There are three basic distinctions of Baptists.
- Baptists only baptize those who have trusted Christ as their personal Savior. Baptism does not have any “saving power” but it simply and publicly identifies one as a “Believer.” It is similar to how a wedding ring identifies the commitment of those who are married.
- Baptists believe that churches should be autonomous (“self‑governing”). History has shown that it is better for a church and its leadership to be accountable to the local group of parishioners than to some distant religious organization.
- Baptists believe that Jesus Christ is the only and eternal Savior for mankind ‑ as the Bible says. The message of Christ in the Scripture is more important than any religious system or dogma.