Baptist beliefs on interracial dating
As the organized church gradually adopted new practices and doctrines, the dissenting churches maintained their historical positions. 401, with the fifth Council of Carthage, the churches under the rule of Rome began teaching and practicing infant baptism.
The consistent testimony of the church for its first 400 years was to administer baptism to only those who first made a profession of faith in Christ. As a result, the separatist churches began re-baptizing those who made professions of faith after having been baptized in the official church.
These Anabaptist congregations grew and prospered throughout the Holy Roman Empire, even though they were almost universally persecuted by the Catholic Church.
By the Reformation, Martin Luther's assistants complained that the Baptists in Bohemia and Moravia were so prevalent, they were like weeds.
This group became known as General Baptists, for their Arminian belief in general atonement.
Another English Baptist church was formed after a schism from Henry Jacob's congregation in London in 1633.
In fact, Paul soundly rebuked the Corinthians for such divisions (1 Corinthians 3:1-9).
Thus, the characteristics that defined the earliest churches are the same that most Baptist churches identify with today. While many churches surrendered themselves to this new structure, there was a substantial number of dissenting churches who refused to come under the growing authority of the bishops.
These dissenting churches were first called “Puritans” and are known to have had an influence as far as France in the 3rd century.
From this point on, the various Anabaptist churches gradually lost their ancient names and assumed the name “Baptist,” though they retained their historic independence and self-rule.
The first English Baptist church was founded in 1612 by Thomas Helwys and John Murton, who had come under the influence of the Dutch Puritans in Amsterdam.