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Comment: Of course it does not sound like a Baptist.

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Of course it does not sound like a Baptist.

Regarding the letter to the Smyrneans, the Apostle John wrote during that same time period that there are already many antichrists gone out into the world.

Also, don't forget: the victors write history.

All the Apostles were martyred, the churches were suffering persecution at the end of time of the writing of the New Tesament. So all your well-known "church fathers" were liberals who compromised to live, thus preparing the way for a large number of "churches" which had been compromised with the infiltration of paganism. The Holy Spirit no longer blessed these churches with power so they had to band together for strength and create a hierarchy. The rest of the history of "Christianity" via the Catholic "church" is well-known as being full of wars, conquest, debauchery and corruption.

Baptists were forced underground for centuries, surfacing in large, growing numbers when liberty of conscience was established in these once blessed united States.

Truth is not so easy to find in the midst of so many lies; but, it is made easier to find if we seek for it with all our heart and without any loyalty to any preconceived ideas.

“Were it not for the fact that the Baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past 1,200 years, they would swarm greater than all the reformers... If the truth of religion were to be judged by the readiness and boldness of which a man or any sect shows in suffering, then the opinions and persuasions of no sect can be truer and surer than those of the Anabaptist, since there have been none for the 1200 years past that have been more generally punished or that have been more cheerfully and steadfastly undergone, and have offered themselves to the most cruel sort of punishment than these people.” - Cardinal Hosius, president of the Council of Trent from 1545 to 1564

Sometimes even deceivers are forced to admit the truth.

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"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17