God’s Word is plain. A Baptist has only to read and obey. He need not be a scholar, or a philosopher, though he may be both. He has no trouble to explain away what is written. He can read it and go by it without embarrassment. He can afford to be plain, simple, straightforward and obedient, knowing if there is anything wrong about the teaching of the New Testament, he is not to blame for it. I am a Baptist because John was, Jesus was, the apostles were, the first churches were, and all the world ought to be.
James Bruton Gambrell (1841-1921) President of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1917-1920