Posted: 08 Sep 2015 05:39 PM PDT
First Boston Meeting House
The Importance of Church Membership
Church membership at one time was much more important among fundamental Baptists than it seems to be in our day. As a case in point, we shall look at the record of the First Baptist Church of Boston. The church had been born in conflict, and many of the early members had been imprisoned for daring to establish such a witness in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. But the years passed, and we read of the second law of thermodynamics as it entered the spiritual realm. “the 9th mo 1684 Mr. Dingley & his daughter Recevd as members to comunion by letter of Recomendation. .. . . At A Church meeting September ye 13th 1685. It was agreed upon the Brother Drinker upon consideration of his neglecting to officiate in his place for A long time & still prsisting in soe doeing should be discharged from ye work & office of A Decon and be Admonished to his duty as a member. . . His admonition availed, for he was restored to his place as a member upon acknowledgment of his desertion and promise of Reforming. Hid did not long walk in fellowship with the church, but after two other admonitions, He was rejected for refusing to heare the Church according to the 18 Chap: Mathew: this was sollemly don 5th January 1695.” Church correction, for the most part, is tragically a thing of the past. Church membership in our day is but a badge of approval, and everyone is expected to join a church somewhere. Now the church is filled with unregenerate membership, and the church is no longer pure.
His last words were, “SWEET HOME,”
Charles Dutton Mallary was born in West Paultney, Rutland County, Vermont, on Jan. 23, 1801. He had deeply pious parents, especially his mother. He experienced the saving grace of Christ when he was sixteen during a revival. He was immersed into the fellowship of the Baptist church in West Paultney, Clark Kendrick pastor, in June of 1822. He graduated from Middlebury College in August 1817 and taught school for a year. He became burdened to preach the gospel and relocated in Charleston, S.C. where he began preaching and became licensed by the local church, and in 1824 received a call to pastor the First Baptist Church of Columbia, S.C., where he was ordained. On July 11, 1825 he married Miss Susan Mary Evans, the maternal granddaughter of the eminent preacher, Edmund Botsford. Susan died in 1834. He married again in 1840 to Mrs. Mary E. Welch. After two years he moved 20 miles southeast to pastor Beulah and Congaree Baptist Churches. In 1830 he accepted a call to the First Baptist Church in Augusta, GA. In 1834 he went to a church in Milledgevillle, GA, but because of poor health, only stayed for two years. At that point he began working with Mercer University where he served as agent from 1837-1839. With a passion to preach he accepted the position as Missionary for the Central Association. This was the most effective time of his ministry when he preached great revivals in the central area of Georgia. From 1840 – 1864 he lived in Twiggs and Sumter Counties and resided in Jeffersonville for many years ministering in a number of churches until 1848 when he was called to the LaGrange church, until 1852. He moved to Albany and because of poor health was unable to pastor but preached until the end in 1864 at the age of sixty-four. His last words were, “SWEET HOME,” (clapping his hands).
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. IIII: Cummins, pp. 47-48.