A question from a reader: I have been a Christian-Baptist and I am curious what sets Nazarene apart.
Baptists are calvinists, Nazarenes are not. That’s the biggest difference. (Calvinism in a nutshell = Once you’re saved you’re always saved and God decided who would be saved and who wouldn’t before creation and there’s nothing we can do about it.)
If you were born in Nazareth, you are a Nazarene. Baptist is a denomination of the man-made ‘religion’ of delusional Christians, as Christianity is NOT a religion.
Okay. I don’t know a whole lot about Nazarenes, but not all baptists are Calvanists, in fact I would bet that most aren’t.
Baptist is a VERY broad term that can mean almost anything these days. Baptists baptize adults not babies–that’s probably the only thing I can say for sure about all baptists in general.
Baptist accurately teaches that you cannot lose salvation.
Nazarene wrongly teaches that you can lose salvation, but that is a false doctrine, and a very serious one.
So avoid nazarene, and stick with Baptist.
Jesus is God, and Jesus loves you so very much!
The truth about Jesus is that the only way to be saved and to get into heaven and avoid being sent to eternal hell, is by believing in Jesus for salvation, believing in faith alone that Jesus, who is God, died on the cross for all our sins as FULL PAYMENT for all our sins, and then Jesus rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Believe in Jesus alone for salvation, and you will be in heaven, no matter what!
Salvation is a FREE GIFT that happens in a split second when you believe in Jesus alone to save you! It is impossible to lose or “leave” salvation (John 6:39-40, John 10:28, 1 John 5:13).
Please pray now: “Jesus, I believe that You died on the cross to pay for my sins and that You rose from the dead, and I thank You for eternal life!” You will be in heaven with Him forever when you die!
I grew up in an independent Baptist church, but I attended a Nazarene university and am currently a member of the Church of the Nazarene. The truth is that you’re probably not going to see a lot of difference between the two denominations at first. The services are probably very similar, and the key doctrines are the same.
The Church of the Nazarene is a product of the holiness movement, which emerged in the late 19th century and mostly came out of the Methodist church. The Nazarene church was officially organized in 1908 when four holiness denominations merged into one. The church’s doctrine is described as Wesleyan-Arminian, and it is very similar to Methodist doctrine. In contrast, there are many Baptist sub-denominations with doctrine ranging from the Free Will Baptist church, which is mostly Arminian, to the Sovereign Grace Baptist church, which is strictly Calvinist. Most Baptist churches, including the Southern Baptist Convention, are descended from the Calvinist branch, but they deviate from some of its key doctrines, particularly regarding free will.
The most obvious difference is that the Nazarene church believes that it is possible to lose your salvation while most Baptist churches do not. Nazarenes also put a lot of emphasis in holy living. In the past, this resulted in a lot of legalistic “rules” that Nazarenes were expected to live by. Most of these have been repealed, but they still influence the church. The church government is also quite different. Baptist church are almost all congregational. Nazarene congregations have a strong say in what goes on in their churches, but churches still have to report to a governing body called the District Assembly, and every four years, the entire denomination comes together for a General Assembly to discuss organizational issues and polity.
The key doctrine that sets the Church of the Nazarene apart from other denominations is its stance on entire sanctification, also called Christian perfection. Nazarenes believe that it is possible to be entirely sanctified here on earth. (Most Christian denominations believe in entire sanctification, but they believe that it does not happen until we reach heaven.) The exact details regarding Christian perfection are debated even among Nazarenes, but in practice, I find that it’s not that different from what most Baptists call “giving your life over to God” or “dedicating your life to Christ.”
It is also worth noting that the Nazarene church does not take an official stance on some issues, such as creation or eschatology. As a result, individual churches may differ in what they teach on these matters. Also, some things that are technically permitted by the church are not performed by all congregations. For example, the church permits infant baptism, but it is so rarely performed that even many Nazarenes are not aware of that. As a result, most Nazarenes are not baptized until after salvation, which is consistent with Baptist theology.
More information is available at the Church of the Nazarene’s web site:
The official doctrine and organization of the church is also stated in “Manual: Church of the Nazarene,” which is updated at the General Assembly every four years:
i suppose the unique spin that the baptist tradition puts on Christianity is presenting the basic tenets of that faith in terms of the competency of the soul in religion. in other words, that ultimately a person’s relationship with God is totally between the individual and God; therefore, at least from the baptist point of view, this excludes any type of religion by proxy eg. infant baptism, sacramental justification, state sponsored relgion,etc.
I find it very interesting that ONE God has ONE book (The Bible) that has been passed down through the generations. From this ONE Book, look what we have created! In a nutshell:
Catholic – you can do anything you want to do, just confess it to a man.
Baptist – you can do anything you want to do after salvation because it can never be lost
Nazarene – Salvation can be lost as it seems to be more about your actions, than the actions that Christ did to even make salvation possible
Lutheran – Maybe after people have died, we can pray them into a saved state.
I could see how someone could get confused and wonder what is the truth. I can be assured of one thing: Many “religions” are going to be shocked in the end to find out that the one God with the one Book was really screwed up by men and women (who all claim to know the author)
I agree with your explanation, except with the Nazarene: men stray away from Salvation, Salvation is always available, men deny it by their actions.
And I definitively agree with your ending paragraph!
The only thing no matter what denomination you consider yourself is what the Bible says is right…. NO matter what a church says or another…the one and ONLY fact to follow is that ALL of it is taken to your heart and NOT what other people depict from it “means.” The words are given to us and we are to follow it WITHOUT a “denomination” on it. Fact is…Jesus did die for our souls. Then there are the written words on how to get to heaven…catholic gets what from the Bible? Methodist gets what from the Bible? Baptist get what from the Bible? Forget the exact name on your church….just go where the REAL WORD is written.
We just asked for facts, not your opinions.
Followers of Jesus have been choosing Baptism in emulation of the Baptism by John. These were adults freely choosing.
Later, the church founded by Constantine began Baptism of children. Many who followed Jesus continued to Baptize adults. This was viewed as rebaptizing if the adult had been baptized as a child.
Many parents felt that the infant Baptism reflected their commitment as parents to raise the child in the teachings of Jesus and hoped that the child would, as an adult choose Salvation, the Baptism of John.
This rebaptizing was declared a ‘sin’ and countless thousands were then executed.
The original Nazarenes and their children, many of whom knew Jesus during his time, lived peacefully in Jerusalem for 99 years after Golgotha, practicing circumcision and Baptism.
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