Ritualism to Reality in Christ
Dover Mills, Goochland County, VA – 1865
From the time of his youth, William Baskett purposed to know God. William was born in 1741 in Goochland County Virginia. As a youth, William envisioned the blessings of sincere Christianity, and he regularly attended public worship services, and because of his sincerity, he was allowed to participate in the communion service of the established state church (Anglican). In time William saw himself as a guilty, undone sinner. Great conviction gripped his heart and he continually examined God’s word. Finally one night God brought the Scripture to mind: “He that trusts in the Lord shall never be confounded.” (Douay-Rheims bible) At that moment he trusted Jesus Christ as his Saviour and threw himself on the Lord’s grace. He found immediate peace with God. In the mean time Elijah Craig and David Thompson, faithful Baptist preachers, had entered the area, and the Basketts were immersed upon their profession of faith. Soon a small congregation was gathered, and the work of God grew, when in 1788 a revival in the area brought significant growth to the local church. William Baskett was called to assume the pastorate of the Lyle’s Baptist Church. After twenty -one years of an exemplary ministry, the amazing event of the home going of the Basketts took place. On April 21, 1815, his life partner fell asleep in Jesus. One week later on April 29, 1815, he preached his last sermon from the words: “We have no continuing city, but seek one to come.” On the following day, William’s tranquil spirit took flight to Glory.
Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from: This Day in Baptist History III (David L. Cummins) p.p. 248 – 249