Class Notes

The Campbellite movement grew out the Baptist theology. Though Alexander Campbell began as a Presbyterian he saw more similarity with the Baptists, especially as Douglas Foster pointed out here, “commitment to the Scripture; the emphasis at the local church and rejection of hierarchical structures; the practice of believers’ immersion.” However, Baptist leaders soon saw too many differences with Campbells teaching that they rejected his reformed gospel, especially no salvation without baptism, that baptism brought remission of sins and creeds were not necessary, only the scriptures. These beliefs created hostility between the two movements and led to a separation.

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