Monthly Archives: April 2013

110 – April 20 – This Day in Baptist History Past


The Crippling of Evangelism


For years Thomas Collier was a Particular Baptist serving as a successful Evangelist/church planter in the west of England.  Collier’s labors were so blessed of the Lord that he was referred to as the Baptist “Apostle of the West.”  One faithful historian wrote: “Mr. Thomas Collier, a man of great moderation and usefulness; one who lived in those times, when preaching the gospel was attended with very severe trials . . .  H was imprisoned at Portsmith . . . “  Only two letters remain of his writing, and the one is dated April 20, 1646.  It is apparent that at that early date, Mr. Collier became concerned about a growing emphasis he saw among Baptists that would cripple evangelism.  In 1691, prior to the life of John Gill (1696-1771), Collier witnessed the tendency toward the growth of Antinomianism in England.  Though Baptists are not a “creedal” people, one must observe that our forefathers were surely a confessional people.  H. Leon McBeth explains the difference.  A confession affirms what a group of Baptists believe,  whereas a creed prescribes what members of a group must believe.  Confessions include while creeds exclude.  Our Baptist forefathers were careful to emphasize that confessions were only statements of mankind.  Antinomianism may be defined: As “the belief that the moral law is not binding on Believers, we are ‘under grace.’  This belief lulls a person into a sense of sinful security.


What we believe determines how we behave.  England today is spiritually dead as a result of Calvinism that predominated in the course of time.  America is following suit.


Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History  III (David L. Cummins) p.p.  229   –   230


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109 – April 19 – This Day in Baptist History Past


The “Great Awakening” was an amazing movement of God’s Holy Spirit of which it has been written, “There are few instances in history of transformations of religious life so profound and so widespread during so short a period.”  Though the movement was experienced primarily in New England, in the course of time, through the ministry of the Separate Baptists, the so-called “Bible Belt” in the southern states of America was the primary benefactor. However, there is no doubt that the “Great Awakening” left its impact in Baptist Churches, and all other religious groups, throughout America.  Revivals had significant role in spiritual and physical growth as revealed in the history of the First Baptist Church of Cape May.  It had never been a large church, as Morgan Edwards reported that there were about 90 families in  the congregation on April 19, 1790, “whereof 63 persons are baptized and in the communion which is here administered every other month.”  There were periods of growth in that work that came during “revival meetings.”  The first such services were called “protracted meetings,” and they were usually held during the winter months when farmhands and fishermen experienced an idle season. One of the secrets of success in these meetings was the fact that they usually began with an appointed day for fasting and prayer.  At times cottage prayer meetings were held prior to the meetings as well.  In 1839, sixty-eight were baptized and united with the church.  In 1849 another 29 converts were saved, baptized, and added to the church.  With the infiltration of German rationalism, revivalism as such began to wane, and today it is tragic to report that many churches are pleased to merely maintain their membership.


**(And if one of the maintained would leave due to the preaching of God’s word straight and true, how The membership rants and raves at the pastor, yet there is little or no concern about reaching the lost and bringing them into the flock. ** True revival will cause an “Awakening” of the believers gratitude for his salvation, and an urgency for the salvation of the lost.)


**Editors note


Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History  III (David L. Cummins) p.p.  227   –   228



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108 – April 18 – This Day in Baptist History Past


A Teenager in Prison


Andrei Yudintsev, teenager in the Russian gulag, was eighteen when he and his friend, Vladimir Timchuk, were arrested during the Thanksgiving service at their Baptist church.  The lads thought they might spend a short time in the local jail or be fined, but soon they discovered they were going to be “tried” and a mandatory “guilty” finding would confine them for years in prison.  They were given prison terms of three and a half years.  Following a brief incarceration in the local prison, the two were transported to different prison camps.  On April 18, 1982, Andrei arrived in his camp where he worked as a welder.  For two years, he had no Christian fellowship, but one day he was told that a fellow believer had been brought in.  He rejoiced to meet Pavel Zinchenko and to discover that they had many mutual friends.  The men continually encouraged each other which made the burdens of prison almost tolerable.  In the course of time, a third believer, Vladimir Blasenko from Nikolaev, was also transferred into their camp. Vladimir had suffered severely for his faith, but his captors could not break his spirit. Valdimir was thrilled to discover that Andrei and Pavel had a New Testament, and he read late into the nights.  Andrei reported:  “At first it might seem that this was a waste of my youth, but when it was over, nothing remained except gratitude to the Lord and gladness.  David says in Psalm 33, ‘For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy Name.’”


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107– April 17 – This Day in Baptist History Past


A Special Invitation to Pastor



He preached from prison


 We read a great deal about Pastor Thomas Ewins in the Broadmead Records (the minutes)  of the “Baptized Congregation” in Broadmead, Bristol, England. Here is an excerpt from the history page:


Late in 1651, a certain Mrs. Hathway, wife of a Bristol brewer, went to Wales to hear the, by now, famous preacher and was convinced that this eminent man would be suitable to be the Pastor in Bristol.


At first, he did not want to come, but by a special invitation extended to him by the Mayor and Aldermen plus the Steward of Bristol in pursuance of an Act of Parliament, he settled in the church appointed as a lecturer and teacher.


In June of 1661, Mr. Ewins was summoned before the Mayor and charged to preach no more. He was arrested on the 12th of August 1661 and imprisoned in his own home. For his continued disobedience of the Law, as it then stood, he was in and out of the prison situated at Newgate Hill (now the site occupied by The Galleries where the linking footbridge leads to the new Castle Park). He was often seen preaching from a high-up window in the prison to the passers-by below. Eventually, he, and several other dissenting ministers were baptised in the River Frome at Baptist Mills in 1667.


Mr Ewins died on April 26, 1670 , aged 53 years.


Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from:




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Certainly the deaths and those injured at the Boston Marathon is an horrific tragedy. Life is not precious to so many people today. There is a general coarsening of humanity and the inhumanity of man to man is rising to the forefront of our daily living.



We mourn and weep and pray for all those whose lives have been torn asunder. Our hearts are broken because tragedies seem to be increasing. We know that investigations are ongoing to find the perpetrators of these incidents.



What drives the heart of the man that would indiscriminately kill and maim young and old, male and female? Evil. God in Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. This evil heart of man brought on the flood. We find later that this evil heart brought about the destruction of Sodom and her sister city. Evil is not new.



What is pushing this evil heartedness. It happens when man turns away from God. Man removes the laws of God from society and then wonders why evil is bound up in the heart of man. It is fairly clear that the more we remove God from society, evil grows. The further away from God man gets the more coarse and evil man becomes.



Now those that believe in God, worship God and try to live by the teachings of Jesus are being accused of possibly being the ones behind the Boston Bombing.



How can this be? We practice love for our fellowman, charity and benevolence. We practice compassion for the unfortunate and assistance where help is need. What law is there against these practices. All others have the right to think, practice and believe as they want. We that believe in God are laughed at and ridiculed because we hold the beliefs that have been held according to God’s Word and have been honored for several thousands of years.



Now the media would like to label us as dangerous, radical terrorists that would bomb innocent people. Their notion and labeling is radical and speaks of devious and jealous heart.



There is the problem. A lack of God. “The fool hath said in his heart there is no God!


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106 – April 16 – This Day in Baptist History Past


The Fruit of Compromise



The name of Dr. Peter Bainbridge should have gone down in Kentucky Baptist history as one of the distinguished leaders.  Peter was saved in his youth, and baptized by Reverend Joseph Reese on December 11, 1784. His training in theology was excellent, and he was ordained six years later on April 4, 1790, by Reverend Edmund Botsford.  He was trained in theology and medicine, serving both as pastor and physician.  With all these gifts, he married into wealth.  Eleanor McIntosh was the only daughter of General Alexander McIntosh.  Her father brought his wealth to America from Scotland and had been commissioned a General in the American Revolution. Eleanor was his heiress and had been reared in polished society.  After their marriage Peter practiced medicine and preached in South Carolina, Maryland, New York, and finally in Kentucky.  Though Peter doubtless loved the Lord and His Word, he did not hold firmly to standards of separation.  For instance, believing that music and dancing, under prudent restraints, were not inconsistent with purity of heart, he allowed his daughter to attend dancing parties, and to dance.  Peter was censured by the Elkhorn Association in Kentucky in 1798, but far worse than that, his daughters did not follow the Lord.  As old age approached, on April 16, 1819, Peter wrote the following to one of his daughters:    “My dear Ruthy, I want you to get religion  –  an interest in the blessed Jesus.  Lord!  How can I bear the thought of your being left behind?  O, that God would enlighten your mind, and pour His pardoning love into your soul, that we may all, at last . . . meet in a better world, never to part again!   May God give us pastors who are willing to be as narrow minded as God’s Word!


Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from: “This Day in Baptist History III”  David L. Cummins. pp. 220 – 21.



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Life is the Time to Serve the Lord


James Greenwood certainly fulfilled the qualifications of a bishop and steward in being blameless and faithful until his death on April 15, 1815. Notwithstanding his excellent character did not keep him from being persecuted along with his other brethren in their service to the Lord.


Semple tells us that “in August 1772, James Greenwood and William Loval were preaching not far from the place where Bruington Meeting House now stands, in the county of King and Queen, when they were seized and, by virtue of a warrant, immediately conveyed to prison.”
Before the constitution of the Bruington Church the Baptists of the neighborhood met in a local barn. Later an arbor was erected where they might meet. It was here while James Greenwood and William Loval were preaching that they were arrested, and were conveyed to the King and Queen county jail. While being led to the jail they began to sing: “Life is the time to serve the Lord” and they gave notice that they would preach the next Lord’s Day from the jail windows.
The hymn that Greenwood and Loval sang challenges the Christian of today to use the time that God has given him or her to accomplish the work of Christ regardless of the hardships of this life. The hymn that they sang was written by Isaac Watts and may be found in The Baptist Hymnal of 1883 Edited by William H. Doane and E. H. Johnson.


Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 153-154.


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104 – April 14 – This Day in Baptist History Past


An Outstanding Early Black Pastor



Thomas Paul was born on September 3, 1773, in Exeter, New Hampshire. The names of his parents and their role in the community are not known. In 1789, at the age of sixteen, Paul converted and was then baptized by the Reverend Mr. Locke, and he began preaching at the age of twenty-eight. He traveled and preached for three years before settling down. In 1804 he made Boston, Massachusetts his home. A year later on May 1, 1805, Paul was ordained at Nottingham West, New Hampshire, and during the same year he married Catherine Water-house.


On August 8, 1805, twenty-four African American members met in Master Vinal’s schoolhouse and formed the congregation known as the First African Church. The white church members’ response to the separation of African American members was minimal. Boston’s two white Baptist churches assisted the congregation in its early stages and encouraged its growth. Finally, on December 4, 1806, Thomas Paul was installed as pastor of the First African Church, which was later renamed the Joy Baptist Church.


Paul presented a plan in 1823 to the Baptist Missionary Society of Massachusetts, to improve the moral and religious condition of the people of Haiti. His plan was enthusiastically accepted and he was sent as a missionary for six months. During his stay, President Boyer of the Republic of Haiti gave Paul permission to preach at public gatherings. He successfully reached many through his missionary work, but because of his lack of knowledge regarding French languages his overall success was limited.


Thomas Paul passed into the presence of his Lord on April 14, 1831.


The First African Church was an important part of the African American Boston community as it addressed issues and concerns of the day.




Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: Paul Thomas (1773–1831) – Minister, missionary, Organizes Independent Black Churches in Boston and New York, Missionary Work in Haiti – J Rank Articles





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103 – April 13 – This Day in Baptist History Past


She Saw That He Was a Proper Child


Spencer H. Cone, D.D., was, by nature, a man of mark, and would have been a leader in any sphere of life. He was born at Princeton, N J., April 13, 1785. His father and mother were members of the Hopewell Baptist Church. His father was high-spirited and fearless, noted for his gentlemanly and finished manners. At the age of twelve he entered Princeton College as a freshman, but at fourteen he was obliged to leave, when in his sophomore year, in consequence of the mental derangement of his father and the reduction of the family to a penniless condition; they went through a hard struggle for many years. Yet the lad of fourteen took upon him the support of his father and mother, four sisters and a younger brother, and never lost heart or hope.


When about fifty years of age he said in a sermon: ‘My mother was baptized when I was a few months old, and soon after her baptism, as I was sleeping on her lap, she was much drawn out in prayer for her babe and supposed she received an answer, with the assurance that the child should live to preach the Gospel of Christ.


He spent seven years as a teacher, first in the Bordentown Academy, having charge of the Latin and Greek department, and then he became assistant in the Philadelphia Academy under Dr. Abercrombie. For about forty years he was a leader in Home and Foreign mission work.


His salvation came from purchasing The Life of Newton in a book store, read the simple plan of salvation, saw himself as a hell bound sinner and received Christ as his savior. In the prime of his life Cone was said to have been the most popular clergyman in America.




Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: Thomas Armitage, A History of the Baptists; Traced by their Vital Principles and Practices, from the Time of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to the Year 1886 (New York: Bryan, Taylor, & Co., 1887), pp. 893-918



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102 – April 12, 1682 – This Day in Baptist History Past

They Sought a Place of Refuge

Jailed for refusing to pay a bond

William Screven emigrated to Boston from Somerton, England, about the year 1668. He moved to Kittery in the Province of Maine. After Massachusetts acquired the area of Main, the authorities began to watch Screven closely because of his Baptist views.

Ultimately, Screven was charged first with not attending meetings on the Lord’s Day. Later he was charged with making blasphemous speeches against the “holy order of pedobaptism.” After spending some time in jail for refusing to pay a bond of £100.

On April 12, 1682, he was brought before the Court at York, and the examination resulted as follows:

This Court having considered the offensive speeches of William Screven, viz., his rash, inconsiderate words tending to blasphemy, do adjudge the delinquent for his offence to pay ten pounds into the treasury of the county or province. And further, the Court doth further discharge the said Screven under any pretence to keep any private exercise at his own house or elsewhere, upon the Lord’s days, either in Kittery or any other place within the limits of this province, and is for the future enjoined to observe the public worship of God in our public assemblies upon the Lord’s days according to the laws here established in this Province, upon such penalties as the law requires upon his neglect of the premises.”

Screven and his associates had now come to the conclusion that if at Kittery they could not have freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences, they must seek that freedom elsewhere.

Dr. Dale R. Hart: Adapted from: Baptist History Homepage , ( Rev. William Screven and the Baptists at Kittery , By Henry S. Burrage, 1904 ) pp. 18-19


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