Why am I a Baptist? It is a question that I have addressed several times since I was brought to life by the Spirit of God, and it is one that has been brought up to me on several occasions by esteemed friends who were very much not Baptist in their denominational persuasion. One such friend, after having not spoken with him in several months, said in seeming amazement to me, “You are still Baptist? I had money on your being Presbyterian by now.” After extending to him my regrets for having lost for him a sum of money, I assured him that those same convictions that made me a Baptist before were the same convictions that kept me a Baptist at that time. And to this day, it is those very convictions that I held then that prohibit me from being anything but a Baptist.
You may ask of me the same questions that my Presbyterian, Dutch Reformed, etc. friends asked of me several years ago: What business does an amillennialist have in the Southern Baptist Convention? Why would someone who is so unshakably Reformed stay in a denomination that is so doctrinally diverse? Why would someone who is not diehard about baptism by immersion be in a denomination whose very name is derived from that doctrine? These are all questions that I have periodically posed to myself throughout the years whilst reevaluating my denominational affiliation and my supposed position as a doctrinal oddity in the Baptist denomination. Yet in spite of all these differences that I have with many Baptists, there are key doctrines that keep me in the denomination.