The New Testament places great emphasis upon the Local Church. From Acts Two and onward, wherever one looks, in everything from spiritual nurturing to world evangelism, the Local Church is the center and compass of God’s dealings with His people. One would be pressed to find a single example of work or ministry described in the Bible that was independent of the Local Church. It is a great and glorious emphasis, and Independent Baptists have generally been unique in giving it its proper place.
The late Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries saw the rise of Landmark Baptist Churches in the USA. Extreme forms of this movement taught the necessity of baptismal succession back to John the Baptist, and that only Baptists who can so trace their own succession are in the Body/Bride of Christ.
The Local Church is a glorious New Testament truth, but like all other doctrines, it is possible to take it further and make claims for it that the Bible does not make.
About the Author
J.A. Moorman has written the following scholarly books defending the King James Bible and the Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek words that underlie it:
1. When the KJV Departs from the "Majority Text."
2. Early Manuscripts, Church Fathers, and the Authorized Version.
3. Forever Settled
4. Missing in Modern Bibles-The Old Heresy Revived.
5. Samuel P. Tregelles-The Man Who Made the Critical Text Acceptable to Bible Believers.
6. 8,000 Differences Between the Textus Receptus and the Critical Text.
7. Bible Chronology: The Two Great Divides.
8. The Biblical and Observational Case for Geocentricity.
10. Genesis to the Exodus
These well-documented works and are replete with evidence which he has gleaned from his own resources as well as references found in the British Museum, British Library and other libraries in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
He has been the pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in London, England since 1993. A great deal of his time, and on a nearly daily basis, is spent in distributing Gospel Literature on the crowded streets of London and beyond. May God bless his unfailing service to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Table of Contents
Abridged Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS. 3
CHAPTER 1: Reasons Given In Support of the Revised Landmark View. 11
CHAPTER 2: Reasons Given In Support of the Common View. 37
CHAPTER 3: Post Pentecost Names Given to the Church 67
Select Bibliography.. 89
SCRIPTURES REFERENCED.. 91
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 101