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  1. Nathan
    April 2, 2015

    Some type errors in this article “compromise churches” should be “comprise churches” and “instant baptism” should be “infant baptism.” “Unbaptize” should be “baptize. A large difference not mentioned here: the Presbyterian church is heavily influenced by the doctrinal teachings of John Calvin, which emphasizes the idea of predestination, while the Baptists of today are primarily “…motivated by an Arminian theology that stresses free will, and have emphasized evangelism and discipleship.” (http://www.abc-usa.org/what_we_believe/our-history/)

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    • Karni
      September 26, 2016

      I believe you have these reversed.. Baptist was based on calvin and presbyterian is based on Armenias.

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      • Joseph
        March 14, 2017

        Karni, You have the information incorrect. I am a Presbyterian scholar and our religion and denomination is Calvinistic and started by John Calvin and John Knox from Scotland. The Baptist religion is not normally Calvinistic.

        I have found that this article is not that accurate. Outside of government and baptism there are many other things that are different between the two. The Presbyterian church is Reformed and came out from the Roman Catholic church..the Baptists did not . Our belief in Holy Communion is different as we do not believe its a mere memorial but actually the real presence of Christ in the elements spiritually. Our worship is very different. We are also a denomination that follows old ancient creeds as well as modern ones..the Baptist do not. We can be considered liturgical depending on the church and parish, the baptist are not. Not all Presbyterians are evangelical the Baptist are..and the list goes on and on.

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      • Maryann
        December 29, 2018

        I really appreciate you spelling out some of the actual differences in such a conscise manner. Being a Baptist, which is a 5 point Calvinist, I find it harder and harder to find Baptist Churches that align with what I believe. I listen to Sermon Audio daily and there are many Presbyterian preachers whom are interesting so I have thought maybe I should see if there are churches in that faith, in my area, until I read your response. Since I have very strong, adverse feelings, towards the Catholic Church and so much of what it teaches it forever deleted that thought from my head. Thanks so much for making it clear!

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    • Bob Harrison
      August 17, 2019

      Nathan, you are correct, The biggest difference between Baptists and Presbyterians, is that:

      Baptist follow the Arminian theology of “Free Will” and the doctrine of “Once Saved always Saved” one cannot fall from grace. “Arminianism: Christ died for everyone. The Savior’s atoning death provided the means of salvation for the entire human race.”

      Presbyterians believe in and follow the doctrine of Predestination, based on the Calvinist teachings of John Calvin. “Calvinism: Jesus Christ died to save only those who were given to him (elected) by the Father in eternity past. “

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  2. Bananaman
    November 28, 2015

    Bananas are tasty

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    • Judge Dred
      October 29, 2016

      Fags are trash.

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      • e-man
        November 5, 2016

        You seem to be a low info douchebag.

        Southern right wing nutjob? (rhetorical)

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  3. Emmanuel
    November 2, 2016

    On the question of baptism, C H Spurgeon has pointed out : Baptized or un-baptized unless you believe in Jesus Christ as your saviour mere sprinkling of water is of no avail. As the sinner on the cross who was not baptized yet gained paradise.

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  4. James McLain
    December 24, 2017

    The argument about the NEED for Baptism seems to always go back to the thief on the cross as proof that Baptism is optional. For some reason, everyone ignores that Jesus did not say that the thief would be with Him in Heaven and overlook the scripture that three days later He told Mary not to touch Him and that He had not yet ascended to His Father. If Jesus had not yet ascended to the Father, and the Father is in Heaven, the Paradise that Jesus told the thief they would be together in was not Heaven. So, while the thief was in a very very good place, this is not the argument for not needing Baptism.
    The truth that it is belief in Christ that results in Salvation seems to make another point that Baptism is not required for Salvation. I think it is important to realize that Baptism is a step you personally take in Salvation, a compliance with the repeated scriptures that call for the Apostles to convert and BAPTIZE with the baptism of Jesus instead of the baptism of John.
    Tying this to the other hot potato of “once saved, always saved” which requires the addition of “if saved” is unavoidable. Passionate moments that do not result in life change or repentance past that day or church attendance or Bible study or anything else to call your own attention to your new found faith is difficult to describe as true conversion. While Baptism is not a part of Jesus’s offer, or even a requirement for belief, it is an act of obedience, the first act of obedience, that shows a personal commitment to being a follower. I am not at all sure how a refusal to follow a profession of faith by getting Baptized can reflect anything but apathy towards the desire of our Savior.

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  5. lr
    May 5, 2018

    Great idea for website, but there are so many grammatical, typographical, and even logical errors in this particular article. It hasn’t been edited since 2014 so maybe the site has been abandoned. If not, you should really check content.

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  6. James
    October 4, 2020

    The bottom line is that every person must in his or her own personal experience except or deny Jesus Christ. Any religion that believes you can sprinkle a baby and that seals them with salvation is false and should not be accepted as a valid religion.

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