"From a Greek word signifying (1) a choice, (2) the opinion chosen, and (3) the sect holding the opinion. In the Acts of the Apostles (5:17; 15:5; 24:5, 14; 26:5) it denotes a sect, without reference to its character. Elsewhere, however, in the New Testament it has a different meaning attached to it. Paul ranks “heresies” with crimes and seditions (Gal. 5:20). This word also denotes divisions or schisms in the church (1 Cor. 11:19). In Titus 3:10 a “heretical person” is one who follows his own self-willed “questions,” and who is to be avoided. Heresies thus came to signify self-chosen doctrines not emanating from God (2 Pet. 2:1)." (see here)
Heretics, schismatics, are also known as sectarians.
1. of or pertaining to sectaries or sects.
2. narrowly confined or devoted to a particular sect.
3. narrowly confined or limited in interest, purpose, scope, etc. (see here)
The "Primitive Baptist Church" manifests a party spirit, a characteristic of a cult. Their history is one in which factions have multiplied, each declaring the other in disorder by their "declarations of non-fellowship." It reminds one of the apostolic warning - "But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another." (Gal. 5: 15)
I have thought about how I could never again be a part of such a sect. If I chose to preach with sermon notes, I would be crucified. If I supported Bible classes and ministerial education, I would be cast off. If I supported musical instruments in the church, I would be viewed as a reprobate. If I did not spend half my time talking about how I could not preach, about how unworthy I was, I would be rejected. If I called upon sinners to repent and believe the Gospel in order to be saved, I would be esteemed the worst of heretics. If I said anything that was not already established as "the" accepted dogma of the sect, I would be "called on the carpet."
Hardshells, according to their own statistics, exclude more than they receive as members. They are even fond of the adjective "strict" when applied to them. There is very little mercy, compassion, and tolerance among them. Again, anyone familiar with their history knows this to be true.
What is ironic about all this is the fact that they think they are the one and only "kingdom of God" on earth and that all other Christian churches are of "antichrist." They will not cooperate with other Christians but spend all their time denouncing all others and extolling themselves. For my own self, I am glad to be free from this cult and work and pray for others to be delivered from them.
"Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone." (Hosea 4: 17)