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Each letter that form the word "B-A-P-T-I-S-T-S" stands for a particular belief. These beliefs are commonly referred to as the "Baptist Distinctives." These eight distinctive doctrines are the core of the basics which all Baptists believe. While not designed that way, they fit this acrostic. Independent Baptists arrived at these distinctives through careful study of the Bible. That is why these teachings might more precisely be called "Biblical Distinctives of Baptists" rather than "Baptist distinctives." These teachings emerged as Baptist distinctives because individual Baptist churches have consistently and independently held to them, not because some group of Baptist leaders composed the list and then imposed the distinctives on local churches. Baptists are people of "the Book" above everything else. And Baptists enjoy a priceless heritage of generations who have exalted God's Son, our Saviour, and have proclaimed God's inspired Word. I pray you will be blessed in studying the biblical "Baptist distinctives" of Bible-believers that I have laid out in this book. If you have a sincere desire to know God and understand His word in a deeper way, some of the basics are in this book. Seek not only to learn doctrine, but to experience God and receive instruction from the Holy Spirit and you will not be disappointed. We will now look at those biblical principals and practices that distinguish Baptists from Catholics, Protestants and all cults. Daystar Publishing