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94 – April – 04 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


William Carey

William Carey
He led Carey to India
1793 – It was on this date that William Carey and Dr. John Thomas boarded the Earl of Oxford for India.  Funds had been raised and they had been commissioned on March 20, therefore they were determined that this was God’s will.  However, when the ship’s captain found out that if he took the missionaries he would lose his commission, he put them ashore.  Through Dr. Thomas a Danish ship agreed to take them and defeat was turned to victory when they also found out that Mrs. Carey and the children would be able to sail with them who were not going to be able to go before and they sailed on June 13.  Dr. Thomas was reared in the home of a Baptist deacon in England where he was early acquainted with the gospel.  He was not saved however, until after medical school and marriage.  Dr. Thomas then was assigned as the assistant surgeon on one of His Majesty’s ships and sailed several times to India.  The British East India, Co. that had begun as a commercial enterprise later had become an arm of the British government.  They were interested only in financial gain which meant that they actually worked against the advancement of the missionary cause.  A few of the employees who were Christians built a chapel for worship in 1715 and invited Dr. Thomas to minister and then invited him to remain on a permanent basis.  But he found out that his Baptist doctrines such as baptism by immersion became a detriment and he found himself at a great loss of financial support.  It was these turn of events that brought the shoemaker-preacher Carey and the doctor together and God opening India as the first mission field for the Baptists of England.  Dr. Thomas suffered many tragedies and died on Oct. 13, 1801, but few know that it was him that led Carey to India.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 137.

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280 – Oct. 07 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

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Evidence – roots of cremation is pagan

 

1801 – Gokool, the second believer from the ministry of William Carey and Dr. John Thomas in India, after Kristno, entered into the arms of Jesus. His testimony was simple, Gokool said that before the missionaries came, he had spent years in searching for happiness, in poojahs, holy places in the river, and etc. but all in vain. Kristno’s wife’s sister had first heard of the Redeemer from Gokool. By eating publicly with Carey and Thomas they had literally broken the Hindu caste system. However for them to be baptized was not an easy task. Two thousand indignant Hindus gathered to protest. Kristno and his family were taken before the Danish magistrate, but they remained firm in their resolve and Carey immersed Kristno, the firstfruits of his labor. The pressures had been too great for the others, and Gokool had drawn back in face of severe opposition from his wife, who had rejected Christ, with other relatives. In time Kristnos’ family members did follow the Lord in baptism, and on May 29, 1801, Gokool was baptized. As Gokool died and his friends gathered round him they said, “may our mind be as Gokools was.” He said, “My affliction is because of my sins, my Lord does all things well.” This was the first funeral of a Christian in India, what a contrast to the Hindu funerals where people often threw their relatives, half dead into the river, or where the living wife was murdered by cremation on the same fire that her husband was being cremated. A wooden coffin, lined with white muslim was paid for by Kristno, hymns were sung as he was laid in the earth. [Thomas Smith and John O. Choules. The origin and History of Missions (Boston:S. Walker, 1832), 1:211.  This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. 549-51]   Prepared by Dr. Greg J. Dixon

 

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