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Difference Between Methodist and Baptist

christMethodist vs Baptist

Methodists and Baptists are both Christian faiths that have a lot of similarities but in many ways, also have different views and doctrines. Both Methodist and Baptist believe in God, the Bible and the works and teaching of Jesus who they accept as   Christ, the savior of humanity.

In essence, they both believe in baptism and communion as fundamental sacraments but it is also where their differences lie. Methodists allow the baptism of infants, youth, and adults. They are not discriminating about individuals’ age and mental maturity. They also allow different forms of baptism methods as they perform them with immersion, sprinkling, and pouring. For Methodists, communion is welcome to all.

Baptists, on the other hand, perform baptism only to confessing youth and adults. Baptism of infants is not practiced since they believe that it should only be administered to individuals who are capable of understanding the true meaning of the rite and also capable of understanding faith. Baptists also perform baptism strictly by immersion. They practice closed communion where the table is only open for baptized church members.

In terms of governance, the Methodists have bishops where they have an Episcopal organization. Bishops assign pastors to various congregations. However before the bishop takes that action, a consultation with the congregation takes place. Methodist congregations are also linked to one another. Baptists are more independent in terms of governance per congregation. They choose their own pastors.

Baptists maintain the doctrine of the ‘perseverance of saints’ where an expression of ‘once saved, always saved’ prevails. Baptists teach that once one is saved, that person cannot fall from grace which is completely in conflict with Methodists views. Methodists believe that it is the person’s choice to be saved and one can fall from grace by not following God therefore losing salvation.

Based on observation, Baptists tend to be stricter and largely fundamentalists. Their sole basis for faith is the Bible and they consider it infallible. Methodists are more loose and broader in their beliefs. Some can be fundamentalists while some are liberals. They consider their faith based on the Bible, reason, tradition, and personal experience.

Summary:

1. Methodists baptize infants while Baptists only baptizes adults and the youth capable of understanding faith.
2. Methodists perform baptism with immersion, sprinkling, and pouring while Baptists do their baptisms only with immersion.
3. Methodists practice open communion in which the rite is open to all while Baptists carry out closed communions.
4. Methodists have a system of Episcopal Hierarchy of governance while Baptists have congregational independence.
5. Methodists give the bishops the authority to assign pastors to congregations while with Baptists, the congregation choose its own pastor.
6. Methodists believe that it is the person’s choosing to be saved while Baptists maintain that once a person saved, the person is always saved and cannot fall from grace.
7. Methodists are generally less fundamental while Baptists are primarily fundamentalists.


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203 Comments

  1. It seem I have a lot to learn . I know for me I believe without a doubt that God is real and he sent His only son to die for my sins . This means I have already been forgiven it’s just up to me to accept that forgiveness. I will find the right fit for my beliefs this post as well as the comments have been very helpful.

    • Yes you are correct. The Bible teaches that if you believe In your heart and confess with your mouth you are saved. But you must accept Jesus sacrifice and accept him as lord of your life. that means commit to
      Living a life pleasing to him in accordance with bible. Usually best in bible teaching church.

  2. Less Religion, More Jesus!

    • Read ,the trail of blood, a church history. You right, more Jesus and less religion but you should know the history of the church you worship God.

  3. Very helpful praying about leaving the baptist church and joining the methodist
    Church
    Needed to know some of their beliefs
    Which are similar

    • I have being a christian since 1983,in the Baptist church and could tell you that Baptist and methodistsee are not the same,they very,very far off from each others. and not to be rude, any one who said they are semiliar ,you are mistaking they are not.By the way I am from independent fundamental Baptist church, we don’t believe what methodist believe.

    • Read,The trail of blood. a church history.

  4. Bring in the full tenth to my storehouse is that there may be food in my house,test me in this way says the lord of hosts ans see if I will not open up the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure. Malachi 3:10

  5. Salvation is a gift from God! I believe if you are truly saved and have excepted that gift, God is not going to take it back. It is a gift! More Jesus and less religion!

  6. excellent article BUT it will not let me forward a copy. HELP – address above.

  7. Not much different between Presbyterian Methodist and Baptist

    • Read ,the trail of blood. a church history

    • There is big differences between Presbyterian and Baptist and I’m speaking of Baptist that goes by the Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist, that states ALL can be saved.
      The Presbyterian belief system is in predestination. That a believer was chosen by God to be saved. A Baptist of the Faith and Message believes that anyone and ALL can be saved if that person calls on Jesus to be saved, confesses of his sins and believes And at that moment you are filled with Holy Spirit.

  8. The closed communion is false in the Baptist realm. Every Baptist communion I have gone to was open.

    • baptist churches don’t ask if you are baptized, rather they base it off honor. they tell us to only partake if we have been baptized, but they rely on us to be honest.

    • Communion in a Baptist Church is open to any believer. It’s not open to one who hasn’t accepted Jesus as his Savior

  9. Baptists are geneally 3 point Calvinists. Many have open communion. Communion has no “real presence” issues or transubstantion issues. It is strictly symbolic no in

  10. I feel like denominations is just a label all that matters is you believe in god and Jesus died for your sins and your saved by the grace of god and he lives in your heart

  11. Yes, me too!

  12. While some Baptists hold to “closed” communion, the majority hold to “close” communion, meaning that any believer who has been baptized (and not living in known, unconfessed sin) is welcome to participate. Membership in that particular church is usually not necessary.

  13. In my Baptist church, baptism is open to all that have accepted Jesus as their Savior, and it is an open public profession of faith. Communion is open,to all the accepted Jesus as their savior. Those that have not accepted Jesus as their Savior, are asked to not partake in the taking of the cracker (body) and juice (blood).

  14. We recently started attending United Methodist and my husband was bapitesd. I felt I wasn’t there yet and didn’t join him. What is wrong with me? I was Head Usher for awhile but withdrew since no one ever responded or offered to help. Still on the Worship Committee but I keep wondering why?

    • Give yourself some time. You may just be a little confused or intimidated by the change. Concentrate on the Lord, who is the real reason you are there. Don’t feel rushed, and please believe that you deserve God’s love. He’s in no hurry to see you baptised, He just wants to be close to you.

  15. Not all baptist believes in perseverance of the saints. Some believes in the preservation of saints. Eternal security does not lie in the persevering works of a Christian but rather lies in the promises of God the moment you received Christ as your Lord and Savior. Good works will determine our reward and blessings but it will never determine our salvation.

  16. Many who profess a religion and conform to laws have not understood that we are saved by the work of the cross and not by works. To confess your sins and repent and believe through faith that you are saved by grace. Ephesians 2:8-9

  17. The most important thing to me is is this church a Bible believing church? Does the pastor preach the whole Bible. If they don’t then I believe they will be blazing a trail straight to hell.

    The Bible is not some dusty old book written by so 40 old guys over a 4000 year period. It is the word of God, the Truth and the Light unto our lives. Without it there is no truth, and no viable doctrine.

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