receive a Carnal; Christian t-shirt since we do not believe this is a valid Biblical concept.

  5. SLIMJIM January 7, 2013 at 23:12

    Good to be reminded again with this list of reasons.

  6. Helen February 17, 2013 at 21:38

    This sounds my kind of church!! You are determined to get me out of the church of England!

  7. Truth2Freedom July 12, 2013 at 19:03

    Reblogged this on Truth2Freedom's Blog.

  8. Jamie Carter November 3, 2016 at 00:22

    Other good reasons:
    You’re well versed with the failure of the Shepherding Movement and you’re not keen on experiencing it for yourself.
    You can’t find the exact wording of the document that the disciples signed in order to become official members of the Church in the Bible and don’t want to sign something they didn’t sign.
    You’re read one too many stories about spiritual abuse coming out of the RBC and aren’t willing to risk becoming one.
    You don’t think that elders, by virtue of being old men, are automatically holier, more right and have sound judgement – particularly when it comes to how you live your life.
    You’re not interested in a pink and blue version of the faith and being pigeonholed into an either/or situation.
    You know that you are unique and you want a church that celebrates that, not quashes it.

  9. simont November 3, 2016 at 09:15

    Reblogged this on where life meets theology and commented:
    Great article by a good online friend

  10. simont November 3, 2016 at 09:20

    Reblogged, hope you don’t mind:)

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