Lakeview Church
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Free Will Baptist

Who are Free Will Baptists?

Before Paul Revere made his famous midnight ride shouting, "The British are coming, the British are coming," Free Will Baptists were proclaiming the truth that "Jesus is coming."  Even before John Hancock penned his famous signature to the Declaration of Independence, Free Will Baptists were preaching that Jesus Christ came to set men free.  Free Will Baptists contributed to the rich spiritual heritage of America even before her birth as a nation.
Free Will Baptists' roots can be traced back to England as early as 1611.  In the United States, Free Will Baptists organized in two geographical areas almost at the same time.  Paul Palmer organized what is believed to be the first Free Will Baptist church in 1727 located in Perquimans County, North Carolina.  Further north in New Durham, New Hampshire, Benjamin Randall organized the first Free Will Baptist church in that area on June 30, 1780.  From these early beginnings, Free Will Baptists in America have had a continuing ministry.  Today, the National Association of Free Will Baptists is active in 42 states, and 14 foreign countries.
Free will Baptists share a common history and name and accept the Arminian theology of freedom of the will rather than the Calvanistic theology which teaches predestination and election.  Free Will Baptists believe in the General Atonement - that Christ died for all men and that whosoever will may come to Christ and be saved.
Free Will Baptist Colleges
California Christian College - Fresno, California
Welch College - Gallatin, Tennessee
Randall University - Moore, Oklahoma
Southeastern Free Will Baptist College - Wendell, North Carolina