H. Boyce Taylor, Sr.


To my father and mother, who first taught me to love the Bible and the Baptists, this book is affectionately dedicated.



Bro. Taylor uses the name "BAPTISTS" throughout this book in its true historic sense. The Modernists of our day who cling to the name "BAPTIST," yet deny HIS WORD, are no more Baptists than many who cling to the name "CHRISTIAN" and have never been "born again" know nothing of the saving grace of our Lord. Take the word "Bishop" as used by most people today, one who has authority over a group of churches and preachers, is not the meaning of the word in the New Testament. The "Bishop" in the New Testament is the pastor of a local, individual church. I repeat, Bro. Taylor uses the name "BAPTISTS" in the historic sense.


"The man God sent to make ready a people out of whom the Lord Jesus organized His church was called by God Himself THE BAPTIST. "In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea" (Matthew 3:1). Mark you, he was not called the Baptist because he baptized. He was called the Baptist by the Lord before he ever baptized anybody, before he ever preached a sermon. He was called the Baptist because of the work God sent him to do. His mission was set forth in these words: "When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John" (John 4:1). His mission was the same kind of a mission that Baptists have always had. John was a Baptist because his mission was to make and baptize disciples."

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