103– April 13 – This Day in Baptist History Past


He stood by the Word
1785 – Spencer H. Cone was born on this day at Princeton, N.J. to dedicated Baptist parents who were also members of the Hopewell Baptist Church.  His mother prayed for him, while on her breast, and received the assurance that he would be a preacher of the gospel.  At the age of 12 he entered Princeton College, but his father developed mental illness and he was forced, at age 14, to support the family.  He worked as a bookkeeper, newspaper publisher, and an actor.  He was devoted to the politics of Jefferson and Madison.  He discovered the works of John Newton in a bookstore and came under deep conviction over his sinful condition, and that Christ alone could save him.  Cone fought bravely in the War of 1812 as captain of artillery in several prominent battles.  Shortly he began preaching in Washington, D.C. and became so popular that he was elected chaplain of the U.S. Congress.  He then was pastor of a church in Alexandria, Virginia, and then became pastor of the First Baptist Church in NY, City. For nearly forty years he was a leader in home and foreign missions and in the great modern movement for a purely translated Bible.  He fought the pedobaptists over the issue of baptizo meaning immerse.  In his prime it was said that he was the most popular clergyman in America.  Though he valued education, he was mostly concerned with the purity of the Word that men might truly know the mind of Christ in the Scriptures, translated faithfully into the languages of all men.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, p. 150.
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