Springcrest Baptist Church in Houston TX is a church pastored by James Cobb. Pastor Cobb is at the least sympathetic to the New IFB, but the other pastor of the church, Enrique Reyes, is full-on in the New IFB.
This means that Reyes preaches new and strange doctrines not found in the scripture or in Independent Fundamental Baptist Churches in the past, such as replacement theology, a mid-trib rapture, and that Homosexuals cannot be saved.
Below is a video of Reyes discussing his agreement with these teachings.
See below, the post “What is the New IFB”, which explains what’s so wrong with the preaching in these churches.
In 2005, Steven L Anderson started Faithful Word Baptist Church, and began teaching a new and strange set of doctrines. With his charismatic personality and boldness in preaching his opinions, as well as an effective social media strategy, he has won many over to himself. He is admittedly attempting to change what it means to be an Independent Fundamental Baptist. Many have caught on, but some are still being convinced by his errors.
In 2018, the churches that follow Anderson branded themselves as the New IFB. Each preacher follows in lockstep with Pastor Anderson, and if they don’t they risk being kicked out. When members leave Faithful Word Baptist Church, Anderson brands them not only as unsaved and going to hell, but also as “reprobate”, which in Anderson’s theology means that they cannot ever get saved. They are bound to go to hell without a chance to change that. Pastors who leave the movement or upset Anderson are blacklisted, all mention of them is purged from the New IFB denomination’s website, and pastors within the movement are encouraged to preach against them and post videos discrediting them and criticizing their preaching. Often the same pastors who once criticized others who left the new IFB find themselves also leaving the New IFB and receiving the same treatment.
So what does the New IFB believe? There are several unique beliefs that Anderson holds to, which, as a result are part of New IFB doctrine.
First, they preach another gospel than Independent Fundamental Baptists do.
- The New IFB preaches that Jesus death and resurrection was not enough to save from sin. Instead, Jesus had to go and burn in hell where he paid for our sin there. (So much for “it is finished!”)
- The New IFB preaches that for certain people, they are unsaved, regardless of their faith in Jesus Christ. In other words, for these people, salvation is not by grace through faith. See below:
|Faithful Independent Baptists Teach:||The New IFB teaches:|
|►The KJV is the preserved word of God in English|| ►Pastors who use the NIV are not saved |
► You cannot get saved out of any Bible except the King James Version
|►The Bible is sufficient for a person to learn about salvation and be saved||►Nobody can get saved by reading the Bible. There must be a soul winner. If that person themselves is not saved (such as a pastor who uses the NIV) none of their converts can truly be saved either|
|►Women should not be pastors||►Women who are preachers are all not saved|
|►Anyone who believes on Jesus Christ may be saved|| ►Homosexuals cannot believe on Christ and be saved. Salvation is not open for them, even if they leave homosexuality. Even if they believe on Christ, they will go to hell|
►Evolutionary scientists are also reprobate (they cannot be saved no matter what)
|►Salvation is by faith alone|| ►If you leave the New IFB movement, you are not saved|
► If you disagree with the New IFB movement, you are not saved
Second, the New IFB preaches many things as scriptural doctrine, which are not in the Bible, nor have been taught by Independent Fundamental Baptists in the past. These include:
- Being in the US Military is a Sin
- The police should not exist
- The 9/11 attacks were a hoax
- Christians should not vote
- It is sinful to be vaccinated
- The holocaust did not happen
- Israel should not exist
- Jews run everything and ruin everything
- We should rejoice in mass shootings or other murders when the victims are people we consider to be reprobates (such as homosexuals)
- We should pray for people to go to hell
- God laughs at sending people to hell
- People who get saved will not change
- People need not repent to be saved
- Charging interest is always sinful
- Having a nursery at a church is wrong
- Having Sunday School is wrong
- Jesus Christ is literally the King James Bible. The King James Bible is literally God.
- Bible College is unscriptural and wrong
- Christians are supposed to keep the Old Testament Law
- If you use the name “Yeshua” instead of Jesus, you aren’t saved
- Men being gynecologists is sinful and wicked
- The rapture is not imminent/ Christ cannot come at any time
- Any and all forms of birth control are sinful
Some of the root differences between the New IFB and Independent Baptists come from the fact that they believe in replacement theology, and so take the Old Testament Laws given to the nation of Israel and apply them to New Testament Believers today. (This is what Calvinist Covenant Theology does as well) As a result of this, any understanding of the Bible that divides the Bible into parts that are “for Christians today” and other parts that are “not for Christians today” are rejected. This leads to them calling for so-called “righteous government” to be established that mirrors the Theocracy of Israel, executing people for the same capital crimes, such as blasphemy, disobedience to parents, and homosexuality. They then reject any prophetic purpose for Jews or Israel, apply Old Testament “clean and unclean” laws on Christians, and end up with a post-tribulation Rapture.
Additionally, Steven Anderson and his followers use lots of crass language, say the Bible teaches that men should urinate standing up, and preach a lot of conspiracies (like chemtrails and water fluoridation conspiracies)
For an excellent and short presentation which shows the cultlike and non-Baptist nature of the New IFB and Steven Anderson, watch the video below: