Put Baptist In Name

I have been a Southern Baptist pastor for over 54 years, and presently I am the pastor of Oak Level Missionary Baptist Church in Marshall County.

Recently in the Western Recorder, I, along with other members of our church, have noticed there are several “churches” who are not Baptist in name, or practice, yet our convention has accepted them into our fellowship. We are disturbed that the name “Baptist” is disappearing from many churches and institutions that we have used Baptist money to build and support.

Our church is a supporter of the Cooperative Program (5 percent), but we have cut it to 3 percent to make a statement, that we are not in favor of supporting non-Baptist churches. They all say they are Baptist, but are ashamed to put the name Baptist on their sign. They like Baptist support, but they do not support the Baptist name.

There was a school in western Kentucky that took the name “Baptist” out of their name.  Many of our Baptist churches stopped supporting the school, and some leaders said they didn’t care. Today the institution is closed.

Baptists have a tremendous history, and many of the greatest institutions in the world, both at home and abroad, but we had better be careful how we treat the Baptist name.

Oak Level Missionary Baptist Church is a new work, and it started with no members, and no money. The KBC supported us in the beginning, for which we are grateful.  Now 12 percent of our budget goes to missions, but we are not in favor of any of our mission money going to churches who are ashamed of the name “Baptist.”

—C.C. Brasher, pastor Oak Level Missionary Baptist Church Benton, Kentucky

From the Western Recorder newspaper, February 9, 2016. Letter to the Editor.


Why Should We Wish to Make Baptists of our Protestant Brethren?

But why should we wish to make Baptists of our Protestant brethren? Are not many of them noble Christians — not a few of them among the excellent of the earth? If with their opinions they are so devout and useful, why wish them to adopt other opinions? Yes, there are among them many who command our high admiration for their beautiful Christian character and life; but have a care about your inferences from this fact. The same is true even of many Roman Catholics, in the past and in the present; yet who doubts that the Romanist system as a whole is unfavorable to the production of the best types of piety? And it is not necessarily an arrogant and presumptuous thing in us if we strive to bring honored fellow-Christians to views which we honestly believe to be more scriptural, and therefore more wholesome. Apollos was an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, and Aquila and Priscilla were lowly people who doubtless admired him; yet they taught him the way of the Lord more perfectly, and no doubt greatly rejoiced that he was willing to learn. He who tries to win people from other denominations to his own distinctive views may be a sectarian bigot; but he may also be a humble and loving Christian.   – John A. Broadus

— From his essay “The Duty of Baptists to Teach Their Distinctive Views” 

— From the Baptist History Homepage,     www.baptisthistoryhomepage.com/broadus.john.win.protestants.html

The 2015 KBC Pastors’ Conference

Smith, Patterson headline Ky. Pastors’ Conference

By Todd Deaton

Elizabethtown—With a theme of “An Identity Worth Preserving,” drawn from 2 Timothy 2:2, the 2015 Kentucky Baptist Pastors’ Conference will feature keynote addresses by Evangelist Bailey Smith and Seminary President Paige Patterson. Smith and Patterson, both former presidents of the Southern Baptist Convention, will deliver the opening and closing addresses for the evening session, Nov. 9, at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.
“I believe our identity as Baptists is slowly being forgotten,” said Conference President Ben Stratton, pastor of Farmington Baptist Church. “This year I hope the conference reminds Kentucky Baptists that we have an identity that needs to be preserved in the 21st century.”
Speakers for the afternoon session, which begins at 2 p.m., include Ron Noffsinger, a pastor in western Kentucky; Jeff Faggart, founder of the Baptist History Preservation Society; and Adam Greenway, professor and dean at Southern Seminary. Also speaking during the evening session will be Moses Radford, an African-America pastor in Kentucky.
This will be the first time for Kentucky pastors to hear Radford, Faggart, and Noffsinger, Straton noted. “All four are dynamic preachers with a passion for Christ, His word and the New Testament church,” he said.
As one of the founders of the J.H. Spencer Historical Society, Stratton has a passion for Kentucky Baptist history, and as a special attraction, this year’s program will contain a history of the Pastors’ Conference.
“The Kentucky Baptist Ministers’ Meeting was started in 1835, two years before the KBC,” Stratton noted, adding that the event has changed much over the years. “At one time, it was common to have 15 or more preachers in a two day period,” he said.
Another highlight at this year’s meeting will be an historical table displaying past presidents, all the way back to 1835, Stratton added. “For example, V.I. Masters, former editor of the Western Recorder, was president of the conference on nine different occasions,” he noted.
This year the conference will follow the old Bible Institute model, Stratton explained. The model was popularized by H. Boyce Taylor, pastor in Murray and founder of the Cooperative Program, and for more than 100 years was a mainstay of the KBC Pastors Conference, according to Stratton.
“A Bible Institute seeks to have various men preach on different biblical and doctrinal issues,”he explained, pointing to one example from 90 years ago found at baptisthistoryhomepage.com/ky.mercer.h-burg.bib.inst.html “These Institutes were once very common all across the state,” he said.


Like previous years, Stratton hopes this year’s conference with provide a great time of fellowship, encouragement and instruction for Kentucky Baptists.  “We have much to be thankful for, including all that God has done for us through Jesus as well as the great legacy our forefathers left us,” he said. “I pray pastors will go back to their churches and challenge their members to preserve our identity as Kentucky Baptists for future generations. “ (Western Recorder)

2015 KBC Pastors’ Conference Schedule

2015 Kentucky Baptist Convention
Pastors’ Conference Schedule
Monday, November 9, 2015
Theme: An Identity Worth Preserving
2:00 PM Welcome and Congregational Singing
2:10 PM Ron Noffsinger
3:00 PM Congregational Singing
3:05 PM Offering
3:10 PM Jeff Faggart
4:00 PM Congregational Singing
4:05 PM Pastors’ Conference Presidential Election
4:15 PM Adam Greenway 
5:00 PM Break for Supper
6:30 PM Call to Worship and Congregational Singing
6:40 PM Bailey Smith 
7:20 PM Congregational Singing
7:25 PM Offering
7:35 PM Moses Radford
8:15 PM Presentation by KBC Schools
8:20 PM Congregational Singing
8:30 PM Paige Patterson  

A Plea For Love ~ by J.B. Cranfill, Presented by D.J. Roush

J.B. Cranfill (1858-1942) was a Southern Baptist pastor, author, and editor in Texas. He republished many of B.H. Carroll’s sermons and served as the editor for Carroll’s “Interpretation of the English Bible.” Here Bro. David Roush reads a section from Cranfill’s 1906 book “Heart Talks.”  To watch Bro. Roush’s presentation go to: https://thebaptistheritage.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/a-plea-for-love-by-j-b-cranfill-presented-by-d-j-roush/

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KY Baptist History Online

Kentucky Baptist History, 1770-1922

By William D. Nowlin (Pastor in Hickman, Greenville & Owensboro, KY)

Great source of information on:

Whitsitt controversy on Baptist origins

Campbellite controversy on baptismal regeneration

Hardshell controversy on foreign missions

Read online at: http://mistyhamiltonsmith.com/kentucky-baptist-history-1770-1922-by-william-dudley-nowlin-1922/