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281 – Oct. 08 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

First modern to begin public singing

 

1664 – Twenty-four year old Benjamin Keach was held in the assize (county court) at Aylesbury, England having been bound over for ₤100 and two sureities in bonds of ₤50 each. His crime? He printed a small book entitled, ‘The Child’s Instructor: or, A New and Easy Primer.” The Man of God had suffered, “suffered many occasions of imprisonment and once his life was saved by an officer, which had captured the preacher, preventing them trampling him to death. On another occasion he was charged with publishing a seditious ‘primer’, called the ‘Child’s Instructor.’ Keach was imprisoned, fined and pilloried. Chief-Justice Hyde presided. “…breaking through all law and decency, represented him to the Grand jury as a man of the most dangerous principles, attempting to poison the minds of children…; and exhorted them to do their duty when the bill came before them…and exhorted them to do their duty. The next day the judge was quite pleased as the following indictment was read by the clerk.  “Thou art here indicted Benjamin Keach of Winslow, for seditious, heretical, and schismatical, evil, etc. toward your Majesty’s Government and the Government of the Church of England. And they repeated the title to the children’s books mentioned above. One said:- Ques. “Who are the right subjects of baptism? Ans.- “Believers, or godly men and women only who can make confession of their faith and repentance.”  From the age of 28 until his death he pastored the same church. He was the first coming out of the persecution to begin public singing. {B. Evans, The early English Baptists (London: J. Heaton and Son, 1864), 2:308-9. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D.551-53]
Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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253 – Sept. 10 -This Day in Baptist History Past


 

He refused the “Test Oath”

 

1866 – Rev. B.F. Kenny, a respected Baptist minister, of Daviess County in Missouri, was arrested on three indictments found against him by a grand jury for the crime of preaching the gospel without taking the ‘Test Oath’. The State Convention had inserted this oath into the new constitution on Jan. 6, 1865, at the close of the Civil War, making it mandatory for pastors to vow loyalty to the state above Christ and His Word. 400 pastors out of the 450 in the state suffered rather than bowing until the act was repealed by the Supreme Court of the U.S. on Jan. 14, 1867. Several of them were imprisoned. Rev. J.H. Luther, Editor of the Missouri Baptist Journal was arrested, held on $1,000 bond, to answer the charge of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ without re-ordination from the commissioner of the state church. Another Baptist preacher was dragged from his home at mid-night, pistol whipped and beaten, and warned to leave the county because he refused to sign the ‘test oath’. [R.S. Duncan, A History of the Baptists in Missouri (St. Louis: Scammell & Co. Publishers, 1882), pp. 926-27. This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 496-97.]  Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

 

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