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Difference Between Methodist and Baptist

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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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    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.

        • Yes they are very different.
          The Bible says No one can pluck you from Gods hand. Meaning once saved always saved. It also says God save any who believe and confess. You cannot save yourself or become lost.

          • But, why does it say in the Bible.. pray that you don’t fall in temptation? I understand that to mean any temptation. If I’m a Child of God and can’t loose my salvation why the warnings? What about Saul? Was he not a Child of God? Yes until his sin and God rejected him.
            I’m not a Theologin, but its how I understand it

            • If you were to be saved but then fell into deep sin again & turned & blasphemed against the spirit, murdering & committing adultery, I think believe you could fall from salvation but the Baptist would just say you were never truly saved so we could go round and round with this one.

        • Do you mind explaining the difference?

        • I have recently accepted jesus as my lord and savior.The Brooklyn tabernacle is where I worship. I’m learning about the bible.And I have to say that our pastor only teaches from the bible. No man can add or take away from it. The denominations are man’s interpretations and opinions. If it’s not in the bible,then it’s not the word of God.

        • Brother we are very similar only with slight differences I am a Methodist who was actually brought to salvation by Baptists.

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

      • So sorry, but there seems to be misinformation on this site. The only differences is we don’t baptist the infants because they have no knowledge of the Savior and must have this and acceptance as well to be baptized. Baptism is a symbolic gesture to the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist just as communion is to the blood and body of Christ Jesus. Communion is not a closed off event it is offered to all who care to attend and so do as many times in remembrance of Him. And though Baptist select their pastors they are all connected by the Southern Baptist Commission.

        • I was raised southern Baptist in Illinois & have encountered American Baptists, General Baptists, Independent Baptists & several other Baptist sects (sect just means a different religious identification, FYI). My dad was raised Methodist but converted to marry mother & many years later was ordained a deacon. I have seen some considerable differences among these sects with southern Baptist being the strictest & most conservative. Also as far as communion, I’ve never been in any Baptist church where EVERYONE regardless of age, belief, state of grace, religious affiliation was invited or welcomed to partake. Everything else in a service, yes. But not that. Again, I’m sure there’s variation from church to church & region to region. Remember: only the Catholic Church has every church do things the same everywhere—Catholic actually means ‘universal.’

          Just my experience.

        • Child should be dedicated to the Lord, not to baptize.

      • Deb. Read the Bible for yourself. Ask the Lord Jesus to open your understanding. It will require time and committment on your part.

      • I am a Methodist confirmed baptized member, though I was brought to salvation by Baptist while in a county jail. I love both denominations. I believe they are as close of denominations as there is to the early church of acts. You can’t go wrong with either. I tend toward the non judgemental acceptance of all that the Methodist Church has shown me & I like how we call all to the table of communion because it’s not for us to restrict anyone from the calling that Jesus instructed us to do.

        • The Baptist church I’m in and several I’ve visited, have ALL had open communions welcoming everyone and not a select few as this article indicates

      • May I ask why you are considering this move when the Methodist theology plays things a “little loose” with correct interpretation of Scripture?

        Example; where in the Bible does it state that babies are to be baptized? Of all the examples of baptism in the Bible including our Lord, you will not find one where any were sprinkled, or poured, they were full immersion baptisms and all were old enough to know what they were professing.

        As Christians, we know the Bible was written by men under the Divine direction of the Holy Spirit therefore we believe the Bible to be God’s words to us right? In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he discusses the hierarchy of the church, the positions, and whose to fill what roles. The main role of teacher, (Pastor), is to be held by a man, NOT a woman as many organizations use these days contrary to God’s word. Women are not to teach men and that’s according to God, not me, Paul, or Timothy.

        If you’d like to talk I am available and can help. I’ve nothing personal against the Methodists, I’m approaching this from a purely doctrinal standpoint and what the Word of God says.

    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.

        • Unfortunately there is a movement within the Southern Baptist denomination that embraces many Calvinist doctrines. The false interpretation of “being chosen by God” is quickly spreading through Baptist churches. My son came home from a baptist conference and proclaimed to be a ‘reformed baptist’. This false narrative rejects the notion that all people are chosen by God and Christ died for all people. Whether the intent is true or not, impressionable youths and young adults perceive being ‘chosen’much like Jehovahs Witnesses and Jewish Orthodox. If we are chosen without freewill to accept Christs free gift the Adam and Eve could not have freely chosen to sin either. Point muted. Forget the PHD Theologians who peddle this nonsense to our youth and young adults. Eternal life is a free gift freely given by Christs suffering and blood on the Cross. NOT predestined!

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

    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

      • Jamie well said , I believe you are exactly right , & I’m a Methodist but I love interacting & connecting with other denominations and I love non-denominational Christian Churches.

    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.

      • Ginny. The question is, “Do you WANT the Lord Jesus to wash all of your sins, to come and live in you, and to begin a new life with Him?” You personally have neither the desire, nor the ability to live the life He wants you to live.
        “He came to His own, and those who were His own did not received Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born not of blood, not of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1
        When Christ comes to live in you, His presence in you makes you a new person. You find yourself with a new attitude, new desires, new actions. The Lord Jesus told Nicodemus, “Truly, truly I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3
        “and the one who comes to Me, I will certainly not cast out.” John 6

      • “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, but in all thy ways acknowledge him and he will direct thy path.” Proverbs 3:5-6

        Trust that the Spirit may be showing you that there is a Method(ist) to their madness. They are essentially a cult based on works rather than grace… thus the fear of loosing your salvation keeping the congregation in step with their hierarchy. Another bunch of Jehovas’ Witnesses that control their congregations!

        • That is not true bedrock I’m a Methodist & our first and foremost teaching is the grace & love of the Lord Jesus Christ & faith first , then works , we believe in being doers of the word not just hearers- James 1:22 & if you truly have faith then you will do the works, faith without works is dead James 2:17&18 but it is not by your works you are saved. A lot of haters see what good the Methodist Church does out there in the streets & in the prisons & feel inadequate because they are not doing what Jesus commanded them and start making stuff up. That’s alright just educate yourself & start doing what Jesus commanded one step at a time starting with faith and confessing Him savior & Lord of your life , then continuing in works & love ♥️✌️

      • Believe me, I can sympathize with how you can get “confused” in some church settings. I’m a saved believer but our Baptist church went through some changes with a Pastor that wanted to “do his own thing”. I was the Children ministry Committee president. I resigned because I recognized in several situations where he used me to do his dirty work. We ended up leaving the church but I always wondered how many people he confused and turned away from the church.
        Bottom line, YOU are the church. Keep your focus on Jesus. Don’t look at what other people are doing. Concentrate on Jesus, study and plug into where he is working. You will find Him there.

        • Another difference is that Methodist churches allow female ministers, Baptists do not, and I also understand that, depending on the church, they may limit womens’ leadership in other areas, too. Baptist churches also differ from place to place in how they regard divorced people taking communion or serving in the church as well-some will take the circumstances of tne divorce more into consideration,or whether the person had received Christ at the time of the divorce. I don’t think Methodists care one way or another, but I could be wrong, given the current schism in the UMC.

    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.

    18. Per the Baptist belief once saved, always saved. I would like Baptists to explain this concept using the following scenario.
      A man becomes saved, and then later commits a mass shooting, killing dozens. He has no worries about his soul because he is a Baptist and believes himself to be saved, even after committing this heinous act. Is he still bound for heaven?
      Please elaborate – Thank you.

    19. If you wish to know what Baptist’s believe look up the Baptist distinctives:
      Biblical Authority
      Autonomy of the Local Church
      Priesthood of the Believer
      Two Ordinances – Baptism by immersion after profession of faith and repentance of sins; and the Lord’s Supper, which is for those who are born again. The Bible says that it is not for the lost.
      Individual Soul Liberty
      Saved, Baptized Church Membership
      Two Offices
      Separation of Church and State

      This is what actual independent Baptist’s believe in some form or another. We are not Protestants. We are not calvinists. many of us do not believe a person must be a Baptist to go to heaven. To go to heaven you must repent of your sins and trust in Jesus. We simply believe we follow and obey Jesus in a scriptural manner, such as the apostles did.

    20. I’m a Methodist who hasn’t been to church in over 35 years. I’m a semi retired licensed HVAC technician and current factory maintenance man. I’m a middle aged white guy working at a all black Baptist church, the only white person there. My motifs have less to do with religion and more to do with helping people out that no one else will. Also without charging large sums of money and being 100% truthful, loyal, honest, respectful at all times. The truth is my love of Blues, Rock & Roll, R&B, Soul, Funk music as well as my Military background drive me to do it. You can do and say whatever you want on Sunday. Are you the one donating your free time, knowledge, training, tools, equipment, blood, sweat and tears for the good of mankind? I already know the answer to that question. Jesus saves everybody..USSOCOM saves those who deserve it the most. Without your soul efforts nothing gets done. I didn’t hear the prayers for help. I saw the carnage of a building falling out of repair with lack of funds to fix it. Who else would do it and do it the right way without significant financial gain? The answer was no one but me. But that doesn’t end the help. I’m starting to get the vibe they want someone armed in the building that knows what they are doing to help secure it during services as well. Also possibly a guitarist to perform or play music. I’m down for both of the above if needed too. One man’s talents and skills used to help worship God and Jesus. Their prayers were answered in a roundabout way. Does it really matter? Negative Ghost Rider! Everybody Needs Somebody To Love! The only easy day was yesterday!

    21. I was wondering if you follow CDC guidelines? If you do, should I apply to attend a Sunday service should space be available?

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