Moriah Primitive Baptist Church

Madison County, Georgia


Frequently Asked Questions


1. Why do you call yourselves the Moriah Primitive Baptist Church?

Moriah Primitive Baptist Church traces its lineage from Colonial America, through Europe, back to the New Testament churches found in the Book of Acts. Churches in this lineage have been called by several names over the years. The name Primitive Baptist became popular in the early 1800’s which is when our church was founded.

The word Church was selected to convey the concept of a local body of believers. We are directed and administered by our membership, without authority from outside bodies or resolutions, Jesus Christ being our Head and only law giver.

The word Baptist was selected to convey the concept of immersion. The immersion of a repenting believer in water is a requirement for membership into our local church.

The word Primitive was selected to convey the concept of original and simplistic. Original in that our doctrine can be traced back two millenniums to the churches recorded in scripture, and simplistic in that our worship consists of singing, preaching, and praying only.

The word Moriah was selected simply to distinguish our local church from Primitive Baptist Churches in other geographic locations. We speculate the name was chosen in remembrance of the place where Abraham sacrificed (Gen 22:2, Heb 11:17); however, we now find the name appropriate in that the street where our meeting house is located is called Moriah.


2. Are all Primitive Baptist Churches the same?

I suspect all Primitive Baptist Churches are alike in many ways; however, because we have no national counsel or papal head we are not identical. For instance, some Primitive Baptist Churches fellowship with other regional Primitive Baptist Churches in a formal alignment called an association, and many Primitive Baptist Churches do not belong to associations. Moriah does not belong to an association. Another example, most Primitive Baptist Churches wash feet following their communion service, and there are some that do not. Moriah observes the foot washing example.

Each church is locally governed and differences emerge as local bodies interpret scripture with their own convictions and understanding. This writing characterizes the faith and practice of Moriah Primitive Baptist Church. Readers should ask each church as to their faith and practice before joining. Act 1:13-25, 2:42-46, 2:1, 4:31-33, 6:2-6, 15:4; Matt 16:19; Col 3:1-15


3. What is the difference between Moriah Primitive Baptist Church and other Baptist Churches in Madison County, Georgia?

The most significant difference rests in our view of what each member of the trinity accomplished with regard to eternal salvation. We believe:

God the Father, before the foundation of the world, unconditionally elected a definite number of humanity into Jesus Christ and ordained them to eternal life and glory.

Rom 8:29-31, 9:11-13; Eph 1:4-6; 2Tim 1:9

Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, suffered and died in the room and stead of His elect only, and His elect are justified in the sight of God only by the imputed righteousness of Jesus Christ.

Act 20:28; John 10:11, 6:37-39; Heb 10:14; Matt 1:21; Eph 5:23-27; Rom 8:32-34, 9:23-24

Holy Spirit effectually calls, regenerates, and sanctifies all and only the elect of God.

John 10:27, 5:25, 6:44, 6:63; Eph 2:1, 1Pet 1:2; 2Cor 3:3; Titus 3:5-7


4. What is Moriah’s view of scripture?

We believe the scriptures of the Old and New Testament is the Word of God and our only rule for our faith and practice. We believe the Byzantine or received text is the written word of God in Greek, the Masorectic text is the Word of God in Hebrew, and the King James Bible of 1611 is the Word of God for English speaking people. The KJV is our only rule of faith and practice.

2Tim 3:16; 2Pet 1:19-21; Ps 119:128; 2Thes 2:15, 3:6; Prov 22:17-21; Ecc 1`2:9-13;

Matt 28:19-20; Ps 12:6-7; Is 30:8; Luke 21:33


5. Why does Moriah sing acappella (without instrumental accompaniment)?

We believe musical instruments to be an addition to the worship of God. Repeatedly, we find instruction to sing in the church, but never to play. We distinguish between an addition to the worship of God and an aid to worship. Song books aid our singing, whereas a piano is an addition to song. A communion plate aids in the distribution of bread, whereas leaven is an addition. A microphone aids in the preaching of the Word, whereas a Sunday school teacher is an addition.

Eph 5:19; Col 3:16; Rom 12:1-2; John 4:23-24; 1Cor 14:15; Amos 6:1-5; Is 5:11-12


6. Why does Moriah not offer Sunday School?

We believe common assembly to be the New Testament pattern for the worship of God. We find no precedent for the segregation of members by knowledge, age, sex, marital status, or any other criterion. Fellowship, exhortation, and personal teaching (ie., aged women teach the younger women) are commended and can take place in a variety of informal settings. But the formal worship of God takes place in a common assembly. We train parents to train their children.

Matt 11:25, 19:13-15, 21:15-16; Mark 9:36-37, 10:13-15; Titus 2:3-5; Eph 6:4


7. What kind of ministerial training does Moriah’s preachers receive?

A Primitive Baptist preacher (minister/elder) is chosen and ordained by a local church. If a man:

has proven his self faithful in conduct and in faith over a reasonable period of time,

has profitably exercised his preaching gift to the congregation,

has dedicated himself to the study of scripture (his curriculum),

has submitted himself to an experienced elder (his father in the ministry), and

has ministered with his father in the ministry (an apprenticeship).

We believe the description above is the New Testament pattern for ministerial training for this is the manner in which the apostles were trained and the apostles trained their sons in the ministry (ie., Timothy, Titus, Silas …).

Mark 6:30-31; John 6:5-13; Mark 6:51-52, 8:19-21; 1Tim 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9


8. Why does Moriah practice closed communion?

The word communion is a conjunction of the words common and union. We believe that members of Moriah Primitive Baptist Church have a common union one with another that does not exist with nonmembers. This common union speaks of an intimate fellowship at the church level and in no way reflects an exclusivity with regard to eternal salvation. This common union speaks of a submission and a service we have one to another that we do not require of nonmembers. We appreciate visitors and invite visitors to request this common union when convicted to do so.

1Cor 11:27-29; Act 2:41-42, 8:36-37; Rom 6:3-4; 1Cor 5:11, 10:16-21; 2Thes 3:14


9. Why does Moriah re-baptize individuals from nearly all other orders?

We believe a repenting child of God is to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. So we ask in the name of which Father were you baptized? The Father who predestinated an elect people to eternal glory, or a Father which makes eternal salvation an election? We ask in the name of which Jesus were you baptized? The Jesus who atoned the elect or a Jesus who offers atonement? And we ask in the name of which Holy Ghost were you baptized? The Holy Ghost who changes hearts by the will of God or a Holy Ghost who changes hearts by man’s invitation? We re-baptize individuals baptized in the name of a different Father, Son, or Holy Ghost, as was Apollos’ circumstance.

Matt 28:19, Act 19:1-7, refer also to the answer of Question #3


10. Why do the members of Moriah wash feet after the observance of communion?


The first communion service was followed by a foot washing service. Upon completion of the first communion service, Jesus rose from the table and washed the disciple’s feet and said, “ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.”

The Apostle John defined God’s love toward us with God sending his Son to be propitiation for our sins. Moriah commemorates this act of love in our communion service. John then exhorted, “Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.” Moriah commemorates the giving of this command with foot washing.

John 13:14, 1John 4:10-11, 1Cor 10:16-21, 11:23-30; Gen 43:24, Judge 19:21


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