In the U.K there are an enormous variety of churches calling themselves "Baptist", many of whom have strayed a long way from the original biblical principles that generally formed such congregations a little while after the Protestant Reformation.
Stornoway Baptist Church is founded on one of the great historical confessions - The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith which (except for some very important differences) followed fairly closely the 1647 Westminster Confession of Faith.
Many have thought that the main distinction of the Baptist Church is that they do not sprinkle babies foreheads with water but only baptise (by total immersion) those that have repented of sin and come to a personal faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their saviour.
Although it is undoubtedly the case this is a marked distinction, there are a number of other matters that Baptist churches remaining faithful to the scriptures hold,that distinguish them from other churches.
One of the most important differences with Presbyterian churches is how the church is governed.
Bible believing Baptists only see in the scriptures independent local churches.
Simply we believe this means that each congregation of baptised believers in a local area form one whole church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Individual congregations should be independent in that there is no authority outside of that church.
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