Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 19, 2019

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 5, 2019


Question: “Who are the Independent Baptists, and what do they believe?”

Answer: Independent Baptists, often also known as Independent Fundamental Baptists (IFB), are a group that started within the greater Baptist denominations in the late 19th to early 20th century. At the time, many national Baptist denominations were moving away from biblical inerrancy and other conservative beliefs, leading many local churches to withdraw from denominational affiliation and take the “Independent” label. With their strong stance on the fundamentals of the faith, they also adopted the name “Fundamentalist.” For identification purposes, most IFB churches will advertise themselves as “Independent, Fundamental, Bible-Believing,” and, in some cases, “KJV-only.”

Many within the IFB movement claim to trace their origin to Jesus’ ministry. They point out that many groups through history maintained Baptist principles and were therefore “Baptist” in practice, if not in name. Groups identified as progenitors of the Baptist tradition include Messalians, Montanists, Novationists, Donatists, Paulicians, Waldenses, Albigenses, Lyonists, Arnoldites, Mennonites, and Anabaptists. In the seventeenth century, the name “Baptist” finally emerged.

Contemporary Independent Baptists believe in strict separation from the world and any church not associated with the Independent Baptist name. They refer to Ephesians 5:11, “Have nothing to do with fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them,” as a proof text for not associating with churches outside the IFB movement.

Independent Baptists interpret Scripture literally. They do claim to interpret based on the historical-grammatical context, but if a literal interpretation “makes good sense,” then that is the understanding they take from Scripture. They are conservative in their dress. They do not wear flashy clothes, and they tend to keep their social interaction within the IFB. Traditionally, they only sing hymns in their churches and reject the use of drums and recorded music. Most IFB churches use only the King James Version of the Bible. The Textus Receptus is the only collection of manuscripts that truly preserves the inspired Word of God.

Independent Baptist Churches believe the following “Independent Baptist Distinctives”:

1. The Bible is the authority in all matters of faith and practice.

This means that IFB churches do not look to creeds, confessions, or church councils to determine their doctrinal positions. They articulate their doctrine only from the Scripture and claim to operate their churches according to what is presented in Scripture and not based on tradition or denominational preference (2 Timothy 3:16).

2. The church is made up of saved, baptized believers.

This means that membership in the local church requires first putting personal trust in Jesus, which produces regeneration, and baptism by immersion. IFB churches reject infant baptism and sprinkling. Baptism is only appropriate after someone comes to faith in Jesus (Acts 2:41–42).

3. Strict separation of church and state.

“Independent” is part of their name for a reason. IFB churches believe that no one has authority over the church except Jesus Christ. The IFB rejects any governmental authority over the operation of the church (2 Corinthians 6:14).

4. The priesthood of believers.

IFB churches believe that each believer has the ability to interact with God on his or her own. No one is required to use a priest, as in the Old Testament, to connect with God. The believer can “approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

5. The autonomy of the local church.

This doctrine supports the idea that the local church of baptized believers is the highest ecclesiastical authority on earth. In matters of church polity and procedure, the local church is not subject to civil authorities or denominational conventions. Each local church is self-governing.

Many Independent Baptists follow the church government model of congregationalism. Each member is allotted one vote on all matters concerning the church. Even though the pastor is the established leader of the church, no decision is made for the church without it first coming to a vote before the entire congregation. Congregationalism rejects using boards and associations for governing the affairs of the church. This model is based on the belief that all believers are priests and capable of making decisions that will direct the local church.

For the most part, Independent Baptist Churches are preaching the Word of God faithfully and hold to the essentials of the gospel.


Pastor Terry Hagedorn

Mountain Manna Ministry

490 Woodside Old Frame Road

“Pointing Mountaineers To Mount Calvary”

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 4, 2019


1. Division amongst the church.

2. Deceit: Conspiring. Conniving. Contriving.

3. Disenfranchising members from their right to vote.

4. Denying church membership to people for NO reason—other than stacking the vote.

5. Disrespecting the Pastor Emeritus. If the election to make me Pastor Emeritus was not legitimate, then why is the election of Tom Green legitimate?

6. Defaming and “church disciplining” a Deacon and his wife because they dared to question the despot pastor.

7. Disdain for the older folks in the church.

8. Discarding—willingly—more than fifty percent of the church by making staying so onerous that the flock was scattered.

9. Dissimulating with the disgruntled parasitic Living Hope Baptist Church.

10. Dictating to people how to live and to whom they may speak—I.e. dispensing the grape Kool Aid.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | July 3, 2019


I resigned from Calvary Baptist Church one year ago, July 3, 2018. A sad day for me. I had pastored there one month short of 39 years.

After hearing a church leader’s wife gleefully whisper to a regular visitor that, “We are going to change the church’s name”, I requested a meeting with Pastor Tom Green. He told me that that’s what they were going to do. I told him to tell the church that I did not support the name change and that Goldie and I would resign from the church today. He said that he would tell the church that night. He didn’t…

“WE?” Did she have a frog in her pocket or what? I didn’t know about it. Over half of the church didn’t know about it! “Change the name of the church” that they had said the Lord led them to join? The church whose pastor had recommended a young, vibrant candidate to, who considered his candidacy to pastor, who extended a call to, who voted to keep me as a Pastor Emeritus and to call him as Pastor.

Would be members of the parasitic Living Hope Baptist Church and young pastor advised me that a church name was not the church—the people are the church. “The name does not matter,” they explained.

I “foolishly” asked, “Well, if the name doesn’t matter, why change it?” (Especially since more than 50% of the true Calvary Baptist Church didn’t want to change the name… ) The vote to change the name and to take possession of Calvary Baptist Church failed by one vote. God voted.

Pastor Green had said it was God’s will to start Living Hope Baptist Church. Obviously, it wasn’t. If it is God’s will to start living Hope Baptist Church, so be it! But, why not go somewhere else and start it? Those who did not vote to change the name, the true Calvary Baptist Church, was scattered. It is wrong and the church will never be blessed like it was blessed.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 27, 2019


I wonder if any pro-life person has ever gone to a pro-abortion bakery and asked for a cake that says, “Abortion is murder! “? Why not?



Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 22, 2019


About a year ago, I overheard a church leader’s wife whisper and tell a regular visitor to our church, “WE are going to change the name of the church.” “We?” Most people were not aware of the takeover—just the parasitic Lying Hope Baptist Church.

Pastor had told me that HE was THINKING about changing the name. We discussed philosophically what a name means. I agreed that the name does not matter. However, IF IT DOES’T MATTER, WHY CHANGE IT? I was not “onboard” either name change or the property takeover. I wasn’t even on the dock.

Furthermore, the name of the church that interviewed him, called him and to whom he accepted a call was Calvary Baptist Church and not Lying Hope Baptist Church. There was and there is NO Living Hope Baptist Church. AND, with the evidence and statements of the scattered sheep, there will be NO Lying Hope Baptist Church. Don’t try me.

If it was God’s will to form Living Hope Baptist Church—as Pastor Green CLAIMED, then go somewhere else and do God’s will.

July 3, 2018 was the saddest day of my life and ministry. That was the day that I resigned my membership and ministry at Calvary Baptist Church.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 19, 2019


Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 19, 2019


The Red Sea Rules

If you’re ever in a place where you wonder “How in the world did I get HERE?? and How is God going to get me out of THIS ?! (or is He?) ” you need to check The Red Sea Rules out from the library or pick up a copy for yourself. I have a framed photo copy of the Red Sea Rules’ summary page where I can see it often – it’s that practical and helpful. Here are the ten Red Sea Rules, with a few comments.

Read Exodus 14

■ Realize that God means for you to be where you are.

God, in Exodus 14:1-2, gives Moses specific instructions of where they are to camp. It’s comforting in a strange sort of way to realize that the Lord MEANS for me to be right here right now. Okay, then, I should probably not squirm and try to get away. This one is usually the toughest for me to remember, or at least accept, but once that’s done, it’s a bit easier to move on to the rest.

■ Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.

Scripture is chock-full of situations where God received glory even in the midst of hard-times, the greatest of which was Calvary itself. History records thousands more. So why should my little life be the exception?

■ Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

■ Pray!

It’s how we express that we need God. It’s our way of telling Him how we feel, what we think we need, how much we need him, and to thank Him for what He’s provided (providing?)

■ Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.

His thoughts aren’t our thoughts (or should I say our thoughts are not His?) His ways and methods are not ours, and my timetable very seldom matches His. I’m most content when I let Him be God.

■ When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.

Just one step is enough. He’ll show the next step when it’s time. When I drive at night my headlights don’t shine all the way to my destination either; just far enough to see what’s next.

■ Envision God’s enveloping presence.

Talk about comforting! This one has changed my life! When I live my life fully aware that God is with me RIGHT here RIGHT now, it changes the whole equation in front of me. For a 17th century perspective on this concept consider The Practice of the Presence of God. It’s not an easy read but it will make you think…one of my favorites.

■ Trust God to deliver in His own unique way. God knows people I don’t know, had resources I’m unaware of, has perfect timing, and can see the long-term ramifications of all the scenarios I can think of. Maybe that’s why He uses His own ways and methods so often.

■ View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.

Every faith success builds strength. Every failure can too, if I pay attention. “Lord, make me stronger with this would, would you?”

■ Don’t forget to praise Him.

I wish I could have been there to hear Moses and the Israelites sing to the Lord after their deliverance, exalting Him. Even when He chooses not to intervene He is with us and brings us through. We always want to be the one who came back to say thank you, never the nine who forgot (Luke 17.11-19)

Did that whet your appetite? I hope so. It’s practical, useful and God-centered. You’ll appreciate it. I’d say check it out from the library first and take notes. Then if you want your own copy you can pick one up. I highly recommend The Red Sea Rules.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | June 18, 2019

Today’s Verse for 06/18/2019

Today’s Verse for 06/18/2019

O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. — Jeremiah 10:23 (KJV)


While we may have goals and a sense of mission about our lives, our lives are not really ours to plan. Every day must be greeted as a gift from God. Every goal must ultimately be pursued to his glory. Every true sense of direction is a gift to us from our Father’s Word or his Spirit.


Wise and loving Father, lead me by your Holy Spirit. Fill me with your holy wisdom. Guide me into a more complete understanding of your will for my life. Please give me the wisdom to live each day with character and holy grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.



The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to

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