Thus, the name “independent” means that the church patterns itself after the New Testament example and stands alone under the authority of the Bible. The Independent Baptist church has a congregational form of government with each member having the right of the vote and all the affairs of the churches are conducted by the local congregation following the guidelines of the New Testament.Independent churches have no organized organization over them in authority. Independent Fundamental Baptist churches have fellowship one with the other and often cooperate in such things as evangelism.Its is true that many Baptists left the ranks of Protestant churches which were doctrinal unsound and apostate.They left these churches because of their strong conviction the Word of God should not be compromised. The name Independent Fundamental Baptist Church is used traditionally by churches which pattern themselves strictly after the example of the early church as found in the New Testament.
Men meeting the Biblical qualification of deacons (servants) (1 Tim.These worldly churches still call themselves “Baptists” but in fact they do not believe or practice what true Baptists have historically believed and more importantly what the Word of God says.The true Independent Fundamental Baptists have no association or fellowship with these churches because they teach or practice things contrary to the New Testament.” Even some TV evangelists have referred to themselves as being “fundamentalist.” But they should not be confused with Fundamental Baptists. Many of the TV evangelists and all of the Charismatic and Pentecostal churches promote teachings which are not Biblical.
(See Acts , Hebrews 13:7) The word “Fundamental” means that the Baptist church uses the New Testament strictly as its authority for faith (doctrine) and practice.