He Accepted the Reproach of Christ
1818 – The legislature of New Brunswick, Canada passed an act stating that no avowed preacher of the gospel should have a seat in the legislature. A Baptist evangelist, Joseph Crandall, who was well known throughout the Maritime Provinces, was a member of the New Brunswick legislature. It was made clear to him that if he was in the pulpit the next Sunday that he would be dismissed from his legislative seat early in the week. The next Sunday found him behind the sacred desk, as he had chosen to forsake the legislative desk. His ministry and influence for Christ increased. He had chosen the reproach of Christ of greater value than the riches and fame of this world. Crandall’s mother died when he was only thirteen, and not long after his father followed her in death. Before departing his mother said, “Joseph, the Lord has a great work for you to do when I am gone.” These words so impressed him that they never left him. In New Brunswick he came under the influence of two great preachers, Harris Harding and Joseph Dimock, and Joseph saw himself condemned to endless mercy and saw the mercy of God as the only sure remedy through the Lord Jesus Christ. They saw in Joseph great potential and helped him get an education which eventually saw him ministering to multitudes and saw great numbers baptized. He stood against the doctrine of “vested rights” and in the right of the “selected few” to govern the many. To dissent from the church/state notions of the day was, in the judgment of some, treason against the laws of the land. Crandall stood as the bold and uncompromising advocate of equal rights.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 100.
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He Accepted the Reproach of Christ
No Protection for Hypocrites
The events surrounding the ministry of Isaiah Wallace of New Brunswick, was published in the Christian Messenger on March 29, 1871. Wallace was born in Hopewell, New Brunswick on Jan. 17, 1797, the first-born child of James and Catharine Wallace. Early on he trusted the Lord Jesus as his savior, and was baptized by immersion. As he reached maturity, God the Holy Spirit burdened him to preach, and he did so as the opportunity presented itself. He served as a pastor, agent for the Baptist College at Acadia, and an evangelist. Everywhere he ministered he experienced the hand of the Lord upon him, and the Baptist work greatly expanded throughout both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. How we need to pray that God will once again awaken that beautiful but spiritually destitute portion of North America. Often in his evangelistic crusades, Bro. Wallace would preach three times a day, baptize converts, serve communion and move on to another area to do the same thing, crossing bodies of water in cold weather and often walking for many miles. Many times multitudes were saved in his evangelistic meetings. At another time ministering in the northern portions of New Brunswick, he was able to establish the Campbellton Baptist Church. A lady of high social standing requested baptism. She had belonged to another communion and her friends discouraged her on the basis that she would surely endanger her health by going into the cold water. Her husband asked Rev. Wallace if he knew of any that he had baptized, taking cold, and Wallace, said, “No.” He then asked him if he had ever heard of anyone taking cold and Wallace said that T.S. Harding told him that out of a 1,000 converts that only one had caught a cold and that she was a hypocrite. The man said, “My wife is no hypocrite.” So he allowed her to be baptized without incident. Let us pray that Nova Scotia and New Brunswick will once again know the power of God.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins), pp.182-184.