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Sounds of Fundamentalism: I’m a Baptist, Not a Protestant, Says IFB Pastor Cody Zorn

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Today’s Sound of Fundamentalism is a video clip of Cody Zorn, pastor of Bible Missionary Baptist Church in Rockwell, North Carolina, explaining how Baptists have never been Protestants. This pseudo-historical nonsense is quite common among IFB churches and pastors. Baptists — the right kind, anyway — are True Christians®, the thinking goes.

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    When you hear something like this and realize that there are a significant number of people in our country who look up to and take the advice of someone like this who is so solidly steeped in bigotry and ignorance, it’s disturbing. These folks vote. These folks believe bigotry is ok. They like and support leaders who sound like this – ignorant and bigoted – and they don’t like educated, eloquent leaders who promote learning about other groups and their needs and cultures. Is it any wonder that these folks flocked to Trump and supported him en masse?

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    Michael Mock

    Wow. That’s right up there with “We’re not really a denomination, we just read the Bible,” for things that are self-evidently bullshit.

    Sorry, Pastor Zorn, but unless you’re Orthodox then there is no version of history that supports your claim.

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      Michael Mock

      You know, now that I think of it, I heard much the same claim from a couple of LDS missionaries back in the day: that they didn’t think of themselves as branching off from modern Christian denominations, but as a return to the original worship of the time of Jesus. It actually makes more sense for them, since they’re claiming to have had direct access to additional inspired texts.

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    The historical arguments for the “Trail of Blood” are just pretty much non-existent, trying to connect the dots between the early Church and modern IFBs through a litany of Christian heresies/sects, none of whom would recognize modern Baptists (IIRC the Donatists were listed, and their soteriology is even farther removed from Baptist soteriology than Catholic soteriology is). My former pastor (from my days attending an IFB) introduced me to this pseudo-history, and it’s just like (facepalm). It kind of explains the general lack of understanding amongst Baptists of ways of reading the Bible that are older than 200 years old, and classical forms of Christian thought, especially Catholicism/Eastern Orthodoxy (which, even when they do receive a fair characterization and response by Baptist preachers, it’s probably apt to be at only be at a shallow Wikipedia level).

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