Difference Between Baptist and Presbyterian

Baptist vs Presbyterian
 

Baptist and Presbyterian are two religious groups that show good number of differences between them when it comes to their beliefs and customs. Baptists believe that salvation can be attained only through one means, and that is faith in God. In other words, they say that faith in God alone leads one towards salvation or liberation from this world after death. On the other hand, Presbyterians believe firmly that God has already chosen whom to punish and whom to save. Hence, they believe in predetermination. However, some Baptist churches believe in predestination too. That is because even between Baptist churches there are differences in beliefs. This is a significant difference between the two religious groups. Let us find out more about each group.

Who is a Baptist?

Baptists baptize only those who have declared their faith for Christ. They do not baptize children. Baptists do not believe that Jesus died on the cross only for those who are chosen. Baptists say that the soul after the death of a person is torn between heaven and earth. In other words, they do not believe in purgatory.

On the other hand, the Baptists differ from the viewpoint of the Presbyterians. They believe in the means of God’s grace too. Moreover, the Baptist has spoken in favor of faith on God as the highest virtue a Baptist can possess. It is interesting to note that the Baptists do not speak much about the Holy Sacraments. On the other hand, the Baptists solely believe in the offering of prayers to the Christ alone. They do not believe in offering prayers to the Saints or even Mary for that matter.

Difference Between Baptist and Presbyterian

John the Baptist Church

Who is a Presbyterian?

Presbyterians baptize those who have declared faith in Christ as well as infants born into Christian houses. Presbyterians firmly believe that Jesus died on the cross only for those who are chosen. Although the Gospel of God is accepted by the Baptist, the Presbyterian believes that it is the sole source to prove the glory and the sovereignty of God or the Almighty.

When it comes to the soul, the Presbyterians do not talk much about the soul being torn between heaven and earth. Instead, they say that the Lord’s Supper and the Baptism are but the real symbols of God’s grace. They do not accept the fact that the Lord’s Supper and the Baptism are the actual means of God’s grace.

Further, scriptures are given great importance by the Presbyterians, but they do not say that scriptures alone are the sources of doctrines of Christianity. Instead, they say that along with the scriptures the human reason too plays a vital role in the realization of the doctrines of Christianity. Human reason is as good and effective as the scriptures according to the philosophy of the Presbyterians. In fact, this is one of the main differences between the two religious groups, namely, Baptist and Presbyterian.

Also, Presbyterian does not say that the communion is the actual body and blood of Christ. They say that communion is just the symbols of God’s body and blood. As a matter of fact, Presbyterians do not say that faith in God is the savior of human being. The understanding of the Holy Bible is recommended by the Presbyterian through the study of the Gospel. In fact, they say that the central teaching of the scriptures is nothing but the glory of God.

 Baptist vs Presbyterian

First Presbyterian Church of Redmond

What is the difference between Baptist and Presbyterian?

• Baptism:

• Baptists are those who believe that only those who have declared faith in Christ should be baptized.

• Presbyterians are those who believe that those who have declared faith in Christ as well as infants born into Christian families should be baptized.

• Salvation:

• Baptists believe that salvation can be attained only through one means, and that is faith in God.

• Presbyterians believe firmly that God has already chosen whom to punish and whom to save.

• Scriptures:

• What is said in the bible is the final acceptance of the Baptist. Baptist does not go against the view of the bible.

• Presbyterian values scriptures but they give importance to human reason as well.

• Church Service:

• During Baptist church service you will not see the congregation reciting anything out loud together.

• In Presbyterian church service, you will see the congregation reciting prayers loud and together.

These are the important differences between the two religious groups, namely, Baptist and Presbyterian.

 

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  1. John the Baptist Church by  Cybjorg~commonswiki (CC BY-SA 2.5)
  2. First Presbyterian Church of Redmond by Orygun (CC BY-SA 3.0)
  • Badbrain

    Regarding the assertion that “Baptists believe that salvation can be obtained only through one means, and that is belief in God”, this is not correct. The Baptist belief is that, the only way to salvation is the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.