Evidently, the Baptist seemingly think that Paul was a Baptist preacher. They must, because they quote part of his doctrine and claim that they are right with God. If Paul was a Baptist preacher, then consider these contradictions:
First, there is a problem with Paul’s baptism. How could he be a Baptist preacher when his baptism was not received under the auspices and authority of a Baptist Church? Paul did not present himself to a Baptist Church, relate his experience of grace and request baptism (Acts 9, 22, 26). How could he be “a Baptist preacher” since he did not follow the “standard operating procedure” of Baptist Churches?
It is obvious that Ananias was not a Baptist preacher, for he told Paul, “And now why do you tarry? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (Acts 22:16). No self-respecting Baptist preacher would ever be guilty of telling a penitent believer, such as Paul was at the time, to be baptized to wash away his sins. Perish the thought!
Secondly, Paul would likely lose his ordination papers as a Baptist preacher, for he said that we are “baptized into Jesus Christ” (Rom. 6:3 f; Gal. 3:27). If Paul was a Baptist preacher, he could not preach his doctrine in Baptist Churches today. Just see how long you last in a Baptist Church after you tell them what Paul said about being “baptized into Christ.” Have you ever heard a Baptist preacher say, “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27)? Have you ever heard a Baptist preacher say that one walks “in newness of life” after he has been baptized into Christ?
Thirdly, Paul said to certain saints who have been made “free,” “You are fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:1-4). Baptists preachers today tell us that it is impossible to fall from grace. If Paul had been a Baptist preacher, he would not have said what he did about the very danger of apostasy (Rom. 8:12, 13 ff; 1 Cor. 10:1-2; 1 Tim. 4:1; 5: 11, 12; 2 Tim. 2:12, 16-18).
Fourthly, Paul said, “The churches of Christ salute you” (Rom. 16:16). Do you ever hear a modern day Baptist preacher talking like that? Not once did Paul ever say, “The Baptist Churches salute you.” Oh, how Baptist preachers wish he had! But he did not. And is it not strange that a man who was “a Baptist preacher,” and who wrote a major portion of the New Testament never once referred to or mentioned a “Baptist Church” of any kind, shape or variety?
Conclusion: No, Paul was not “a Baptist preacher.” Baptist preachers are sent and commissioned to baptize, but Paul was not (1 Cor. 1:17). Baptist preachers preaches Baptist doctrine; they are a member of a Baptist church. Those are things and titles unknown to Paul, unknown to the New Testament, unknown to the Word of God. Paul was not a Catholic pope, Cardinal, or Priest. Paul was not a Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Adventist, Mormon or any denomination. No! Paul taught the gospel of Christ (1 Cor 15:1-4), the doctrine of Christ (2 Jn 9), and was a member of the body of Christ, aka, the church of Christ, which Jesus was the head thereof (Eph 1:22,23 f; Col 1:18).