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Though many people including Webster’s Dictionary refers Baptists as being Protestants, it is not correct to refer to them as such or to lump all non-Catholic denominations in one group and label them Protestant.

Historically, Baptists were never a part of the Roman Catholic Church or the Protestant Reformation and therefore can not be correctly called “protestors” or Protestants.

The word “Independent” means that the church is not a member of any council, convention or is a part of any hierarchy outside the local congregation.

An Independent Baptist Church would not be apart of a national organization that would exercise authority over the local church.

Biblically neither Deacons or Trustees are a governing body, or a “board,” but titles of special appointed servants who serve at the will of the pastor and congregation.

In a biblical church the pastor is the “overseers” or leaders of the congregation.

Its is true that many Baptists left the ranks of Protestant churches which were doctrinal unsound and apostate.

Independent churches have no organized organization over them in authority. Independent Fundamental Baptist churches have fellowship one with the other and often cooperate in such things as evangelism.

It originally applied through the 1700’s to Lutherans, and Anglicans.

Later Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Methodist were added to the lists of Protestants denominations.

3:8-13) are appointed from the local congregation and approved by the majority vote.

Many Baptist churches have Trustees, but their position was established in order to have legal “signatories” to sign legal documents of the church.

(For a explanation of the biblical role of deacons please go to pastor of the church is called by majority vote of the congregation.

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