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General Baptists are Baptists who hold the general or unlimited atonement view, the belief that Jesus Christ died for the entire world and not just for the chosen elect. General Baptists are theologically Arminian, which distinguishes them from Reformed Baptists (also known as "Particular Baptists" for their belief in particular redemption). The first Baptists, led by John Smyth and Thomas Helwys in the late 16th and early 17th century, were General Baptists. Under Helwys' leadership, this group established the first Baptist church in England at Spitalfields outside London.:9-10
The term is also used as a designation for specific groups of Baptists.:35 Some General Baptist organizations include:
Bessels Green Unitarian Chapel, near Sevenoaks in Kent; Billingshurst Unitarian Chapel in West Sussex; Brighton Unitarian Church in East Sussex; Chatham Unitarian Church in Kent; Ditchling Unitarian Chapel in East Sussex; Dover Unitarian Church in Kent; Meadrow Unitarian Chapel near Godalming in Surrey; Horsham Unitarian Church in West Sussex; Newport Unitarian Church, on the Isle of Wight; Nottage General Baptist & Unitarian Church near Porthcawl in Bridgend County Borough; John Pounds Memorial Church in Portsmouth, Hampshire; Taunton Unitarian Chapel in Somerset; Trowbridge Unitarians in Wiltshire and Wick General Baptist & Unitarian Chapel in the Vale of Glamorgan.
In addition, Free Will Baptists are General Baptists; opponents of the English General Baptists in Carolina dubbed them "Freewillers" and they later assumed the name. Freewill Baptist associations include:
General Baptists in North Carolina (the Palmer/Parker heritage) were often called "free willers" by their Regular (Reformed) Baptist neighbors. The name was becoming popular by the beginning of the nineteenth century, and in 1828 the group there adopted the name "Free Will Baptists." The reference, of course, was to the doctrine of General Atonement taught by the General Baptists.
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