April 9, 2012
Southern Baptists Used to Call Easter 'Worldly'
Stephen Wilson, Baptist Press
Southern Baptists originally did not attach much significance to Easter. This was much the same regarding Christmas. Both days were not recognized as a special day of worship in any of the historic Baptist confessions; allusions to them were rare in Baptist history volumes before the 20th century; and both holidays possessed an association with worldliness, and even paganism, in the minds of many Baptist ministers. Even as late as 1903, a writer for the North Carolina state Baptist paper, the Biblical Recorder, wrote an anti-Easter article that stated that "Baptists do not keep this day" (March 18, 1903).
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