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73 – March – 14 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


Overcoming Afflictions

1773 – Today in This Day in Baptist History Past, we again celebrate the life of our entry of March 9, Edmund Botsford, who was ordained into the gospel ministry by Rev. Oliver Hart, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Charleston, S.C. on this date.  The event took place in Savannah, Georgia and the sermon text was from I Tim. 4:16 – Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.  In the area of Georgia where Mr. Botsford ministered the people were a mixed multitude of emigrants from many different places; most of whom were destitute of any type of religion.  Those who were religious were zealous Lutherans and other styles of church men who were violently opposed to Baptists.  On one occasion he preached at the courthouse and he seemed to have the hearer’s attention when someone yelled “the rum is come.”  The crowd diminished and by the time the dust settled, so to speak, the crowd had thinned and many of his hearers were intoxicated and fighting.  An old gentlemen came up to him, took his horse by the bridle, bragged on his sermon and invited him to drink with him, which Botsford declined.  But in that the old man invited him to come and preach, and it was accepted, Botsford went and had great success when the old man’s sons and wife received Christ.  During the last fifteen years of his life Botsford suffered from a nerve disease in one side of his head that would actually cause him to go into a cataclysmic state sometimes upward of a minute and a half, and then when he would come out of it he would assume preaching.  The audience was aware of an unusual presence of God in his life.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson /, pp. 104.

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39 – February 08 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST


 

Lutherans also persecuted Baptists

 

1527 – BAPTISTS WERE PERSECUTED BY BOTH THE CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANTS IN THE 16TH CENTURY – George Wagner of  Emmerick (Germany) was burned in the city of Munich on February 8, 1527.  As he went to the flames being led by his executioner to the middle of the city, he cried, “Today I will confess my God before all the world.”  He experienced such joy in the Lord that he showed no fear but went smiling to the fire! When thrown into the flames, he cried with a loud voice, “Jesus! Jesus!” And thus he died bearing witness to the truth as it is in the Lord Jesus. The sheriff, Eisenreich von Landsberg, fully expecting to arrest others of this same faith to cast them to the same fate was dead in his bed the next morning. Most of the time, during the Middle Ages, the persecutors of the Baptists were the Catholics but in this instance they were the Lutherans after they came into power and became the state church. The historian Joseph Myer put it this way, “In the days of the long ago, Roman Catholic and Protestant leaders harbored a strong dislike for one another, but they harmonized in persecuting the people of the Baptist faith and practice.” It reminds us that Pilate and Herod made friends together because of Jesus. Lu 23:12 – And the same day Pilate and Herod were made friends together: for before they were at enmity between themselves.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon, from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 53.

 

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