The Baptized Churches Of Christ – Appendix H
The White River Regular Baptist
Association of Indiana, 1844
Wishing you health and salvation, and if anything more loving and charming can be experienced from the bowels of the Christian religion, we give all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation.
The great Shepherd has been very mindful of His sheep many years past; and although they have been persecuted and even to death in almost every age for 1800 years, yet He who controls the destiny of man and nations, has turned it all to the furtherance of the Gospel of Christ: and the establishment of that Kingdom which is never to end.
The Baptists have been the sufferers in every age, whether they have been known by the name of Novatians, Paterines, Burgundians, Patrebrusians, Lollards, Waldenses, Albigens, or Baptists; yet they have stood firm under the banner of their King, uniformly maintaining the laws laid down in the Old and New Testaments as the only rule of their faith and practice; and anything else introduced is a usurpation of authority, and a direct insult to the King Himself.
The carrying out of the principles as laid down in the text, has subjected the Church to persecution in every age, either by word, law or sword, and sometimes by all. But “the foundation of God standeth sure having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are His.”
We have her acknowledged faith in the Articles placed above [in the White River Regular Baptist Association’s Articles of Faith - Ed.], and whatever is not found revealed in the Old and New Testaments, is not her faith nor her practice. This Article is found in all Baptist Confessions, yet there is none more egregiously violated or trampled under foot. It nevertheless is the standard of holiness, and no subject has the liberty of departing therefrom, without incurring the displeasure of the Lawgiver, and becoming offensive to His real subjects. But, we proceed to the analogy of the subject of missions.
The 17th century was an age of missionary promise. The 18th century began to fill that promise. The 19th is called the “age of missionary enterprise.” The union of all Christians for this object is to become universal, its presence has taken the rank of a new power. The Swiss in 1556 sent out a few missionaries, and in 1559 the king of Sweden sent out more. There were some few others, together with the Spaniards and Portuguese; all of which, however, were so far from the spirit of the New Testament, that we think it unnecessary to say anything positive about them, – (Great Com., Harris, by Baptist Advocate, Vol. 4: No. 10).
The first moneyed missionary establishment we can find, was established by Gregory, the Pope of Rome, in 1662, and called the “Congregation for Propagating the Faith.” – (Enclp. Buck’s Dic. Baptist Advocate.) It had, like our missionary systems among the Protestants, an incredible number of donors, rich and emulous to excel in the greatest gifts, and was expanded by Pope Urban VIII, and by this Congregation’s money a vast number of missionaries were educated and sent to the remotest parts of the earth, among the most barbarous heathen, In India, China, and Japan, many thousands of these were won over by the artful Jesuits and Monks, to embrace the Roman Catholic faith. These missionaries soon began to tamper with civil governments [Note: American missionaries immediately received funds from the U.S. Congress to establish Columbia University, and Luther Rive was made its president.- Ed.] , as has been their uniform practice, and here the system will be consummated among Protestants sooner or later unless it is thwarted by some action of Divine Providence or of Grace.
The Catholics have their missionaries now in almost all the world, in North and South America, in Canada, and nearly all Indian tribes, South and West, many millions of dollars have been and still are expended for the propagation of their faith. Now considering the difference between Catholics, Protestants, and Baptists, in doctrine and practice, is it not strange that Protestants and Baptists (some of them) should be aping after Catholic fashions; but we are imitable beings, hence both have borrowed this system from their neighbors, and if there is any glory in it the Catholics are certainly entitled to it.
2nd. The Moravians in 1741, sent out their missionaries in Greenland, St. Croix, the Indians of North America, the slaves in the South, and elsewhere, but they being small in number are only appropriate between $50,000 and $100,000 yearly to the prosecution of their system. – (Buck’s Dic. Enclp. Baptist Recorder, &c.)
3rd. The “English mission” establishment, The first mission we can find upon record was established in 1792, called the Baptist Missionary Society. Mr. Harris and other missionary writers say this was the first. The London Missionary Society was founded in 1795, on the principle of embracing all denominations. In 1796 the Edinburg Missionary Society was formed, and in 1801, arose the Church Missionary Society. In 1808, a society was organized to carry the gospel to the Jews. In 1816, there was a Seminary formed to make missionary preachers for Bazel. The same year the Evangelical Society was formed, &c., &c. A late missionary writer informs us that there are now between 3,000 and 4,000 societies originating from, and are either independent of, or tributary to, these as the original roots. [ See: Miami Baptist Association’s 1819 recommendation that her churches form themselves into auxiliaries to the Baptist Board of Foreign and Domestic Missions, see Appendix C - Ed.]
4th, and lastly. American missions. Mr. Kirk, of England, says in reference to the connection between English and American missions, that Andrew Fuller and William Carey laid the foundation thereof in America. Mr. Harris says it was not until the inspiring accounts of Carey, Vanderkemp, and Buchanan became circulated that American piety became divinel awakened to its claims; with that awakening the names of Judson (An Arminian, Ed.) Rice (A Congregational Arminian), Mills and others, stand vitally connected. On thse youthful students the missionary spirit had eminently rested, and that while they were at school studying theology, they were accustomed to pour out their prayers behind a haystack which was near the college, and there behind this stack, they called down a missionary spirit from heaven which proved the glory of our country. ( Baptist Advocate, Vol. 2, No. 4).
Question: If these young students called down this missionary spirit from heaven was it ever in the Church of Christ before?
Among the first establishments in the United States, was the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, which was established in 1810 by the Congregational Church, This, in 1813, sent out Judson, Rice, Nott, Newel, and Hall. After they left the American shore, Judson and Rice became baptised. They were never really “Baptists, certainly not in doctrine, faith, or practice. Rice soon returned to the United States, and stirred up a spirit of missions among Baptists. In twelve months he traveled, preached and took up collections to the amount of $5,443, of which he spent himself $1,963, (American Rep., page 125) But as there are many Baptists who know all about Mr. Rice and his operations, we need only refer them to the Boston Rec., and Taylor on “Missions.” (Selected from the 1844 MINUTES, “Circular Letter,” of The White River Regular Baptist Association of Indiana.)
NOTE: The 1844 MINUTE continues with the historical development of dozens of other “benevolent institutions” needed to advance the Mission System’s cause; such as Colleges, Sunday School, Temperance societies, and “Domestic” Missions” which was added to the “Foreign Missions,” to send preachers into the bounds of Baptists’ associations and churches to divert them to the control of the Baptist Board of Foreign and Domestic Missions. However, since all these innovations, or auxiliaries, were of later date, the above is sufficient to prove our contention that the Baptists that did not dive head-long into the New Divinity movement are, in fact, the original Baptists, whereas the New School associations, conventions, and churches are fraudulent or misnamed “Baptists.” They are “Baptists” without the doctrine of Christ, nor New Testament authority or ordinances. Neither do they preach the Gospel of Christ in the present age. They have fallen from grace, and closer in doctrine and practice to Methodism and Pentecostalism than to the former Baptists.