Elkin church voted out because of baptism policy
November 9 2001 by Steve DeVane , BR Managing Editor

Elkin church voted out because of baptism policy | Friday, Nov 9, 2001

Friday, Nov 9, 2001

Elkin church voted out because of baptism policy

By Steve DeVane BR Managing Editor ELKIN - The Elkin Baptist Association dismissed First Baptist Church of Elkin for accepting members who have not been baptized by immersion. Johnny Enloe, the association's director of missions, said the association voted 70-16 to dismiss the church. The vote came at the association's meeting Oct. 25 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Elkin.

William Johnson, pastor of Elkin First Baptist Church, declined to comment.

The dismissal came after the association voted at its spring meeting to change its constitution to say that association churches must receive as members only people who have been immersed.

The association's steering committee recommended that First Baptist Church be dismissed because they were out of compliance with the constitution.

The association and the church have discussed the issue for about a year and a half, Enloe said. During that time, the association asked the church to change its policy of accepting members who had not been baptized by immersion.

Enloe said he tried to stay neutral in the issue.

"The association had worked with them," he said. "The association did everything they could to keep this from happening."

In a letter to the association, the church indicated that it would prefer that the association dismiss it rather than withdraw, Enloe said. The church indicated that it would abide by the association's decision.

There was no discussion of the issue at the meeting Oct. 25, he said.

"I think it had gone on for so long that people knew what they wanted to do and knew what the Scripture said," Enloe said.

First Baptist was the association's second largest financial contributor, he said.

"I'm sure it may affect the association, but some other churches have indicated that they will increase their giving," he said. "It will affect us some for sure, but the people feel they've done what is right according to the Scripture."

Enloe said he hopes there will not be any animosity over the issue. The association told the church that it could re-apply for membership if it changes its policy.

"If you can do something like that in a Christ-like manner, it was done in a Christ-like manner," he said.

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