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The Welsh revival spreads to America

The Philadelphia Association of Regular Baptists began meeting as early as 1688, in what they called general, and some-times yearly meetings. The business of these meetings was confined to the ministry of the Word and the administration of the gospel ordinances. But at their meeting July 27, 1707 they seem to have taken more the form of an association, therefore this is the date that historians use for the founding of the Philadelphia Association. The members and ministers that made up these churches came from the great Welsh migration in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Such leaders as Jenkins Jones, Abel Morgan, and Samuel Jones brought with them their tradition of great preaching, love of singing, and warm and fervent evangelism. They were a feeble, though faithful, band of believers at that time, consisting of but five churches: Lower Dublin, Piscataqua, Middletown, Cohansie, and Welsh Tract. There were only 14 Baptist churches in all of the colonies at that time. Some things that were discussed in their meeting were things wanting in the churches especially pertaining to who was not to preach in their associational meetings. “…a person that is a stranger, that has neither letter of recommendation, nor is known to be a person gifted, and of good conversation, shall not be admitted to preach, nor be entertained as a member in any of the baptized congregations in communion with each other.”  They were careful to emphasize that they desired no creed and that a “Gospel church is the highest earthly ecclesiastical tribunal and is in no wise subject to any other church, or the decrees of associations or councils. They believed strongly in the sovereignty of God, but kept a fiery spirit of evangelism.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 307-09.

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The Reformers Un-Spiritual Men
The reformers (I.E. Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and others) could hardly be considered spiritual men. Even as they are held in high esteem by many groups, please be reminded that these men led in the persecution of the Anabaptists.
In 1807 Dr. Samuel Jones was pastor of the Baptist Church in Lower Dublin, Pennsylvania, where he served for over fifty years until his death in 1814.  On Feb. 7 that year, Dr. Jones preached a Century Sermon commemorating the Centennial of the Philadelphia Baptist Association.  In his famed message he said: “The reformation, which has been so much gloried in was but a poor piece of business, although it has been attended with valuable consequences.  The reformers shook off the Papal yoke, but in the main retained its principles and spirit.  They did not establish the right of free inquiry, Liberty of conscience, and the word of God as the only rule of faith and practice…They were influenced by worldly motives, connected religion with worldly establishments, were the abettors of tyranny and oppression, and even of persecution by fire and the sword.”
Freedom of religion in America came not through the theology of the reformation, but rather through the influence of our godly Baptist forebears.  The historian, Leonard Woolsey Bacon put it this way: “ other sects, mainly the Presbyterians had been effective in demanding their own liberties, the Friends and the Baptists agreed in demanding liberty of conscience, worship, and equality before the law, for all alike.  But the active labor in this cause was mainly done by the Baptists.
Dr. Dale R. Hart, adapted from:  This Day in Baptist History  III (David L. Cummins), pp. 77-78.

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