Jerry C. Brewer
There’s little, if any, difference between atheism and Baptist doctrine. Atheists deny that God exists and that Jesus is His only begotten Son. Baptists affirm that God exists and that Jesus is His only begotten Son, but they deny Jesus’ word. One may as well deny Jesus’ Deity as to deny His doctrine. To both atheists and Baptist theologians, Jesus says, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. Observe:
“Baptists believe that no one is a scriptural subject for baptism till he is already saved. All well-informed people know that we teach this: then upon what ground can they say we believe baptism is essential to salvation?” (J. G. Bow, What Baptists Believe and Why They Believe It, The Sunday School Board of The Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, Tenn., nd, pp. 36, 37).
“Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Jesus, the Son of God, Mark 16:15-16, The New Testament)