The Ancient Witness of Baptist Existence

By Pastor Ed Rice, Good Samaritan Baptist Church, Dresden NY 14441

Baptists are not Protestant, are not a denomination, but have the same root as the New Testament Bible that they employ for all their faith and doctrine. Their root is in the WORD.

Some enlightening excerpts of Dr. Jewell Smith's Lecture, 1999 Baptist Bible Conference, Penfield NY.

Johann Lorenz Von Mosheim (c. 1694-1755). German Lutheran divine and Church historian, was born at Lubeck on the 9th of October. 1694 or 1695. After studying at the gymnasium of his native place. he entered the university of Kiel (1716), where he took his master's degree in 1718. In 1719 he became assessor in the philosophical faculty at Kiel .. His first appearance in the field of literature was in a polemical tract against John Toland,Vindiciae antiquae christienorum. disci­plinae (1720), which was soon followed by a volume of Observationes sacrae (1721). These works, along with the reputation he had acquired as a lecturer and preacher, secured for him a call to Helmstädt as professor ordinarius in 1723. The Institutionum historiae ecclesiasticae libri IV. appeared in 1726. and in the same year he was appointed by the duke of Bruns-wick abbot of Marienthal. to which dignity and emolument the abbacy of Michaelstein was added in the following year. Mosheim was much consulted by the authorities when the new university of Gottingen was being formed; especially in the framing of the statutes of the theological faculty. and the provisions for making the theologians independent of the ecclesiastical courts. In 1747 he was made chancellor of the university. He died at Gottingen on the 9th of September. Among his other works were De rebus christianorum: ante Constentinum: commentarii (1753), Keizer-Geschichte (2nd ed. 1748). and Sittenlehre der heiligen Schrift (1735-53). His exege­tical writings. characterized by learning and good sense, include Cogitationes in N. T. loc. select. (1726). and expositions of 1 Cor. (1741) and the two Epistles to Timothy (1755). In his sermons (Heilige Reden) considerable eloquence is shown. and a mastery of style which justifies the position he held as president of the German Society. (Ref 1910 Encyclopedia Britannica the 11th edition.)

There are two English versions of the Institutes, that of Archibald Maclaine, published in 1764. and that of James Murdock (1832), which is the more correct. Burdock's translation was revised and re-edited by James Seaton Reid in 1848. and by H. L. Hastings in 1892 ( Boston ). An English translation of the De rebus christianorum was published by Murdock in 1851.(Ref Dr. Steven A. Hite, Dean Indianapolas Bible College)

Stanislaus Hosius, (1504-1579) Polish cardinal, was born in Cracow on the 5th of May 1504 .. He studied law at Padua and Bologna, and entering the church became in 1540 bishop of Kulm, in 1551 bishop of Ermland, and in 1561 cardinal. Hosius had Jesuit sympathies and actively opposed the Protestant reformation, going so far as to desire a repetition of the St. Bartholomew massacre in Poland .. Apart from its being "the property of the Roman Church," he regarded the Bible as having no more worth than the fables of Aesop. Hosius was not distinguished as a theologian, though he drew up the Confessio fidei Christiana catholica adapted by the synod of Piotrkow in 1557. He was however, supreme as a diplomatist and administrator. Besides carrying through many difficult negotiations, he founded the lyceum of Braunsberg, which became the center of the Roman Catholic mission among Protestants. He died at Capranica near Rome on the 5th of August 1579 (Ref 1910 Encyclopedia Britannica the 11th edition.)

When inducted in the military as a Christian I was asked are you Catholic, Protestant or a Baptist. Their Chaplains know that a Baptist is no Protestant. You should know that too. My military dogtags still call me a Baptist. I am no Protestant. We have never been connected to Roman Catholicism, except when we were chained to their stakes as they gathered their faggots of wood. Sir Isaac Newton said it well "The Baptists are the only body of known Christians that have never symbolized with Rome." (Trail of Blood Introduction pg 3)

As was stated by these historians Baptists predate the Imperial Roman Catholic Church. The first Church at Jerusalem, which added 5,000 to its membership in Acts chapter 2 was Baptist in doctrine, baptizing it's new believers into membership by immersion.

B.Myron Cedarhilm, D.D., President of Maranatha Baptist Bible College puts this Baptist History very aptly by saying

Now I could close this article with no greater thought than that expressed by the prince of Baptist Preachers Charles H. Spurgeon. There is an Ancient Witness to Baptist Existence. There is cause that no true Baptist will align with Romanism, Denominationalism nor Governments of this world. This Ancient Witness was written in a "Trail of Blood" as Dr. Carol has documented in his book by that title. This Ancient Witness was not directly written by the historian as Spurgeon notes below in his sermon at Newington:

Baptists are not Protestant, are not a denomination, but have the same root as the New Testament Bible that they employ for all their faith and doctrine. Their root is in the WORD.

Pastor Ed Rice.