Six Principle Baptists, a small religious sect which first appeared in this country as a separate organization in Rhode Island in 1639. Their church polity and views on baptism are the same as those of the Baptists. In doctrine they are Arminian. They oppose the payment of any regular salary to their preachers, and have never connected themselves with any missionary efforts, or benevolent or reformatory societies. They hold as their distinguishing doctrines the six principles laid down in Heb. vi. 1, 2, viz.: repentance from dead works; faith toward God; the doctrine of baptisms, of which they distinguish four kinds, viz.: John's baptism, the baptism of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost, the baptism of Christ's sufferings, and apostolic or Christian baptism, which alone remains since the resurrection of Christ; laying on of hands, which they regard as equally necessary with baptism; the resurrection of the dead; and eternal judgment. In 1874 they had 20 churches, 12 ordained ministers, and 2,000 members, mainly in Rhode Island.