Testimony of Baptist Churches from John Quincy Adams

by Frank Jones


John Quincy Adams writes, "Baptists aim to restore the order of the primitive churches. They make no appeal to tradition, the Fathers, or expediency. They simply ask, 'What do the Scriptures teach?' They follow the New Testament model of a church, and invite all to test them by it. It is not strange, therefore, that they confidently appeal to God's Word for proof of the correctness of all they do. They take it all from the Bible, and therefore they know it can all be found there. Take any Scripture account of the course pursued by the apostles, or of the practice of gospel churches, and you will find the counterpart in a Baptist church." (quoted in Southern Baptist Identity, David S. Dockery, 45).