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On the Road Looking for God’s True Church

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As Polly and I travel the roads of Northwest Ohio, Southern Michigan, and Southeast Indiana, we are always on the lookout for God’s True Church®. Here are a few of the churches we stumbled upon during our travels.

All of the churches in this post are Baptist churches located in Monroe, Michigan — a city of 21,000 people. Polly and I have never seen this many Baptist churches in a Northern community this size, especially when you consider that this post does not list all of the Baptist churches in Monroe. Baptists in Monroe have a supermarket full of choices when it comes to theology and practice — everything from Freewill Baptist to Primitive Baptist.

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Evergreen Acres Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Jacob Clawson, pastor.  Facebook

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Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan No Web Presence

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Monroe Primitive Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Elders Tom and Randy Pitney

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Faith Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Brian Southerland, pastor Website

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Kentucky Park Missionary Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Kenny Goins, pastor No Web Presence

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First Freewill Baptist Church, Monroe, Michigan, Philip Wylie, pastor No Web Presence

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    It is common to see a bunch of competing churches in the South, but as you said, not as common in the North.

    I always wondered, what the heck is “primitive Baptist” church? Aren’t not Baptist churches primitive in beliefs anyway? It can get worse?

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      Bruce Gerencser

      Primitive Baptist Churches are also known as Hardshell Baptist Churches. Theologically, they are hyper-Calvinistic. The difference between a Calvinist and a hyper-Calvinist has to do things such as duty faith, the free offer of the gospel, evangelism, etc. Many Primitive Baptist Churches meet infrequently— sometimes only once a month. Their churches tend to be small, old, and white.

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    Thanks Bruce. That explains a lot.

    There sure are a heck of a lot of categories of Baptists!

    You know, reading Bart Ehrman’s books and some of the others I have read regarding the early church, I am appreciating more the massive undertaking the Catholic church accomplished in making a unified Christianity (though it did break into Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox in the 11th century). From 1 church to 2 and now tens of thousands of denominations – unbelievable how humans can find a,way to disagree in smaller and smaller increments.

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