What are the differences between the Episcopalian and Baptist Faith?

A question from a reader:
TO JAYCUBB. YOU HAVE REALLY CONVINCED ME TO CONVERT TO EPISCOPAL. IF WHAT YOU SAY IS TRUE ABOUT EPISCOPALS THEN THEY ARE JUDGEMENTAL AND ARROGANT. I HOPE YOU DO NOT REPRESENT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH. JESUS TAUGHT HUMILITY.
ON ANOTHER NOTE, I LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME AND CONSIDER MYSELF TO HAVE CLASS. I HAVE TRAVELLED AND LIVED IN EUROPE AND CAN SPEAK 2 LANGUAGES. I ALSO HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE; SO I DO NOT CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE UNEDUCATED. WHAT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DID YOU ATTEND?
Sorry for any mis-spellings. I am on my way to work and in a hurry!!

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12 Responses to “What are the differences between the Episcopalian and Baptist Faith?”

  • jaycubb says:

    Episcopalians have some education and class. Episcopalians never live in trailers.

  • royal racer says:

    What?..no clue.

  • Father K says:

    The “biggies”:

    Episcopalians baptize babies, Baptists do not

    Episcopalians believe that Jesus is Really Present at the Eucharist – Baptist think it’s a “memorial meal”

    Episcopalians are Catholic – Baptists are Protestant.

    Episcopalians have a standard liturgy (Book of Common Prayer) – Baptists are more free-form in their worship

    That should be enough.

  • Jim H says:

    Episcopalians are real people. BAAAAAHptists are liars and hypocrites. Without exception. They profess a love of God and Jesus but hate his most valued creation, Mankind. They lie to get people to listen to them, they condemn people for doing what they do in public while BAAAAAAHptists do it in secret. I call them BAAAAAHptists because they are sheep. They simply repeat what the preacher said in church. Then they go to the next county to the strip clubs, and they lie and cheat all week in business.

  • Martin S says:

    The Baptist faith is Biblical. The Episcopalian church has allowed the shifting winds of society to sway it’s interpretation of the Scriptures and now it’s becoming a church in name only.

    2 Timothy 4
    1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

    In essence Paul was telling Timothy to preach like a Baptist so people wouldn’t become Episcopalians even though those names didn’t exist back then. And in case you’re wondering I’m not a Baptist. I belong to a non-denominational church.

  • paperback_writer2003 says:

    “Non-denominational church” my foot. That just makes one a Stealth Baptist.

    Episcopalians do not be that every syllable of the Bible is the literal utterance of God. We believe that the Bible describes God’s work on earth, often imperfectly and inconsistently described. After all, just read Paul’s letters and you realize that he often takes one position in one epistle and takes a completely contradictory one in another. Women in the pulpit is one example.

    Therefore we rely on reason as one way to limn God’s purpose and intent in the world.

  • DDWilson says:

    I want to first apologize if this sounds mean, but these posts have literally broken my heart. BAAAAAAAptists? Episcopals are Catholic [they are not, though the services are similar in ceremony to Catholocism.] Episcopals never live in trailers?

    Speaking as a born and raised Baptist with a God-fearing and loving Episcopalian sister, I am heartbroken at what I perceive to be not only mean spirited-ness and mis-information.

    A few points 1— BAAAAAptists being nice on Sunday and do whatever the rest of the week —can this not be said about ANY denomination at ANY time in ANY place in the country?

    2– Episcopalians letting winds shift and change beliefs? –I would like to point out that NO denomination has any monopoly on that. I have been to churches in all different protestant denominations—I have heard things in Baptist churches that were blatantly unscriptural, and I have been to Baptist churches that were word centered. Ditto for the Episcopal.

    I am all for open discussion–and Kudos to Adkins for trying to open a discussion—but what–living in trailers? Please note that education and class generally have little to do with education and class.

    Guys–please—I recognize that I am an intensely, intensely, flawed person [but PTL saved by grace] but have you ever thought about what non-Christians may think about us when they read this???

    We do not have to all agree—but please…if these words have broken my sinful, stained, dirty heart, I shudder to think what our Savior thinks of it.

  • Casie says:

    I am completely floored by the things I have read on here today, concerning Episcopalians. I am a God fearing Episcopalian woman, and amflawed myself. However, I do live in a mobile home and also am in college, work three jobs and have a family. Episcopalians are not “swaying the faith” or “a church in name only”. We are real people with humility and strong faith that seperated from the Catholic Church. That means that we are not Catholic. Some of our beliefs are similar, but what Christian belief isn’t similar. We all believe in one Holy God, and the trinity (The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit).
    I am not Baptist, nor do I ever plan on converting. My fiancee is Baptist, and I do know quite a few Baptists. Every one in any faith can be hypocritical at some point. I do tend to agree, that there is more hypocrisy in the Baptist faith, than the Episcopalian. But that is my personal opinion, based on Churches and people that I personally know.

    As for some differences between the faiths:

    Episcopalians take communion every Sunday in rememberence of the Lord, with wafers and real wine. (Just like the Bible says to do.)

    Baptists only participate in communion occasionally, with bread cubes, croutons or crackers and grape juice.

    Episcopalians go to the alter to kneel before God and take communion.

    Baptists sit in their seats, while communion is brought to them in single servings.

    Episcopalians allow you to take communion, as long as you are a baptized Christian (denomination of faith is unimportant in this sense).

    Baptists do not allow you to participate in communion, unless you are a baptized Baptist.

    Catholics also do not allow you to take communion if you are not a baptized Catholic.

    Episcopalians will not kick you out of the Church for getting a divorce or being a divorcee.

    Baptists are not as understanding with divorce.

    Episcopalians celebrate the day of St. Francis with the blessing of the animals. (All of our dogs have been blessed.)

    Baptists do not recognize such important events.

    Any one of any faith can live in a mobile home, a house, a mansion, or under a tunnel…your faith is not determined by the home you live in.

    Episcopalians are not judgmental and arrogant.

    Hardcore Southern Baptists have more strict ways about themselves and their beliefs. They believe that dancing and drinking are acts of the devil. They also believe that women have their place in the house.

    Episcopalians are not nearly as strict in the old ways of thinking. Women are equals of men. We also know that drinking in moderation should not be frowned upon. Jesus turned water into wine and told us to “Take, drink this in rememberence of me, the Blood of Christ for the people of Christ.”

    Episcopalians also have “Fellowship Hour” or “Coffee Hour” after Sunday service, to have a snack and coffee or juice, and socialize with our congregation family. It is also a time for us to discuss upcoming events, and charity work we are participating in.

    Baptists go to Sunday service, leave and go separately to lunch.

    Episcopalians also understand that no one is perfect. We recognize that the Lord has a temper and has cast his wrath upon those that have forsaken him. Baptists are not as understanding with mortals having a temper or making mistakes.

    Episcopalians are also extremely humble people, we participate in many charities and helping out neighbors (without wanting, needing or even recognizing our part in helping).

    As for everyone that has posted that has bashed other Christian denominations, should step back and humble themselves. Re-evaluate your faith, and look back through the Scriptures. God does not look kindly on hypocrites.

    *These are some of the differences I personally know of between these two faiths. That does not mean these are the only differences, or that they are the same nationwide. Every congregation is unique in their ways of praising the Lord.

    Thank you everyone that made ignorant comments, as your are living proof (no matter what denomination you are) that ignorant people live among us. Just because you have been saved, does not mean you automatically make it into Heaven, after living a life of judgement and ignorance.

    I had started my search this morning out of curiosity of other differences and similarities between the faiths. I am leaving my search convinced that no one is perfect, but to each his own. I am a proud Episcopalian woman, and nothing will change that!

    Have a great day!!!

  • Jordan J says:

    Most of what has been posted is jaw dropping to say the least. Most of this comes from one problem….pride. So many individuals have more pride in their denomination than being a christian…it’s laughable really. What stems from this is judgement and bias view against all other denominations.

    To Casie – To talk how horrible everyone’s comments are….I truly didn’t see much difference in your own comment. Almost everything you wrote about Baptist was pretty much false. And before you get to analyzing the baptist denomination again, you definitely need to understand that there are many different beliefs and practices that separate each person WITHIN their own denomination (ex. not all Pentecostals believe women have to wear dresses or are forbidden to wear make up or cut their hair). Go to multiple churches within the same denomination before you get to stereotyping. And you also talk about wine in the bible and expect it to be the same as the wine today, you definitely need to start doing some research then. Look up the Greek and Hebrew meaning of wine and how it’s used interchangeably with GRAPE JUICE. Do you not see what all alcohol does to human beings, what humans do with it, or what happens when humans are left to consume it in moderation?? God tells us to treat our bodies as a temple…can you honestly believe its ok for your body to consume alcohol when it leads to almost every type of cancer known to man, that it’s linked to most of the diseases/conditions known to man, what it does to fetuses, your liver, etc? That’s definitely not treating your body with care as a temple so to speak. There’s only 2-3 situations where God actually acknowledged that such a toxin as alcohol to be ok to consume.

    I’m not part of any denomination (non-denominational at most) but, I will tell you of one I will never agree with or never attend their service, Catholicism. And obviously most people who have read a great deal of the bible don’t agree with their system or what have you…for many things within that denomination aren’t biblical. However, I will never say Catholics are not Christian while others say different. Whatever denomination you are apart of doesn’t matter as long as you choose Christ as your Lord and Savoir, seek Him with ALL of your heart, and develop a relationship with Him. Church and denomination doesn’t get you saved….Christ only saves you. If any non-believer reads these comments I hope you remember that one thing.

  • HappyPeace says:

    I just started going to church 2 months ago. I was raised Catholic until I was about 7 – then my parents got divorced (big catholic no no). Two years ago I tried several chruches, methodist, baptist, non-denominational….. none of them felt right to me. A friend suggested trying an Episcopal Church since it was similar to a Catholic Church in tradition. From what I understand, just about any religion that isn’t Catholic is considered Protestant (episcopal aka anglican, baptist, methodist, lutheran, etc.) because they broke away from Roman Catholic church. I like the Episcopal church so far, I don’t get yelled at from the pulpit, I don’t get told who to vote for *that happened @ one church I went to*, it’s more like I’m encouraged to go forward and be better. I have been moved by sermons by Baptist preachers on TV – and then totally disgusted by judgemental rants and raves by others. The thing is, you have to find your own way…. find our own spiritual home. It might be in the middle of a church, or on a sunny day in the back yard. Don’t be in a hurry and don’t let others push you into it. Right now, I like my little epicopal church, but who knows? Next year I might be in a baptist church, or no church at all. As long as you have some kind of faith and hope – I believe God loves us, and we would do well to love him right back. Sorry, that doesn’t really answer what the difference is! But really, it doesn’t matter, just keep trying places til you find your home.

  • Isabella says:

    As a lifelong Episcopalian (dating a Baptist,) I only know one thing for sure. No one denomination has everything right. We are all sinners, and as such, do not have the right to condemn fellow sinners. That is God’s authority. However, and this is just my opinion, I feel that the Christian thing to do is to “love thy neighbor.” Be accepting and loving to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and educate yourselves in the history, theology and doctrine of the Church, all denominations! I have no plans to become a Baptist (I like win and “smells and bells” far too much,) but I am willing to learn about their beliefs and enjoy sharing mine (especially when it comes to the Church calendar, church seasons, and high holy days- my boyfriend had never heard of them!) Nobody has it all right, but at least we all have faith.

  • George McPherson says:

    Thanks Cassie for your comments, you have convinced me to remain a baptist!

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What are the differences between the Episcopalian and Baptist Faith?


A question from a reader:
TO JAYCUBB. YOU HAVE REALLY CONVINCED ME TO CONVERT TO EPISCOPAL. IF WHAT YOU SAY IS TRUE ABOUT EPISCOPALS THEN THEY ARE JUDGEMENTAL AND ARROGANT. I HOPE YOU DO NOT REPRESENT THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH. JESUS TAUGHT HUMILITY.
ON ANOTHER NOTE, I LIVE IN A MOBILE HOME AND CONSIDER MYSELF TO HAVE CLASS. I HAVE TRAVELLED AND LIVED IN EUROPE AND CAN SPEAK 2 LANGUAGES. I ALSO HAVE A MASTER’S DEGREE; SO I DO NOT CONSIDER MYSELF TO BE UNEDUCATED. WHAT COMMUNITY COLLEGE DID YOU ATTEND?
Sorry for any mis-spellings. I am on my way to work and in a hurry!!

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6 Responses to “What are the differences between the Episcopalian and Baptist Faith?”

  • jaycubb says:

    Episcopalians have some education and class. Episcopalians never live in trailers.

  • royal racer says:

    What?..no clue.

  • Father K says:

    The “biggies”:

    Episcopalians baptize babies, Baptists do not

    Episcopalians believe that Jesus is Really Present at the Eucharist – Baptist think it’s a “memorial meal”

    Episcopalians are Catholic – Baptists are Protestant.

    Episcopalians have a standard liturgy (Book of Common Prayer) – Baptists are more free-form in their worship

    That should be enough.

  • Jim H says:

    Episcopalians are real people. BAAAAAHptists are liars and hypocrites. Without exception. They profess a love of God and Jesus but hate his most valued creation, Mankind. They lie to get people to listen to them, they condemn people for doing what they do in public while BAAAAAAHptists do it in secret. I call them BAAAAAHptists because they are sheep. They simply repeat what the preacher said in church. Then they go to the next county to the strip clubs, and they lie and cheat all week in business.

  • Martin S says:

    The Baptist faith is Biblical. The Episcopalian church has allowed the shifting winds of society to sway it’s interpretation of the Scriptures and now it’s becoming a church in name only.

    2 Timothy 4
    1In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: 2Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 3For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

    In essence Paul was telling Timothy to preach like a Baptist so people wouldn’t become Episcopalians even though those names didn’t exist back then. And in case you’re wondering I’m not a Baptist. I belong to a non-denominational church.

  • paperback_writer2003 says:

    “Non-denominational church” my foot. That just makes one a Stealth Baptist.

    Episcopalians do not be that every syllable of the Bible is the literal utterance of God. We believe that the Bible describes God’s work on earth, often imperfectly and inconsistently described. After all, just read Paul’s letters and you realize that he often takes one position in one epistle and takes a completely contradictory one in another. Women in the pulpit is one example.

    Therefore we rely on reason as one way to limn God’s purpose and intent in the world.

  • DDWilson says:

    I want to first apologize if this sounds mean, but these posts have literally broken my heart. BAAAAAAAptists? Episcopals are Catholic [they are not, though the services are similar in ceremony to Catholocism.] Episcopals never live in trailers?

    Speaking as a born and raised Baptist with a God-fearing and loving Episcopalian sister, I am heartbroken at what I perceive to be not only mean spirited-ness and mis-information.

    A few points 1— BAAAAAptists being nice on Sunday and do whatever the rest of the week —can this not be said about ANY denomination at ANY time in ANY place in the country?

    2– Episcopalians letting winds shift and change beliefs? –I would like to point out that NO denomination has any monopoly on that. I have been to churches in all different protestant denominations—I have heard things in Baptist churches that were blatantly unscriptural, and I have been to Baptist churches that were word centered. Ditto for the Episcopal.

    I am all for open discussion–and Kudos to Adkins for trying to open a discussion—but what–living in trailers? Please note that education and class generally have little to do with education and class.

    Guys–please—I recognize that I am an intensely, intensely, flawed person [but PTL saved by grace] but have you ever thought about what non-Christians may think about us when they read this???

    We do not have to all agree—but please…if these words have broken my sinful, stained, dirty heart, I shudder to think what our Savior thinks of it.

  • Casie says:

    I am completely floored by the things I have read on here today, concerning Episcopalians. I am a God fearing Episcopalian woman, and amflawed myself. However, I do live in a mobile home and also am in college, work three jobs and have a family. Episcopalians are not “swaying the faith” or “a church in name only”. We are real people with humility and strong faith that seperated from the Catholic Church. That means that we are not Catholic. Some of our beliefs are similar, but what Christian belief isn’t similar. We all believe in one Holy God, and the trinity (The Father, The Son & The Holy Spirit).
    I am not Baptist, nor do I ever plan on converting. My fiancee is Baptist, and I do know quite a few Baptists. Every one in any faith can be hypocritical at some point. I do tend to agree, that there is more hypocrisy in the Baptist faith, than the Episcopalian. But that is my personal opinion, based on Churches and people that I personally know.

    As for some differences between the faiths:

    Episcopalians take communion every Sunday in rememberence of the Lord, with wafers and real wine. (Just like the Bible says to do.)

    Baptists only participate in communion occasionally, with bread cubes, croutons or crackers and grape juice.

    Episcopalians go to the alter to kneel before God and take communion.

    Baptists sit in their seats, while communion is brought to them in single servings.

    Episcopalians allow you to take communion, as long as you are a baptized Christian (denomination of faith is unimportant in this sense).

    Baptists do not allow you to participate in communion, unless you are a baptized Baptist.

    Catholics also do not allow you to take communion if you are not a baptized Catholic.

    Episcopalians will not kick you out of the Church for getting a divorce or being a divorcee.

    Baptists are not as understanding with divorce.

    Episcopalians celebrate the day of St. Francis with the blessing of the animals. (All of our dogs have been blessed.)

    Baptists do not recognize such important events.

    Any one of any faith can live in a mobile home, a house, a mansion, or under a tunnel…your faith is not determined by the home you live in.

    Episcopalians are not judgmental and arrogant.

    Hardcore Southern Baptists have more strict ways about themselves and their beliefs. They believe that dancing and drinking are acts of the devil. They also believe that women have their place in the house.

    Episcopalians are not nearly as strict in the old ways of thinking. Women are equals of men. We also know that drinking in moderation should not be frowned upon. Jesus turned water into wine and told us to “Take, drink this in rememberence of me, the Blood of Christ for the people of Christ.”

    Episcopalians also have “Fellowship Hour” or “Coffee Hour” after Sunday service, to have a snack and coffee or juice, and socialize with our congregation family. It is also a time for us to discuss upcoming events, and charity work we are participating in.

    Baptists go to Sunday service, leave and go separately to lunch.

    Episcopalians also understand that no one is perfect. We recognize that the Lord has a temper and has cast his wrath upon those that have forsaken him. Baptists are not as understanding with mortals having a temper or making mistakes.

    Episcopalians are also extremely humble people, we participate in many charities and helping out neighbors (without wanting, needing or even recognizing our part in helping).

    As for everyone that has posted that has bashed other Christian denominations, should step back and humble themselves. Re-evaluate your faith, and look back through the Scriptures. God does not look kindly on hypocrites.

    *These are some of the differences I personally know of between these two faiths. That does not mean these are the only differences, or that they are the same nationwide. Every congregation is unique in their ways of praising the Lord.

    Thank you everyone that made ignorant comments, as your are living proof (no matter what denomination you are) that ignorant people live among us. Just because you have been saved, does not mean you automatically make it into Heaven, after living a life of judgement and ignorance.

    I had started my search this morning out of curiosity of other differences and similarities between the faiths. I am leaving my search convinced that no one is perfect, but to each his own. I am a proud Episcopalian woman, and nothing will change that!

    Have a great day!!!

  • Jordan J says:

    Most of what has been posted is jaw dropping to say the least. Most of this comes from one problem….pride. So many individuals have more pride in their denomination than being a christian…it’s laughable really. What stems from this is judgement and bias view against all other denominations.

    To Casie – To talk how horrible everyone’s comments are….I truly didn’t see much difference in your own comment. Almost everything you wrote about Baptist was pretty much false. And before you get to analyzing the baptist denomination again, you definitely need to understand that there are many different beliefs and practices that separate each person WITHIN their own denomination (ex. not all Pentecostals believe women have to wear dresses or are forbidden to wear make up or cut their hair). Go to multiple churches within the same denomination before you get to stereotyping. And you also talk about wine in the bible and expect it to be the same as the wine today, you definitely need to start doing some research then. Look up the Greek and Hebrew meaning of wine and how it’s used interchangeably with GRAPE JUICE. Do you not see what all alcohol does to human beings, what humans do with it, or what happens when humans are left to consume it in moderation?? God tells us to treat our bodies as a temple…can you honestly believe its ok for your body to consume alcohol when it leads to almost every type of cancer known to man, that it’s linked to most of the diseases/conditions known to man, what it does to fetuses, your liver, etc? That’s definitely not treating your body with care as a temple so to speak. There’s only 2-3 situations where God actually acknowledged that such a toxin as alcohol to be ok to consume.

    I’m not part of any denomination (non-denominational at most) but, I will tell you of one I will never agree with or never attend their service, Catholicism. And obviously most people who have read a great deal of the bible don’t agree with their system or what have you…for many things within that denomination aren’t biblical. However, I will never say Catholics are not Christian while others say different. Whatever denomination you are apart of doesn’t matter as long as you choose Christ as your Lord and Savoir, seek Him with ALL of your heart, and develop a relationship with Him. Church and denomination doesn’t get you saved….Christ only saves you. If any non-believer reads these comments I hope you remember that one thing.

  • HappyPeace says:

    I just started going to church 2 months ago. I was raised Catholic until I was about 7 – then my parents got divorced (big catholic no no). Two years ago I tried several chruches, methodist, baptist, non-denominational….. none of them felt right to me. A friend suggested trying an Episcopal Church since it was similar to a Catholic Church in tradition. From what I understand, just about any religion that isn’t Catholic is considered Protestant (episcopal aka anglican, baptist, methodist, lutheran, etc.) because they broke away from Roman Catholic church. I like the Episcopal church so far, I don’t get yelled at from the pulpit, I don’t get told who to vote for *that happened @ one church I went to*, it’s more like I’m encouraged to go forward and be better. I have been moved by sermons by Baptist preachers on TV – and then totally disgusted by judgemental rants and raves by others. The thing is, you have to find your own way…. find our own spiritual home. It might be in the middle of a church, or on a sunny day in the back yard. Don’t be in a hurry and don’t let others push you into it. Right now, I like my little epicopal church, but who knows? Next year I might be in a baptist church, or no church at all. As long as you have some kind of faith and hope – I believe God loves us, and we would do well to love him right back. Sorry, that doesn’t really answer what the difference is! But really, it doesn’t matter, just keep trying places til you find your home.

  • Isabella says:

    As a lifelong Episcopalian (dating a Baptist,) I only know one thing for sure. No one denomination has everything right. We are all sinners, and as such, do not have the right to condemn fellow sinners. That is God’s authority. However, and this is just my opinion, I feel that the Christian thing to do is to “love thy neighbor.” Be accepting and loving to our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, and educate yourselves in the history, theology and doctrine of the Church, all denominations! I have no plans to become a Baptist (I like win and “smells and bells” far too much,) but I am willing to learn about their beliefs and enjoy sharing mine (especially when it comes to the Church calendar, church seasons, and high holy days- my boyfriend had never heard of them!) Nobody has it all right, but at least we all have faith.

  • George McPherson says:

    Thanks Cassie for your comments, you have convinced me to remain a baptist!

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