How Well Do You Know Kentucky Baptist History?

1. Where is the oldest Baptist meeting house still standing in Kentucky?

2. What Baptist preacher baptized Isaac McCoy, the greatest Indian missionary who ever lived?

3. What Baptist preacher is given credit for baptizing George Washington?

4. What Baptist preacher became Governor of Kentucky?

5. What Kentucky Baptist preacher helped ordain J.R. Graves to the ministry?

6. What individual born in Lincoln County, Kentucky has a University named for him in Texas?

7. Which President of the United States once owned over 90,000 acres in Kentucky?

8. What former Baptist meeting house still stands on Runnymede Farm in Bourbon County, Kentucky?

9. What Baptist preacher did Thomas Jefferson say influenced him concerning the best plan of Government for Kentucky?

10. Who baptized Abraham Lincoln’s father?

11. What future automobile manufacturing company brought the headstone for Abraham Lincoln’s mother?

12. What outlaw’s father was an original trustee of William Jewell College?

The answers to these questions and much more are in the new book: “The First Fifty Baptist Churches in Kentucky” by Mickey Winter

223 pages, hardback. $10 postpaid.

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Waynesburg, KY 40489
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E.C. Routh on Baptists Through the Ages

“Soon, there emerged the heresies of baptismal regeneration, infant baptism, the dominance of certain bishops over other  bishops, the control of religion by the State, and the persecution of dissenters.  But all the way along, even through the Dark Ages, there were groups of believers who, like their Lord, endured the cross, despising the shame.  They were called various names, but they were true to the only  Name, the Name above every name, by which sinners may be saved and saints sustained and strengthened.  Whatever their name, they believed in soul-liberty, salvation by grace, a regenerated church  membership, the priesthood of believers, believer’s baptism, and separation of Church and State.  They blazed a trail ofttimes marked by the blood of their devotion to the Word of God.”  E.C. Routh 

Eugene Coke Routh (1874-1966) served as editor of Southern Baptist publications for 41 years.  This included the “Baptist Standard” (1912-1927), the “Oklahoma Baptist Messenger” (1928-1943) and the “Commission” (1944-1948).   This quote shows that even as late at the mid-twentieth century, many leading Southern Baptists still held to some form of Baptist perpetuity and the Trail of Blood.  The above quote is from his 1951 book “Who Are They,” page 67.  It is from the chapter “Who Are The Baptists?”



Baptist Succession in 1674

“By all which ye see by plentiful Evidence, that Christ hath not been without His Witnesses in every age, not only to defend and assert the true, but to impugn, and to reject (yet, even to death itself) the false Baptism.  In so much that we are not left without good testimony of a series of succession, that by God’s providence hath even kept afoot, of this great ordinance of believer’s baptism ever since the first times.”   Henry D’Anvers, 1674

(Henry D’Anvers {?-1686} was an English Baptist preacher and author.  The above quote is from pages 321-322 in his work “A Treatise of Baptism” first published in London in 1674.  Notice that D’Anvers believed that from the days of the New Testament until the present, Christ hath had a “succession” of His people who rejected false infant baptism by sprinkling and held to believer’s baptism by immersion.  Like other Baptists of the 1600’s, 1700’s, and 1800’s, D’Anvers held to the Trail of Blood view of Baptist history and origins.)

Elder S.G. Shepard, Dr. W.O. Carver’s father-in-law

“Bro. J.H. Grime was followed by Elder S.G. Shepard, the old man fiery and eloquent.  Colonel Shepard, as he is called, is said to have professed religion behind the famous rock fence in the battle of Gettysburg at the junction of the battle when the tide turned in favor of the Union army.  Bro. Shepard’s address was full of interest. One statement that he gave with emphasis was that, in spite of all that had been said and written to the contrary, he believed there was an unbroken continuity of regular Baptist Churches through the ages back to the apostles. Bro. Shepard was twice the pastor of Mt. Olivet Church. He is the father-in-law of Prof. W.O. Carver of Louisville, Ky.”    – John T. Oakley

(Dr. William Owen Carver {1868-1954} was a long time professor of missions at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was also one of the first professors to support liberalism in the seminary.  It is interesting to note that his father-in-law was such a staunch Baptist pastor in Tennessee.  The quote is from the Baptist and Reflector newspaper, May 9, 1901.   Oakley was describing the 100 year anniversary service of the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church of Leeville, Tennessee.  Both Oakley and Grime were leading pastors, debtors, and authors among the Baptists of Middle and West Tennessee.)

Why Regard John Smyth as the Founder of the Baptists?

Why regard John Smyth as the founder of the Baptists?  Why?

1.  He wasn’t the first to baptize only believers.  Why not regard  Balthasar Hubmaier, Conrad Grebel, or Michael Sattler as the founder?  They baptized only believers long before John Smyth.

2.  He probably didn’t baptize by immersion, so the doctrinal connection to modern Baptists is weak at best.  Even if you are willing to overlook immersion, why not look to the Anabaptists instead?

3.  He wasn’t the first Englishman to baptize only believers.  There were Anabaptists in England long before 1609.  For proof please see John T. Christian’s History of the Baptists, volume 1, chapter 15 – The Baptists of the Reformation Period in England –

4.  He didn’t start a church that lasted.  There are no churches in existence today that have a historical connection to him.  If you say, well he did start a believer’s baptism church – it still wasn’t the first one.  See #1 and #3.

Wendell H. Rone on Baptist Origins

“Baptists have with one voice denied connection with the Roman apostasy and have claimed their origin as a church from Jesus Christ and the Apostles.” Wendell H. Rone

(Wendell H. Rone {1913-2003} was a noted Kentucky Baptist pastor, author, historian, and professor. Bro. Rone graduated from Southern Seminary in 1939 with a Th.M. He pastored numerous churches in western Kentucky and served Southern Baptists in a number of denominational positions. He served as both professor and president of Mid-Continent Baptist Bible College in western Kentucky and authored a number of books, included the well-known “Baptist Faith and Roman Catholicism”. The following quote is from page 29 of this excellent book.)

Baptist Heritage Sunday

“I want to make a suggestion to every pastor present.  I believe it would be helpful in all of our churches if one Sunday a year we declared Baptist Heritage Sunday and we took the time to share with our people some of our distinctives and some of our history.  Many times we have converts who come to us from Presbyterian, Methodist, or Episcopalian backgrounds and they have no idea.  Oh they realize we preach the gospel and they know we hold to immersion.   But that is all they understand concerning our Baptist heritage.   How important that we teach them. 
So I would suggest one Sunday a year you zero in Baptist history and you prepare and teach your people.  I think it well on that Sunday to ask all the Sunday School classes from Jr. High and up to join in the auditorium and you teach them for that hour.  Then preach on the subject in the morning service and preach again on the subject in the evening.  And you’ll find it strengthening the cause of Jesus Christ in your ministry.”  David Cummins

(David Cummins is a noted Baptist historian and the author of This Day in Baptist History, volume I, II, and III.   The above quote is from a Baptist History Conference he preached in West Chester, PA.  You can listen to these message or download them to your computer )