Beloved, was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Jude 1:3

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The Primitive or Old School Baptists are a small but zealous group of Christians who desire to honor God for his sovereignty in sending Jesus Christ to save us from our sins. We also desire to honor God by keeping the simplicity of congregational worship instituted by Jesus Christ and the apostles.

If you attend a Primitive Baptist Church you will find the members there to be warm and friendly and their love for one another to be evident. You will hear them refer to each other as Brother or Sister followed by their given name. We do so because of the closeness we feel to one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord.

If you happen to come on a day when lunch is being served, please stay and enjoy a meal with us we always bring more than enough.

From Webster's Dictionary
Etymology: Middle English primitif, from Latin primitivus first formed, from primitiae first fruits, from primus first
1 a : not derived : ORIGINAL, PRIMARY
2 a : of or relating to the earliest age or period :  <the primitive church>

1 : one that baptizes
2 capitalized : a member or adherent of an evangelical denomination marked by congregational polity and baptism by immersion of believers only


Primitive means 'original' and in doctrine and practice, the Primitive Baptists are identical to the original English and Welsh Baptists who immigrated to colonial America. More importantly, the Primitive Baptists are identical to the primitive or first century church in doctrine and practice.
Primitive Baptists are united by a strong desire to adhere to "Thus saith the Lord", refusing man made additions and auxiliaries to the church, we maintain a simple form of worship and rejoice in the truth of God's sovereignty in saving lost sinners.

The name 'Primitive' was adopted after a disagreement arose in the 1820's and 1830's over the use of Missionary Societies, Sunday Schools and Theological Seminaries, which were first introduced to the United States about 1800. Up till that time, all the Baptist churches (with the exception of a few general atonement Baptist churches) were identical in faith and practice.

Eventually, certain churches began to resist the introduction of the Missionary Societies, Sunday Schools and Theological Seminaries on the grounds that they were unscriptural innovations and there was no Biblical authority to authorize their use.  (See The Kehukee Declaration and The Black Rock Address) They believed that God, through the Holy Spirit, directs his ministers where to evangelize not a missionary board. They believed that it is the responsibility of parents to instruct their children in the Christian faith, not others. They believed that the scriptural pattern was for young ministers to apprentice or train under elder ministers, not in a seminary. These Baptists were of the Old School in faith and practice and became known as the Primitive Baptists. The churches which adopted the use of Missionary Societies, Sunday Schools and Theological Seminaries were of the New School and became known as Missionary Baptists. The largest denomination of Missionary Baptists today is the Southern Baptist Convention.

Originally, most of the New School churches were sound on the doctrine of God's Sovereignty in the salvation of sinners. However, practice affects doctrine and vice versa and they soon lost that important truth and became Arminian (belief in the General Atonement). The Primitive Baptists understood this as a vindication against the New School practices and regard Arminianism as an even worse departure from the truth than the Missionary Societies, Sunday Schools and Theological Seminaries they originally stood against.

Primitive Baptists believe there are true believers in the other Christian denominations, however, it is our firm conviction that those believers who are seeking the truth, should return to the place where the truth never ceased to be taught, the Primitive Baptists.

Elder James Taylor





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