353 – Dec. 19 – This Day in Baptist History Past


The importance of doctrinal purity


1965 – Silas Fox, known as the White Fox of Andhra, recorded in his journal, “Prayed 3 hours. Read. Praise God.” However, on Sept. 27, 1960, he wrote: “No prayer, Result “TROUBLE: TROUBLE: TROUBLE.”  Andhra is in an area in East India, in which Fox made a great impact, for fifty-one years preaching the gospel of Christ. His biographer said that preaching was his life’s blood, and he really had little gift for anything else. Silas Fox had a passion for souls from the day that pastor Andrew Imrie was used of God to ignite him after Silas was saved through Imrie’s ministry.  In fact the very next day Fox lead a friend to Christ, and that zeal continued throughout his lifetime. Fox was born on Dec. 22, 1893. The next year his father died and he grew to manhood on very meager substance in Canada. After completing his Bible College training in 1916 he married Emma Graus, his childhood sweetheart on Nov. 23, and two days later they left for India. In contrast, in Southern India, in the State of Karala a native Indian missionary and his wife labored, who emigrated to America, were saved through the efforts of Baptist Sunday School workers, graduated from a Baptist Bible College, and went back to their native India with a burden to reach their people for Christ. In eight years he had established eight Baptist churches with their own buildings that throbbed with spiritual life, and a Bible College with thirty students who were training to reach the orient with the gospel. Fox had gone to India at a time when many denominations labored together. There was no doctrinal unity, only mission stations, hence no churches were founded.
[This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 692-94. Donald S. Fox, The White Fox of India (Philadelphia: Dorrance and Company, 1977), p. 135.]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon


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