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194 – July 12 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


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Catholics and Protestants both engaged in burning Baptists

Protestant reformers were sometimes as guilty of atrocities as the Romanists against the Baptists

and Anabaptists. Catholics and Protestants taught that tradition, reason and Scripture made it the

pious duty of saints to torture and burn men as heretics out of pure love for their holiness and

salvation. Protestantism told them that it was a sacred duty to slaughter those as schismatics ,

sectaries, malignants, who corrupted the Church and would not live in peace with the Reformed.

The sad instances of persecution practiced against the Baptists by the Protestants in King Edward

VI’s reign are in the Latin version of Foxe’s Book of Martrs but were left out of his English

edition in order to protect the reputation of some of the martyrs of Queen Mary’s day who had

persecuted the Baptists during Edward’s reign. John Rogers, one of Foxe’s friends, called for

the death of those who opposed the baptism of infants. It was reported that Rogers declared

“That burning alive was no cruel death, but easy enough.” It is believed that Foxe responded

that Rogers himself may be the first to experience this mild burning. And so it was, Rogers was

the first to be burned when the Catholic Queen Mary came to the throne. During the last year

of Edward’s reign Humphry Middleton was cast into prison by the Archbishop. After Bloody

Mary arose to power, the bishops were cast into prison and Middleton was burned at Canterbury

on July 12, 1555. The time of baptism as well as the mode was debated at this time because

some of the Protestants immersed. So the issue was believer’s baptism v infant baptism. During

Mary’s reign the prisons were crowded because both of these positions were anathema to the

Catholic Mary. None was recorded by Baptists.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 285-86.

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Redeemed by His Blood


 

1 Peter 1:18, 19

 

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers,” 1 Peter 1:18.

 

 

Recently, research has been done into how much of a difference parental financial involvement during college makes when it comes to a student’s academic achievement. The results might surprise you. Researcher Laura Hamilton (University of California—Merced) discovered that the more parental aid given to the student, the lower the student’s GPA. Conversely, the more students must sacrifice to pay for their own college, the better their grades. The research seems to follow a principle Jesus taught in Matthew 6:21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

 

We all go through moments in which we may forget the significance and power of being called the children of God. From time to time, we may treat sin with nonchalance or disregard the commands of God in pursuit of our own desires. It is in these moments when we need to be reminded of the high price that was paid for our salvation. God did not simply collect a sum of money to purchase us. He moved Heaven and earth, setting up His Son from before time began, to spill His blood on Calvary to purchase us. We enjoy the blessings and benefits that come from being children of God because Jesus was willing to lay His life down, becoming the sacrificial lamb who was executed for the forgiveness of sins. Jesus bought us with His blood. If we ever stop treasuring Christ, our hearts will begin to drift far from Him.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT – Will you treasure Christ today?

 

Mark Clements

 

 

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193 – July 12 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

Catholics and Protestants both engaged in burning Baptists

 

Protestant reformers were sometimes as guilty of atrocities as the Romanists against the Baptists and Anabaptists. Catholics and Protestants taught that tradition, reason and Scripture made it the pious duty of saints to torture and burn men as heretics out of pure love for their holiness and salvation. Protestantism told them that it was a sacred duty to slaughter those as schismatics , sectaries, malignants, who corrupted the Church and would not live in peace with the Reformed. The sad instances of persecution practiced against the Baptists by the Protestants in King Edward VI’s reign are in the Latin version of Foxe’s Book of Martrs but were left out of his English edition in order to protect the reputation of some of the martyrs of Queen Mary’s day who had persecuted the Baptists during Edward’s reign.  John Rogers, one of Foxe’s friends, called for the death of those who opposed the baptism of infants.  It was reported that Rogers declared “That burning alive was no cruel death, but easy enough.”  It is believed that Foxe responded that Rogers himself may be the first to experience this mild burning.  And so it was, Rogers was the first to be burned when the Catholic Queen Mary came to the throne. During the last year of Edward’s reign Humphry Middleton was cast into prison by the Archbishop. After Bloody Mary arose to power, the bishops were cast into prison and Middleton was burned at Canterbury on July 12, 1555.  The time of baptism as well as the mode was debated at this time because some of the Protestants immersed.  So the issue was believer’s baptism v . infant baptism.  During Mary’s reign the prisons were crowded because both of these positions were anathema to the Catholic Mary.   None was recorded by Baptists.

 

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: adapted From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 285-86.

 

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Terrorists Slashing Throats of Nigerian-Christians — A ‘Save -Our -Souls’ Cry to White House and President Obama


Posted: 31 Dec 2012 06:02 PM PST
Statement by the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN on the 2012 Christmas day attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria
NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ — We had warned that Boko Haram would continue its tradition of killing Nigerian Christians on Christmas day. Last week marked the third straight year that the terror group has murdered Nigerian Christians in the church on a Christmas day.
But the problem is worse than that. This year alone Boko Haram has killed almost 800 Nigerians, most of whom are Christians. In the last three years, over 3000 have been sent to tragic deaths. Victims also include people from several other countries.
The Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan again over the weekend acknowledged his government’s inability so far to quell the Boko Haram attacks. According to the Associated Press, Jonathan’s remarks offer a glimpse into “the worried leader’s mind as his weak government remains unable to stop attacks by the Boko Haram.”
Our government in Washington DC, especially the White House and the State Department are fully aware of what is going on. But both President Barack Obama and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have simply tolerated this impunity by their inaction.
Already, American citizens have been affected, and the United Nations building in Abuja has been attacked by this terrorists. The US Congress have affirmed that Boko Haram is a threat to the US, especially with the group’s suspected links to al-Qaida.
On Christmas day in northern Nigeria, Boko Haram was busy slashing the throats of Christians right inside their churches or at their homes. At least 15 of such barbaric killings have been reported in the past number of days. Worshippers had to watch in terror as their colleagues throats were cut off!
We are asking today: is President Barack Obama and the State Department comfortable to be a mere witness to this evil? Is President Obama not aware that they are cutting the throats of innocent Nigerians who are simply practicing their faith?
In the hope that President Obama is not comfortable with what is going on, we as Nigerian-Americans, are appealing to his humanity to please instruct the State Department to do what is right and to label the Boko Haram group an FTO.
Such a designation would send the warning signal to those financing and supporting the terrorists that the game is up. Without it, Boko Haram financiers and supporters are being dangerously awarded a grant of impunity.
Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN
PO Box 1041
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Christian Newswire

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TRADITION GOOD OR BAD?


To transmit by way of tradition; to hand down. [Obs.]
[1913 Webster]. I often hear the word tradition spoken as if it is so foul one should spit it out of ones mouth. The plain vanilla truth is that this word is neutral. It may be used for the good or the bad. The Bible uses this word a lot to the negative and probably we have seen this and developed a dislike for this word. It is often used in conjunction with the word man. Man’s tradition in religion is bad and we rail against tradition, but consider this verse – II Thessalonians 3:6 – Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
I notice there are some few that say we are doing things simply because of tradition and essentially declaring that those that spent the blood sweat and tears of laying the ground work before us were ignorant and unscriptural men that simply added to the Bible or could not read. As I have aged, and studied, I have come to the conclusion that these men were more intelligent than we give them credit for. /we Baptist take an offering every Sunday and if we didn’t, we would be heretics. That is tradition because it is Biblical and handed down to us. The way we take up the offering is tradition and it is man’s tradition. Is it wrong to pass the plate? Is wrong to simply have the plate on a table and have people drop their tithe and offering in as they come in or go out? Is it wrong to simply have the Church treasurer stand in a specified spot and personally receive the offering? All are traditions of man yet none are wrong. Let us examine our use of the term tradition, especially as it relates to our forefathers who past this way before us.

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Predestination


Predestination – This is a subject that can be very confusing when one deals with a person that believes that God has died for some and not for others. They have a convoluted explanation that easily confuses me. Being simple minded, I use a simple explanation.

Let me begin with an undeniable truth. Christ died for all men. I Timothy 2:3-6 says “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved and come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

We find the desire of the Father and the Son that all men would be saved and toward the accomplishment of that purpose, the Son gave himself a ransom for all, not just some. We also must consider the verse found in Hebrews; Hebrews 2:9 which says “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Seeing that Christ gave himself a ransom for all and tasted death for every man then this predestination that is referenced is not a person that has been predestinated but must be the plan.

May we consider the passages written to the Church in Ephessus, Ephesians 1:4,5 which says “According as He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself according the good pleasure of his will,…” Before the foundation of the world a plan was established to save man that would sin. It was predestinated that those that would be saved would be saved through Christ precious blood.

Paul reasoned with King Agrippa and told of his conversion and then Paul said to Agrippa, Acts 26:27,28 “King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. Verse 29 And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am except these bonds. Paul is expecting people to be saved by choice upon hearing the Words of God.

Ephesians 3:11 “According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:” Christ was predestined to come to earth and present Himself as the perfect sacrifice for man. That was His purpose in wrapping Himself in flesh and hanging on the cross and shedding His blood. Now Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” God predestined that those that would be saved would not be by good works but through Jesus Christ and would be unto good works. II Thessalonians 2:13 further clarifies “…God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.” The predestinated plan of salvation is through the Spirit and belief in the resurrected Christ.

In Christ is the term we need to see.

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