The church that Jesus built is alive and well. It has never failed and never will fail (Mat.16:18). We have an eternal promise from our Lord that the perpetuity of this divine church would continue. It did not start on the day of Pentecost. Jesus built the first one during his own personal ministry in Jerusalem. On the day of Pentecost an existing assembly of one hundred and twenty (120) members were empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:15 – “And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty).”
Acts 2:1-4 – “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Yet, today we are seeing Baptist churches and pastors teaching the universal, invisible day of Pentecost theory of the church. Our early Baptist forefathers in the first century did not believe such apostate doctrine. The universal theory came from Rome and the invisible theory from the Protestants. Genuine Baptists do not believe either of those false theories. Baptists are not Protestants and never have been. Even the Catholics and Protestants admit to our existence. Listen to what they said:
Some Interesting Quotes
Zwingli, great Protestant Reformer: In the Sixteenth Century he wrote: “The institution of Ana-Baptism is no novelty, but for thirteen hundred years has caused great disturbance in the ‘church.’ ”
Mosheim, a great Lutheran Historian: “The first century was a history of the Baptists. Before the rise of Luther and Calvin there lay concealed in almost all countries of Europe persons who adhered tenaciously to the principles of the Dutch Baptists,”
“The true origin of that sect which acquired the name ‘Ana-Baptist,’ is hid in the remote depths of antiquity, and is consequently difficult to be ascertained.” ~ (Century Sixteen, part 2, chapter 30).
Alexander Campbell: “The Baptist denomination in all ages and all countries has been, as a body, the constant asserters of the rights of man and the liberty of conscience. They have often been persecuted by Pedobaptists; but they never politically persecuted, though they have had it in their power.” ~ (Alexander Campbell on Baptism, p. 409, editions 1851, 1853).
“Clouds of witnesses attest the fact, that before the reformation from popery, and from the apostolic age, to the present time, the sentiments of Baptists, and the practice of Baptism have had a continuous chain of advocates, and public monuments of their existence in every century can be produced .” ~ (Campbell – McCalla Debate, p. 378).
“The Baptists can trace their origin to apostolic times, and can produce unequivocal testimony of their existence in every century can be produced.” ~ (Campbell’s Debate with Walker).
Benjamin Franklin, a minister, “If popery were born too late, or it is too young, to be the true ‘church’ [assembly], what shall we say of those communions born in the past three centuries? They are all too young, by largely more than a thousand years. No ‘church’ [assembly] that has come into existence since the death of the apostles can be the ‘church’ [assembly] of the living God.”
John O. Ridpath, Methodist, Historian: “I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist ‘church’ [assembly] as far back as A.D. 100, though without doubt there were Baptists then, as all Christians were then Baptists.” ~ (Jarrell’s “Church Perpetuity,” p. 69).
Cardinal Hosius, a Catholic dignitary, spoke these words at the Council of Trent, A.D. 1554: “If the truth of a religion were to be judged by the readiness and cheerfulness which a man of any sect shows in suffering, then the opinions and persuasions of no sect can be truer or surer than those of the Ana-Baptists; since there have been none for these twelve hundred years past that have been more grievously punished.”
~ (Orchard’s History, p. 364.)