Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Apostles Were Baptists

A portion of a letter from Rev. Joseph Kinghorn, pastor of St. Mary’s Baptist Church, Norwich, England, written to his father, David Kinghorn. He spoke of baptism and the Lord’s Supper in this letter. He said that “the piety of many pedobaptists” and “their path to heaven is as straight as our own,” but he could not own that infant baptism was Biblical. The letter was written in 1794.

I believe with all my heart that the apostles were Baptists, both in principle and practice; that the primitive church was baptist throughout; that infant sprinkling and transubstantiation are pretty much alike, the one being as well supported as the other. I think the Baptists are the preservers of one institution of Christ, which has been neglected and despised, and that they ought to consider it lies on them to endeavour to preserve it, for they seem left to defend it.

The Life and Works of Joseph Kinghorn, by Martin Hood Wilkin, reprinted by Particular Baptist Press, 1995, p. 236.

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