According to Mississippi Baptist historians, Z. T. Leavell and T. J. Bailey, the first attempt by Mississippi Baptists to form a statewide convention failed.1 In 1823, three Baptist associations—Pearl River, Union, and Mississippi—proposed a meeting for all Mississippi Baptists for “preserving and continuing the ties of brotherly love”; for “union between sister associations”; for “the propagation […]
Article 1. We believe the Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is a perfect treasure of Heavenly instruction ; that it has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture or error for its matter. Article 2. We believe there is one true and living God, and only one, whose name […]
Baptist historian, Robert Baylor Semple (1769-1831), published the minutes of the first Separate Baptist Association held May, 1771 in Orange county, Virginia.1 Samuel Harriss was chosen moderator, and John Waller, Jr. was elected clerk, both ministers of whom, according to Semple, were strong advocates of the “Arminian” stream flowing into the Baptist river of theology. In the […]
Art. 5. We believe that Jesus Christ, the son of God, did make an atonement for all men in general but the benefits of the atonement specially are only received by the True believer. –Minutes of North River United Baptist Association Convened at Salem Meeting House, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, 1843.
Freedom of conscience was not accepted by any of the leaders of the Reformed churches. Its only defenders were those persecuted and maligned Baptists. — Carter, Joseph E. Distinctive Baptist Principles: A Sermon Delivered Before the Western Baptist Convention of North Carolina at Enon Church, Transylvania County, October 20, 1883.
In 1835, the Baptist General Tract Society compiled various pamphlets it had published into a single volume entitled The Baptist Manual: A selection from the Series of Publications of the Baptist General Tract Society.1 In tract number 45, “The Scripture Guide to Baptism,” a series of questions are posed concerning infant baptism to which the […]
–Through Abraham the blessing descends upon all who have Abraham’s faith, and upon no others. All who die in infancy, we have reason to believe, are saved; but as infants have no faith, they are not entitled to membership in visible churches” (italics original here and below p.22) –If one asks, Who are the children […]
The following statements are taken from An Orthodox Creed, a confession of faith composed by British Baptists in 1679. The confession can be read in its entirety on the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary website (//link). Neither do we believe, that Infants dying in Infancy without Baptism, go to Purgatory or Limbus Infantum, as they erroneously […]
Cathcart’s Baptist encyclopedia describes J. W. D. Creath as “the most apostolic man in Texas.”1 Born in Virginia in 1809, educated at Virginia Baptist Seminary (at the time of Cathcart’s writing, it was Richmond College), and after pastoring for several years in his home state, was appointed by the Domestic Mission Board of the Southern […]
According to Baptist historians, Z. T. Leavell and T. J. Bailey, the first Baptist church organized in Mississippi was the Salem Baptist Church in Jefferson County in October 1791. Apparently, however, Salem church was known by other names before 1807. Leavell and Bailey explain: The first church was called Salem, i. e. peace, and stood […]
Brother Thurman, I’ll tell you what the matter is — Stop preaching John Calvin and James Arminius, and preach Jesus Christ. –Mrs. John LaRue, member of Nolin Baptist Church (1828) as quoted in Spencer, J. H. A History of Kentucky Baptists: From 1769 to 1885. Vol 1. Cincinnati: 1886. p.335.
The Apostle John records as a final invitation in his Revelation of Jesus Christ these magnificent words The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life. (Revelation 22.17, NLT). Personally, I think the […]
It seems to be taken for granted that all those venerable fathers, who founded the Baptist Denomination in this state [Georgia], were as stern calvinistic preachers as are the opposers of the new plans. But this is altogether a mistake. Abraham Marshall [Son of Daniel] was never considered a predestinarian preacher. Some of them were […]
“…the holy author of our religion needs no such compulsive measures for the promotion of his cause…” –from a resolution adopted by the Baptist General Committee of Virginia, August 13, 1785 as quoted in Biddle, Mark E. “A Word about…Separation of Church and State.” Review and Expositor (2004)
The New Hampshire Confession of Faith published in 1833 was so mild in its Calvinism that the five points of distinction between Calvinism and Arminianism are almost ignored. –W.W. Barnes, “The New Hampshire Confession of Faith, Its Origin and Use.” The Baptist and Reflector vol 39, Jan 1942 The New Hampshire Confession of Faith
Though not well known today, Zechariah Thornton Cody (1858-1935) stands as no stranger to either Southern Baptists in general or to Georgia Baptists particularly. While Alabamian by birth, Cody attended Mercer University, was ordained to ministry by the Second Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA and later received a D.D. degree from Bowden College, GA. Cody was a sophisticated […]
Below is a description of the New Hampshire Declaration of Faith (1833; revised in 1853) as recorded by W.J. McGlothlin, then Professor of Church History at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, in his book, Baptist Confessions of Faith (1911, pp. 224ff). Perhaps most relevant for today’s Southern Baptists is, the New Hampshire confession was the […]
The Philadelphia Confession of Faith is one of the most influential confessions among Baptists in early America. Being the first known published Baptist confession on American soil, the confession clearly presents adherence to strict Calvinism and is believed to mirror the Second London Confession of 1689. Baptist historian, William McGlothlin, explains: The first reference to […]
The entry below is adapted from A History of the Baptists of Louisiana, From the Earliest Times to the Present (1888) by Baptist historian, W. E. Paxton. Simultaneously with the movement to organize the Eastern Louisiana Association, many churches partly occupying the same territory, but principally situated near the Mississippi river, started another movement which […]
On November 3rd, 1832, several Baptist churches in northern Louisiana met to form the Concord Missionary Baptist Association. Leaving behind the strict Calvinistic roots of the older Louisiana Association, Concord Baptists would unite around articles of faith less controversial for Louisiana churches than the old confession apparently produced. Below is the theological document upon which […]