How well do you know the Biblical Distinctives of Baptists? Circle the correct answer. (Answers and rationales are available.)

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Baptist Distinctives are Biblical beliefs of Baptists that define who they are and how their churches function.

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Only Baptists believe in salvation by faith alone.

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Baptist pastors do not wear clerical collars because of their belief in the priesthood of all believers.

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Baptists believe that water baptism and church membership go together.

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Baptists believe in believer’s baptism; therefore, they will only baptize infants of parents who are true believers.

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There is no reference in the Bible to an infant being baptized.

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The Baptist practice of baptism by immersion arose in church history as a way to distinguish Baptists from others who sprinkle or pour.

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The ordinance of the Lord’s Supper is only for believers who are in proper fellowship with God and others.

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Baptist belief in separation of church and state precludes the involvement of Christians in politics.

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Baptists do not believe that the elements in the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper are, or become, the actual body and blood of Christ, or that the elements contain Christ’s spiritual presence.

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Baptists believe that the ordinances are memorial in nature; the ordinances have nothing to do with salvation.

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Baptists believe that a person should profess personal faith in Christ as a prerequisite for joining a local church.

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Baptists do not normally recite creeds in their worship services because of their belief in individual soul liberty.

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Baptists influenced the inclusion of the concept of separation of church and state in the U.S. Constitution.

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Baptists believe in local church autonomy, meaning that churches should be free from external influence and control.

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Although believing in autonomy, Baptists are not isolationists. They value voluntary cooperation with other churches for fellowship, encouragement, and support.

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Baptist churches own their own property.

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Baptists believe that regional bishops should oversee the work of local church pastors only on rare occasions.

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Baptists believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority in all matters of belief and practice.

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Baptists have always valued religious liberty, but only for those in a Christian nation who believe in Christianity.

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Baptists believe in transferring members between fundamental churches only.

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Baptists believe that the work of missions is planting autonomous Baptist churches locally and globally.

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Baptists prefer not to use the terms clergy and laity because they imply a spiritual distinction between pastors and the people they serve. This non-distinction is based upon the belief in the priesthood of all believers.

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Baptists believe in two Biblical offices of local church leadership: pastors and deacons.

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Baptists are one of the leading Protestant groups in America.

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