That Jesus has a church on earth is a fact that needs no proof to anyone who knows anything about the Bible. But there are so many different kinds of organizations that claim to be His Church that it is now necessary for us to study carefully, and diligently compare them all with the Bible in order to know for sure just which organization is His church. And, it is certainly important, both for the present life, and for the great hereafter, for every saved person to know just which is the right church, and be a member of it.

Now, just what is a church? No better definition can be given than this... “A Church is a congregation of Christ’s Baptized Disciples, associated and united together in the fellowship and belief of the gospel, and covenanting together to carry our Christ’s commands, observe His ordinances as He delivered them; and to spread the knowledge of Christ and His will in all the world.



Jesus said He would build His Church . . . Matthew 16:18.

It was prophesied that He would build it . . . Zechariah 6:12 - 13.

It cannot be emphasized too strongly that Jesus did build, or organize His church, personally. He did not leave it for some other man to do it for Him. Some denominations teach that there was a church in Abraham’s day, in the Old Testament times. Others claim that the church began on the day of Pentecost. Both of these theories are wrong, if Jesus built His church Himself.

There are many Bible facts that prove that there was a church in existence before the day of Pentecost. Some of these are as follows:


1) They had the Gospel before Pentecost. Mark 1:1.

2) They had a commission to preach before Pentecost. Matthew 10:5-7.

3) They had the keys to the kingdom of Heaven, and they were given to His Church, Matt. 16:18-19.

4) They had Authority to baptize. Matt. 28:18-20.

5) They had baptized believers, Matt. 3:5-6; John 4:1.

6) They had an ordained ministry before Pentecost. Mark. 3:14.

7) They had a church roll of 120 members, Acts 1:15.

8) About 3000 were added to this church roll on the day of Pentecost, Acts 2:4 1.

9) They had the Commission before Pentecost, Matt. 28: 18-20.

10) They had a prayer meeting before the day of Pentecost. Acts 1:13-15.

11) They had a business meeting, too. Acts 1:23-26.

12) They had a church treasurer before Pentecost, (Judas Iscariot). John 13:29.

13) They observed the Lord’s Supper before the day of Pentecost, Matthew 26:26-30.

14) Jesus sang in His church. Psa. 22:22; Heb. 2:12. The only time that Jesus ever sang is recorded in Matt. 26:30. This was when He instituted the Lord’s Supper, and was before Pentecost, therefore there had to be a church then.

15) They had instruction in Church Discipline before Pentecost, Matthew 18:15-17.

16) The Apostles were set in the church before Pentecost, I Cor. 12:28. This was done as recorded in Luke 6:12-13.


The last fact stated above shows us the exact time in the personal ministry of Jesus when He organized His church. He organized it with the 12 Apostles. They were the first ones set (or placed) in the church. Jesus went up into the mountain and spent the night in prayer to God. The next morning He called all His disciples together, and out of the great group He chose twelve, and named them Apostles, and thus He started His church. Paul says that the Apostles were the foundation of it, Eph. 2:20.


So the exact time when the Lord first started His church was when He ordained the twelve Apostles.




John 1:6- “There was a man sent from God whose name was John. This shows that this person was a Missionary, because he was sent from God. Anyone sent is on a mission, and therefore is a missionary.


Luke 1:17- John was sent to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.


Matthew 3:1 - “In those days came John the Baptist preaching.” This shows that he was THE BAPTIST, the only one in existence at that time. He was also a preacher, for he was preaching at that time. Put all these facts together and you have a God-sent Missionary Baptist Preacher, who was to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

John preached to the people REPENT, and he baptized all who brought forth fruit meet for repentance (or who gave evidence that they had repented). Among those baptized by that Missionary Baptist Preacher was the Lord Jesus Christ.



Jesus was a Baptist because He was baptized by a Baptist Preacher. Jesus walked nearly 60 miles to get John, THE Missionary Baptist preacher to baptize Him. The reason for this was that John was the only one on at that time who had the authority from Heaven to baptize.


Jesus was also a Missionary, because He was sent from God, John 3:17. Jesus was a Preacher too, Matt. 4:17.


All of the Apostles were baptized by John the Baptist, too, Acts 1:21-22. Jesus, who had been baptized by the Missionary Baptist preacher, took the Apostles, who also had been baptized by a Missionary Baptist Preacher, and organized them into a church. His Church. What else could it have been but a Missionary Baptist Church?


If a Methodist preacher held a meeting and 50 people professed to be saved and were sprinkled by him, and after he left another Methodist preacher came into the community and organized them into a church, it would quite naturally be a Methodist church.


The same principle would hold true concerning the Lord’s Church, making it a Missionary Baptist Church.


Concerning John the Baptist, many claim that ‘the Baptist’ was only a part of his name, but not so. “His name is John.” Luke 1:63. John was his name, Baptist was his religion, and Preaching was his business.


Some claim that he was called The Baptist because he baptized. But not so, for he was called The Baptist before he ever baptized anyone, Matthew 3:1, 5-6. God called him the Baptist, not man. He baptized people because he was the Baptist, and had authority from heaven to baptize.


Judas, though not saved, was one of the charter members of the Lord’s church. After he betrayed Jesus he hanged himself. He fell from the apostleship. He did not fall from grace, for he never was in grace. He fell from the apostleship and from church membership. After his death it became necessary for the church to elect someone to fill his place in the apostleship, and Simon Peter said it was needful for them to elect someone to the place who had been with them from the baptism of John the Baptist. This shows that the Lord organized His church out of the material prepared by John, the Baptist preacher. See this set forth in Acts



Baptists are the only people that claim that their church began in the days of the personal ministry of Jesus, therefore they are the only ones who really claim to have been organized by Jesus. The title, therefore, goes to them, for, if for no other reason, they are the only ones to claim it.


To illustrate, if a watch is lost, and I am the only one to claim it, and everyone else admits it is not theirs, and I claim it and identify it, then the watch would rightfully be turned over to me as mine. The same thing holds true in identifying the Lord’s church today.


There are four factors concerning the origin of the Lord’s church that any organization must measure up to in order to qualify as the Lord’s church. They are as follows . . . It had to be started at the RIGHT TIME, in the RIGHT PLACE, by the RIGHT PERSON, and from the RIGHT KIND OF PEOPLE.

1.     The Right Time - during the personal ministry of Jesus.

2.     The Right Place - in Jerusalem, or Palestine.

3.     The Right Person - the Lord Jesus, personally.

4.     The Right Kind of People - Regenerated Jews.


Missionary Baptists are the only ones who can meet those requirements. All other denominations fail to meet them.


The Catholic Church had its beginning about the year 530 A. D. with Gregory the Great as the first Pope. It was started in Rome, Italy, out of Gentiles, mainly Italians and Spanish people. History shows that Gregory the Great was the first of the proper Popes. Thus the Catholic Church fails to meet the requirements as to origin.

The Lutheran Church had its beginning about the year 1525 and was begun by Martin Luther in Germany. Luther had been a Catholic monk, but protested against many of the evils of Catholicism, and was forced out of the fellowship of the Catholic Church. Thus, he started the Lutheran church.


The Episcopal Church (Church of England) was founded by Henry VIII, King of England, Nov. 23, 1524, in England, and was begun with English people, not Jews. It was started because the Pope wouldn’t let Henry divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon, and marry young Anne Boleyn. Henry broke with the Catholic Church, and had Parliament declare himself as head of the church in England. Thus the Episcopal Church fails in the test.


The Presbyterian Church was begun about the year 1536. It had its beginnings in England, Scotland, and Western Europe, under the leadership of John Calvin and John Knox. Its first members were Gentiles, not Jews. And so it, too, fails to qualify in the fourfold test.


The Congregational Church had its beginning in England, about the year 1580, under the leadership of Robert Brown, an Episcopal clergyman. It, too, was started with English people, and not regenerated Jews.


The Methodist Church had its origin about the year 1740, under the preaching of John & Charles Wesley, his brother. George Whitefield also played an important part in its beginning. Methodism first started in England, then in Scotland, and from there it spread to America. It came out of the Episcopal Church, the Wesleys and Whitefleld being Episcopal preachers. Its original members were all Gentiles, not Jews.


The Christian Church, and the Church of Christ, known as Campbellites, were started by Alexander Campbell, in Pennsylvania, America, not in Palestine. The origin of Campbellite churches is placed at 1827 A.D. Thomas Campbell, the father of Alexander Campbell, first started preaching the doctrines that resulted in the Campbellite Church. Thomas and Alexander were both Presbyterian preachers and they quit the Presbyterians over the mode of baptism, and joined up with the Baptists. But a year later they withdrew their church from the Baptist Association before they could be excluded for heresy, and they became a separate denomination. The movement was first called Disciples, then The Christian Church, and then there was a split over the name and instrumental music, and so we have today both the Christian church and Church of Christ, both of them Campbellites.


The Mormon Church was started by Joseph Smith in America, in 1833. Brigham Young was a leading organizer.


The Christian Science was begun in 1886, in Boston Massachusetts. It was founded by Mary Baker Eddy, an American WOMAN, not the Lord Jesus Christ.


The Cumberland Presbyterians were started in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. It was organized in the “Old Log House” the home of Samuel McAdow, in Dickson County, Tennessee, Feb. 4, 1810. The founders of the church were Finis Ewing, Samuel King, and Samuel McAdow.


Seventh-day Adventists began about 1840 as a result of the teachings of William Miller, in New York State. (Mrs.) Ellen G. White did much to advance their doctrines, and considered one of the founders of the sect.


The Russellites, who call themselves “Jehovah Witnesses” and known as Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, and International Bible Students Association, were started in 1880 by Charles T. Russell. After his death in 1916 he was followed by Judge J. F. Rutherford, who never was a judge in any court.


The Hardshell Baptists split off from Missionary Baptists in 1832 as a result of the teachings of Daniel Parker.


The Free-will Baptists began in 1780, in North America, a division from Missionary Baptists. Neither the Hardshells nor the Free-wills can rightly call themselves Baptists for they left Baptist doctrines and practice.




Link One. The Baptist Church at Dyer, Tennessee, was organized by J.W. Jetter, who came there from the Philadelphia Association


Link Two. H. Roller came to the Philadelphia Association from the Hillcliff Church in Wales, England. See Minutes of the Philadelphia Association, book 1, item 1.


Link Three. The Hillcliff Church was organized by Aaron Arlington, A.D. 967. See Alex Munstons “History of the Alps,” page 39


Link Four. Lima Piedmont Church ordained Aaron Arlington in 940 A.D. See Jones Church History, page 324.


Link Five. Lima Piedmont Church was organized by Balcalao, A.D. 812. See Neanders Church History, vol.2, page 320.


Link Six. Balcalao came from Timto Church in Asia Minor. See Neanders Church History, vol. 2, page 320.


Link Seven. Timto church was organized by Archer Flavin, A.D. 738. See Mosheims Church History, vol. 1, page 394.


Link Eight. Archer Flavin came from Darathea Church, which was organized by Adromicus, A.D. 671 in Asia Minor. Lambert’s Church History, page 47.


Link Nine. Adromicus came from Pontifossi, at the foot of the Alps, in France, Lambert’s Church History, Page 47.


Link Ten. Pontifossi Church was organized by Telestman, from Turan, Italy, A.D. 393. See Nowlins Church History, volume 2, page 318.


Link Eleven. Turan Church was organized by Tertullan from Bing Joy, Africa, A.D. 237. Armitage’s Church History, page 182.


Link Twelve. Tertullan was a member of the Partus Church at the foot of the Tiber, which was organized by Polycarp, A.D. 150. See Cyrus’s Commentary Of Antiquity, page 924.


Link Thirteen. Polycarp was baptized by John, the Beloved, or Revelator, on December 25, A.D. 95. See Neanders Church History, page 285.


Link Fourteen. John was with Jesus on the mount when He organized His Church. Mark 3:13-14; Luke 6: 12-13.


Alexander Campbell, the founder of the Campbellite church said “From the Apostolic age to the present time, the sentiments of Baptists have had a continued chain of advocates, and public monuments of their existence in every century can be produced.” (McCalla-Campbell Debate on Baptism, Page 378, 379)


John Clark Ridpath, Methodist, author of Ridpaths History of the World, said “I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist Church as far back as A.D. 100, though without doubt there were Baptists then, as all Christians were then Baptists.


There is a historical book entitled ‘Crossing the Centuries’ edited by W.C. King, and having as associate editors such men as former president Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, David Starr Jordan, Lyman Abbot, and a number of presidents and professors of leading universities. About the Baptists it says “Of the Baptists it may be said that they are not Reformers. These people, comprising bodies of Christian believers known under various names in different countries, are entirely distinct and independent from the Roman and Greek Churches, and have an unbroken continuity from Apostolic days down through the centuries. Throughout this long period they were bitterly persecuted for heresy, driven from country to country, disfranchised, deprived of their property, imprisoned, tortured, and slain by the thousands, yet they swerved not from their New Testament Faith, Doctrine and Adherence.


J.J. Dermount and Dr. Ypeij, Dutch historians of the Dutch Reformed Church said “The Baptists may be considered as the only Christian community which has stood since the days of the Apostles, and as a Christian Society which has preserved pure the doctrine of the Gospel in all ages.”


These historical facts are enough to show that Baptists Churches are the kind of Churches that Jesus set up while He was here on earth. No other denomination on earth has a history like this.


By a study of the Old Testament of the times of David and Solomon it will be found that David prepared the material for the Temple that Solomon was to build. Later Solomon built the Temple. He put it together. Then, after His dedicatory prayer, the Glory of the Lord filled it.




John the Baptist prepared the material for the Church.

And this was all Baptist material, for he baptized them.

Jesus took the material and organized His Church.

His dedicatory prayer is found in John, chapter 17.

On the day of Pentecost the church was baptized in the Holy Spirit, like the Temple was filled with the Glory of the Lord.


The church that Jesus built is a LOCAL and VISIBLE organization. By this is meant that each Baptist church is a complete church within itself. It does not take all the Baptist churches in the world to make THE Baptist Church. In fact there is no such thing as THE BAPTIST CHURCH in the sense that it takes all the little churches to make the BIG church. Christ’s church is local, complete in each locality. Scriptural proof of this is seen in the fact that the churches of the New Testament were local, that is “the church at Corinth”, “the church at Rome”, “the churches (plural) of Asia,”“the church at Ephesus.” The Catholics, and many Protestants, hold to the UNIVERSAL idea that all the smaller local bodies make up the Universal church. This idea is wrong.


Many people hold to the idea of an INVISIBLE church. By this is meant that the TRUE church (in their language) is composed of all the saved people of all ages, whether they ever belonged to a visible church or not. That this is wrong is evident, for Christ does not have TWO kinds of churches. If the Local, Visible church is scriptural, then the Universal, invisible church is not. If the universal, invisible church idea is right, then it is unscriptural and wrong to have local, visible churches. “There is ONE body” Eph. 4:4, (which refers to the church) and people are baptized into this body under the leadership of the Holy Spirit. I Cor. 12:13. People are not born into the church, but are baptized into it.


So many people make a mistake about the Family of God, the Kingdom of God, and the Church of God. This is why the universal, invisible church idea is believed. The three are not the same, but are vastly different.

The FAMILY of God consists of all the saved, of all ages, either on earth or in heaven. They are all who have been born again, born into the family of God, Ephesians 3:15. Everyone who is saved is a member of God’s Family, regardless of what kind of a church they may be a member of, or whether they belong to any kind of a church or not.


The KINGDOM of God at the present time consists of all who profess to be saved, all who claim to be Christian, ON earth at one time. Thus both good and bad are in it, and will be until the end of the age. The Kingdom in the future will be the millennial reign of Christ.


The CHURCH of God is a local congregation of Baptized Believers, a local Missionary Baptist Church. People are baptized into the church (1 Cor. 12:13), are received into the church by the church (Rom. 14:1; 16:1-2), and they join themselves to the church voluntarily (Acts 5:13). But no one is baptized into either the family of God, nor into the Kingdom of God.



Each church is a self-governing body. There is no man, nor group of men, who has a right to tell a church what to do, or what not to. So far as men are concerned each church decides for itself what, how and when it shall do any certain thing. No board, committee, bishop, association, presbytery, or conference has any authority over a New Testament Church.


Through Divine Guidance, by prayer and interpretation of the Bible, each church is to find out from the Lord what it is to do, and when and how those things are to be done. Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church, and the Holy Spirit is the only Administrator of the church’s affairs, Ephesians 1:22-23; John 16:13-15; Acts 13:1-4.


Internally, the government of the church is democratic. No one is to be the boss, or dictator of the Church. But every member of the church is on equal footing with each other. One member has just as much authority as another. See Matt. 23: 8-12. This shows that we are not to recognize any man as our master, neither are we to seek to be master over anyone else. But all are brethren, equal in rank, privileges and opportunities.


In the governing of the church there are two kind of ordained officers.

(1) PASTOR. This office also carries the title Bishop, Elder, Overseer. He is the Under-shepherd, that is, Shepherd of the flock under the authority of Christ, who is the Chief Shepherd. Acts 20:28; I Peter 5:1-4. Being shepherd of the flock he is the only God appointed leader to any church. As Pastor and Preacher it is his business to minister the Word of God, and take care of the spiritual needs of the church where he is pastor.


The church is to respect him as God’s man, and as their leader, I Cor. 16:10-11; Heb. 13:17. To support him financially, Gal. 6:6; I Cor. 9:13-16. Qualifications for pastors are found in I Timothy 3:1-7.


(2) DEACONS are the secondary officers of the church. Their qualifications are found in I Tim. 3:8-13. They are to be servants of the church, not bosses of the church. Their work is to take care of the TEMPORAL needs of the church, and do it in a spiritual way. See Acts 6:1-7. Their work might be said to be that of serving tables. And there are three tables that they are to see about: (l) The Lord’s Table, for the Lord’s Supper. (2) The Pastor’s Table. (3) The Table of the poor.



There are two.

(1) BAPTISM. Only one way of baptism. Eph. 4:5.

A Burial in water, Acts 8:38; Rom. 6:4; Col.2:12.

Church Authority is necessary, Matt. 28:18-20.

A Disciple is to be baptized: Matt. 28:18-20; John 4:3.

The one being baptized must be a believer. Mark 16:16. It is to be done to manifest a Son of God to the world. John 1:31. Not to make a person a Son of God, but to show that one is a son of God already.


There is absolutely NO scripture that teaches sprinkling or pouring for baptism. There is NO verse in the Bible where God ever commanded a man to pour or sprinkle clear water on another man for any purpose, much less baptism.

There is absolutely NO scripture that teaches infant baptism. The baptism of babies is entirely unscriptural.


Jesus was baptized by a Missionary Baptist Preacher, in water, not in order to become God’s Son, but to show that He already was God’s Son. And baptism must be like that which Jesus had to be valid and acceptable.


(2) THE LORD’S SUPPER. Matt. 26:16-30; 1Cor. 11: 17-30.

The emblems to be used in this Memorial Supper are unleavened Bread and Grape juice, (the fruit of the vine).


The unleavened bread, broken during the meal, pictures the sinless body of Jesus, that was broken on the cross for our sin, that we might be saved.

The pure Grape juice pictures the pure blood of Jesus that was poured out for the remission of our sins.


The Lord’s Supper is a Church Ordinance. It is to be observed by a church as a church, never as individuals. “When you come together in the church” 1Cor. 11:18. Only those who are members of the church where the Supper is being eaten are entitled to partake of it. When Jesus instituted His Supper He gave it to His Church (the twelve Apostles made up His church at that time), and His mother and other saved people were not present and did not partake of it.

The Lord’s Supper is to be eaten by the church as a memorial picture of the sufferings and death of Jesus in the body, for our sins, until He returns to earth again.



Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-48; Acts 1:8.

The mission of the church is three-fold—

1)    Make Disciples. This is done by the preaching of the Gospel to the lost around the world, witnessing to them and leading them to Christ as their Savior.

2)    Baptizing Disciples. This means to make a Baptist out of everyone who is saved.

3)    Teaching the saved and baptized to observe everything that Jesus has commanded. Indoctrinate Baptists in the teachings of the Bible.


The Church has NO OTHER mission, either social, political or otherwise. This work is three-fold— Make Christians out of lost people, make Baptists out of Christians, and make good Baptists out of all Baptists.



Baptists are scriptural in their doctrinal teaching. If it is in the Bible it is Baptist doctrine. If it is Baptist doctrine it is in the Bible.


1) The Bible is God’s word, and is sufficient for doctrine and practice. 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Isa. 8:20.

2) Children are born in sin, with a depraved nature. Psalms 5 1:5; Eph. 2:1-3; John 8:44.

3) Hell, a lake of fire and brimstone, is the abode of eternal torment for the wicked and impenitent. Rev. 14:11; 20:15; 21:8.

4) Lost sinners can be saved if they will believe. John 3:16; 1 Tim. 1:15; 2 Tim. 2:4-6.

5) Men must be regenerated (born again). John 3:5-6.

6) There is only one plan of salvation. John 14:6; Acts 4:12; 1Tim.2:5; John 10:9.

7) Salvation is by Grace, through faith, without works of any kind. Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5; Rom. 3:28; 4:5; 11:6.

8) We can know that we are saved. 1 John 3:14; 5:13.

9) A man, once saved, is always saved. Can never be lost. Ecclesiastes 3:14; Heb. 10:14; John 5:24; 10:27- 30; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Tim. 1:12; Romans 8:35-39.

10) No one is sinless and perfect in the flesh. Rom. 7:15-25; 1 John 1:8-10.

11) Jesus built His church while He was here on the earth. Matt. 16:18; Zech. 6:12-13. There are churches in existence today just like the one that Jesus organized. Matt. 16:18.

12) There is only one way of baptism. See Section IV.

13) The Lord’s Supper. See Section IV.

14) The Personal, Bodily, and Pre-millennial Second Coming of Christ. Acts 1:11; John 14:1-3.

15) Individual responsibility to God. Romans 14:12.

16) The church votes on receiving members. Acts 1:26.

17) Evidence of salvation to be required before baptism. Matthew 3:8.

18) The church elects its own officers. Acts 6:1-7.

19) The work of the church is to be supported by TITHES and FREE-WILL OFFERINGS of the members of that church. Matt. 23:23; 1 Cor. 9:11-14; 16:1-2; 2 Cor. 8:12-14; 9: 6-8.


Notice these facts in conclusion

Missionary Baptists are the only denomination on earth that teach that SALVATION IS BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH WITHOUT WORKS OF ANY KIND. Eph. 2:8-10


Baptist churches are the ONLY churches on earth that require a person to profess to be saved before that person unites with the church, or is baptized.


In Matthew 3:1-12 there are three points of doctrine that John the Baptist, preached. They are:

1. Repentance toward God and Faith in Jesus Christ, for

2. Eternal Salvation.

3. Baptism by Immersion only after Salvation.




Is one church as good as another? This is a question that is often asked. There can be but one answer. NO!

1)    A Church set up by man is not as good as the Church that was set up by the Lord Jesus.

2)    A Church that teaches error is not as good as the Church that teaches the Truth.

3)    A Church that teaches only a part of the truth is not as good as the Church that teaches ALL the truth.

4)    A Church whose doctrine gives glory to man is not as good as the Church whose doctrine gives glory to God.

5)    A church that refuses to obey Christ’s commands and takes for doctrine the commandments of man is not as good as the church whose sole authority is the Lord Jesus Christ, and His commandments in the Bible.


Jesus promised that this Church, the Missionary Baptist Churches, would never perish from the earth, but that until the end of the age Churches just like the one He organized would be in existence. Matt. 16:18; Eph. 3:21. And we have seen in this booklet how He has kept His promise. And we have seen that there are churches on earth today just like the one He set up, and they can trace their history back to the one He organized. And we have seen that these churches are


Since Jesus was a Baptist, and the church He set up was a Baptist church, and all of the Apostles were Baptists, and all of the churches of the New Testament were Baptist Churches, therefore everyone today who is saved ought to be a Baptist, a member of a Baptist Church. If it is right for one saved person to be a Baptist it would also be right for every saved person to be a Baptist, and wrong for them to be anything else but a Baptist.


“Upon this Rock I will build My Church, and the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against It.”

Matthew 16:18.


“Unto Him be Glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, World without end. Amen.”

Ephesians 3:21