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9 years ago  ::  May 11, 2009 - 12:38AM #11
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At least here in the south the Baptist go to great lengths to insure baptism is a mere symbol that you've accepted Jesus as your personal savior and getting wet has no meaning beyond doing what Jesus said to do.

But I think there is a great theological divide (that really doesn't make sense except to those who give a hoot about theology but colors our thoughts whether we realize it or not).

Disciples tend to fall into the Arminianism camp and Baptists in the Calvinism camp.

Your mileage may vary but if for example you are stricken with cancer, the Baptist answer will likely be that it is part of God's plan and will for you. The Disciples at least here are far more likely to say, we live in an imperfect and fallen world and while God may be glorified by your fight against the disease he didn't pick you to have it and didn't send it upon you.

Hard-core Baptists tend to have a fatalistic view that if you were part of the church and then reject God and go off to live devoted to sin, you were never really saved. The Disciple view tends to be you were saved but fell to temptation.

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