8.0.9a.iv “The woman”, THE CHURCHES JESUS BUILT, “fled into the wilderness, where God Had Prepared a Place for her to be nourished…”

In dealing with

the question of

THE LORD JESUS’

church Perpetuity,

Dr. Mason shares his thoughts

 about how that he  encounters

some who are antagonistic

to the term

“Perpetuity.”

This antagonism has been induced

by, the frequent misuse

and abuse of the term

“Perpetuity.”

In fact, there are three words

that have been frequently misused

in this connection, when discussing and defining,

‘The Continued Existence of

THE CHURCH

THAT JESUS BUILT,

from the Time

Jesus Founded His Churches

During His Earthly Ministry,

until

THIS PRESENT DAY

and that

JESUS CHURCHES

WILL CONTINUE to EXIST

on EARTH,

UNTIL JESUS COMES AGAIN;

and those three words

we need to clarify are;

“succession,”

“continuity,”

and “perpetuity.”

As one writer puts it,

“There are three words

used almost indiscriminately

in the discussion of church history,

viz.:

‘Succession,’

‘Continuity,’

and ‘Perpetuity.’

Not one of these words

expresses the whole idea, of

‘The Continued Existence’ of

THE CHURCH

THAT JESUS BUILT,

from the Time

Jesus Founded His Churches

During His Earthly Ministry,

until

THIS PRESENT DAY

and that

JESUS CHURCHES

WILL CONTINUE to EXIST

on EARTH,

UNTIL JESUS COMES AGAIN;

but each one of these three words

are nearly right

and sufficient for honest inquiry”, to Define: 

‘The Continued Existence’ of

THE CHURCH

THAT JESUS BUILT.

In considering

which word we should use,

we finally decided to use the word

‘Perpetuity’

as perhaps

the most suitable of the three

for our purpose.

However,

because of the misleading way

in which

‘Perpetuity’

is often used,

it is advisable to define, at the outset,

something of what is meant

and what is not meant,

by the term as employed

in the pages to follow.

When Baptists affirm belief 

in the

‘Perpetuity’

of THE LORD JESUS’ churches,

they do not mean:

that they can trace an unbroken

SUCCESSION OF BISHOPS

from the days of the apostles to the present.

The FALSE COUNTERFEIT

Roman Catholic ‘Church’,

CREATED by SATAN

to

‘TEACH’

THE OPPOSITE of THE BIBLE

and to DENY THE TRIUNE GODHEAD

and JESUS as THE SAVIOR,

bases a ‘claim to perpetuity’

upon alleged succession of bishop’s

or popes as they term them.

Thus we find Cardinal Gibbons saying

(Faith of Our Fathers, p. 93),

“The Catholic Church teaches also

that our Lord conferred on St. Peter

the first place of honor

and jurisdiction in the government

of His whole church,

and that the same spiritual supremacy

has always resided in the popes,

or bishops of Rome,

as being the successors of St. Peter.

Consequently to be true followers of Christ

all the Christians,

both among the clergy and the laity,

must be in communion with the See of Rome,

where Peter rules in the person of his successor.”

It may well be noted in this ‘connection’

the Catholic claim to perpetuity

fails for many reasons.

We pause to make bare mention of four of these.

First, their lack of any good ground

upon which to base their claim

for the supremacy of Rome;

Second, the absolute lack of proof,

either biblical or historical,

that Peter was the first pope,

 SINCE EVERYTHING PETER TAUGHT

is THE OPPOSITE of FALSE CATHOLIC HERESY,

Third, the plain teachings

of the New Testament,

which precludes the idea that Peter

occupied the place of primacy,

in the sense of being the vicegerent of Christ

and head of the church.

IT IS POSSIBLE for any ‘CATHOLIC’

to READ GOD’S ETERNAL WORDS,

in Matthew 16:22, etc.;

“Peter took Him aside

and began to rebuke Him.

“Far be it from You, Lord!” he said.

“This shall never happen to You!”

23 “But Jesus Turned and Said to Peter,

“Get behind Me, Satan!

You are

a stumbling block to Me.

For you do not have in mind

the things of God,

but the things of men.”

24 “Then Jesus Told His disciples,

“If anyone would come after Me,

he must deny himself

and take up his cross

and follow Me.”

NOT “SATAN”.

Fourth, the lack of a shred of historical evidence

to prove that Peter was ever so much as in Rome,

much less the first ‘pope’. 

Baptists do not claim

‘Perpetuity’

or, the whole idea of

‘The Continued Existence of

THE CHURCH

THAT JESUS BUILT,

from the Time

Jesus Founded His Churches

During His Earthly Ministry,

until

THIS PRESENT DAY

and that

JESUS CHURCHES

WILL CONTINUE to EXIST

on EARTH,

UNTIL JESUS COMES AGAIN,

upon the basis of a successive

and unbroken CHAIN OF BAPTISMS.

The opponents of

Baptist Perpetuity

often seek to invalidate Baptist claims,

of

JESUS’ BIBLE TEACHING

of JESUS’ churches’

Continued Existence,

or Perpetuity,

by saying that

it would be necessary for them

to establish beyond doubt

that there has been at no time

a break in the chain of baptisms,

before assuming the right of

JESUS’ BIBLE TEACHING

of JESUS’ churches’

Continued Existence,

or Perpetuity.

This arises out of a misconception of

the Baptist position,

and what properly constitutes

Scriptural ‘Perpetuity’. 

 

Baptists do not claim

Scriptural ‘Perpetuity’

upon the basis of a chain of CHURCHES

succeeding each other

in the sense that kings and popes

succeed each other.

Dr. J. B. Moody puts this

Scriptural Truth of ‘Perpetuity’

very aptly when he says,

“In the sense of popes and kings

succeeding each other,

the word (perpetuity)

is not to be used of church history,

because one church

does not take the place of another.

Sometimes one church dies

as an organization,

and some of the members

may constitute in the same

or in another place,

and thus one may succeed the other.

But this is hardly involved

in this discussion,

except where churches

may have been driven from place to place,

or from one country to another,

as we see, Biblically Speaking,

“the woman fled

into the wilderness…”

Revelation 12:6;

“The woman fled

into the wilderness,

where God

Had Prepared a Place for her

to be nourished…”

The church at Jerusalem

was multiplied

into the churches of Judea,

Samaria, etc.,

but they did not succeed

the church at Jerusalem,

because that church had not died,

as when kings and popes

succeed each other by death.

That particular idea of supplanting,

or taking the place of another,

in Bible usage and definition of

JESUS’ BIBLE TEACHING

of JESUS’ churches’

Continued Existence,

or Perpetuity,

  ‘must be eliminated.” 

Additionally, Baptists do not claim

JESUS’ BIBLE TEACHING

of JESUS’ churches’

Continued Existence,

or Perpetuity,

on the basis of the NAME ‘BAPTIST’.

BAPTISTS THAT TEACH

BIBLICAL BAPTIST DOCTRINES

do not make the claim

that churches called by the name Baptist

have existed through all the ages.

BAPTISTS THAT TEACH

that churches called by

VARIOUS DIFFERENT ‘NAMES’

THAT HOLD to WHAT, TODAY,

COULD BE CALLED:

BIBLICAL BAPTIST DOCTRINES,

have existed through all the ages.

True, Baptists

by

VARIOUS DIFFERENT ‘NAMES’

THAT HOLD to WHAT, TODAY,

COULD BE CALLED:

BIBLICAL BAPTIST DOCTRINES,

have existed all along,

but they have often

been called by other names than,

‘Baptists’.

The churches of the New Testament

as they have existed down through the ages

have usually received their names

from their enemies and persecutors.

These names were received

by those

THAT HELD to WHAT, TODAY,

COULD BE CALLED:

BIBLICAL BAPTIST DOCTRINES,

as terms of odium and reproach.

It will be shown later

that

New Testament believers

grouped together

in New Testament churches here and there,

bore different names at different times,

such as

Paulicians,

Bogomils,

Waldenses,

Anabaptists,

Catabaptists, etc.,

have existed through all the ages,

SINCE JESUS

FOUNDED HIS CHURCHES,

with each ‘name’ giving place to another

until today they

THAT HOLD to WHAT, TODAY,

COULD BE CALLED:

BIBLICAL

NEW TESTAMENT DOCTRINES,

of

THE CHURCH

THAT JESUS BUILT,

are known the World over as

Baptists.

History shows that the peoples

of these

SCRIPTURAL

New Testament churches

just mentioned,

although they were scattered by persecution,

and

hunted and driven into the dens

and caves of the earth,

conformed in essential points

to the Scriptural Teachings

of the New Testament,

and were the progenitors

and

FOLLOWERS of JESUS

known in modern Times,

as

BAPTISTS.

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