Particular Baptists and the Need for Revival

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Bert Perry's picture

....that the rise of the Particular Baptists was when they were basically house churches.  I dare suggest that in the coming years, we ought to borrow that page, and presumably others, from their playbook.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

TylerR's picture


At the church where I pastored, the best thing for the remaining congregation would be to blow the building up, and start a new church with whoever is willing to meet in somebody's living room. They worship that building, like a pagan shrine. It should be destroyed. My wife has already volunteered to push the button to set off the explosives, if they decide to go that route.

Tyler is a pastor in Olympia, WA and works in State government. He's the author of the book What's It Mean to Be a Baptist?

Bert Perry's picture

...we could bring marshmallows and hot dogs, no?  Tyler will be appalled with me when he learns (now) that I may have prevented an old, idolized church from burning by pointing out to the head deacon that the collected VBS decorations of the past 20 years were a clear fire hazard.  :^)

(in my defense, it was mostly masonry and reinforced concrete and a lot of it would have survived....)

Seriously, I dare suggest that as our culture degrades--if this is indeed going towards times of trouble where the church will be persecuted--then we really, really, really ought to consider more house churches and such.  We can simply hide it by noting we're going to borrow some eggs or a cup of sugar.  Like Joe B., we need to get acquainted with people who come from more persecuted areas of the world like China, Cuba, Vietnam, and the like.  Learn a bit from them.  

I remember talking with Benny Costea, a pastor from Romania, about how the church seemed to thrive more under the Warsaw Pact there than it does today.  We can make it work.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.