This Week in Baptist History
We are proud to have a Baptist heritage at BIA. We don’t shy away from the name; we embrace it. Baptist people have always been “people of the book” and we make no apology for that stand. The Bible is our authority and the blueprint for our faith and practice. It has also been said that “Baptists are not silent people.” This simply means that we are willing to stand for truth as taught in the Bible, even in the face of persecution. Over the next few months, we will share a some stories from our Baptist history here on our website and also on our Facebook page. Click on the links below to read some thrilling accounts of our forefathers standing for the cause of truth and right and have a better understanding of the importance of the beliefs of Baptists, where Baptists came from, and why being a Baptist is a great honor.
"We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents. Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect, yet there has never existed a Government holding Baptist principles which persecuted others; nor I believe any body of Baptists ever held it to be right to put the consciences of others under the control of man. We have ever been ready to suffer, as our martyrologies will prove, but we are not ready to accept any help from the State, to prostitute the purity of the Bride of Christ to any alliance with the government, and we will never make the Church, although the Queen, the despot over the consciences of men.” - Charles Spurgeon.
(From The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. VII, Page 225)
Stories used from This Day in Baptist History by David L. Cummins and E. Wayne Thompson