Carroll found, their history and that their trail through the ages was indeed bloody: Cardinal Hosius (Catholic, 1524), President of the Council of Trent: “Were it not that the baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past twelve hundred years, they would swarm in greater number than all the Reformers.” (Hosius, , pp. But some special history is made in these special countries, at these special periods. All the Apostles save two, John and Judas, suffered martyr deaths. The Apostle John, according to history, was boiled in a great cauldron of oil. John the Baptist was the first of the great leaders to give up his life. Soon after him went the Savior Himself, the founder of this Christian religion.112, 113.) The “twelve hundred years” were the years preceding the Reformation in which Rome persecuted Baptists with the most cruel persecution thinkable. Now notice again, near the bottom of the chart, other lines a little higher. Single individual churches in Asia, in Africa, in Europe, in mountains and valleys, and so forth. He died on the Cross, the cruel death of the Cross. Following their Savior in rapid succession fell many other martyred heroes: Stephen was stoned, Matthew was slain in Ethiopia, Mark dragged through the streets until dead, Luke hanged, Peter and Simeon were crucified, Andrew tied to a cross, James beheaded, Philip crucified and stoned, Bartholomew flayed alive, Thomas pierced with lances, James, the less, thrown from the temple and beaten to death, Jude shot to death with arrows, Matthias stoned to death and Paul beheaded. More than one hundred years had gone by before all this had happened.Arguing for what she called the “hard-headed national interest”, she said EU membership makes us “more secure from crime and terrorism” and allows the UK to be more “prosperous and influential beyond our shores”.However, she criticised the ECHR, saying that it could “bind the hands of Parliament” and blamed it for the years-long delay in extraditing Islamic fundamentalist preacher Abu Hamza and deporting former terror suspect Abu Qatada.The history of Baptists, he discovered, was written in blood. Their preachers and people were put into prison and untold numbers were put to death. Its work–getting folks saved, baptizing them (with a baptism that meets all the requirements of God’s Word), teaching them (“to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”). If more than one of these separate organizations were referred to, they were called Churches. No combination, no mixture of this spiritual religion with a temporal power. And now, before proceeding with the history itself, let me call your attention to– THE CHART I believe, if you will study carefully this chart, you will better understand the history, and it will greatly aid your memory in retaining what you hear and see.
The villages were not to afford them any shelter or food and they perished a lingering death from cold and hunger.” (Moore, , p. History has for them no word of praise, yet they, too, were not giving their blood in vain. The lines are about the same distance apart as the vertical lines. They are covered by a very dark spot, representing in history what is known as the “dark ages.” It will be explained later. Italy, Wales, England, Spain, France, and so forth, ending with America. There were numbers of these even before the death of Peter, Paul and John. Under the strange but wonderful impulse and leadership of John the Baptist, the eloquent man from the wilderness, and under the loving touch and miracle-working power of the Christ Himself, and the marvelous preaching of the 12 Apostles and their immediate successors, the Christian religion spread mightily during the first 500-year period.
Sir Isaac Newton: “The Baptists are the only body of known Christians that have never symbolized with Rome.” Mosheim (Lutheran): “Before the rise of Luther and Calvin, there lay secreted in almost all the countries of Europe persons who adhered tenaciously to the principles of modern Dutch Baptists.” (Presbyterian): “It must have already occurred to our readers that the Baptists are the same sect of Christians that were formerly described as Ana-Baptists. They, too, covered in part by the “dark ages,” they also are full of names, but not names of countries. Either the pagans or Jews gave them that name in derision. This hard persecution by Judaism and Paganism continued for two more centuries. It went into all the Roman Empire, Europe, Asia, Africa, England, Wales, and about everywhere else, where there was any civilization.
Indeed this seems to have been their leading principle from the time of Tertullian to the present time.” Tertullian was born just fifty years after the death of the Apostle John. They are all “nick-names.” Names given to those people by their enemies. All the other names in that column were given in the same manner–Montanists, Novationists, Donatists, Paulicians, Albigenses, Waldenses, etc., and Ana-Baptists. The churches greatly multiplied and the disciples increased continuously.
Electronic version produced with the assistance of Lucien Le Sage, Grace Bible Baptist Church, Denham Springs.
Permission granted to Landmark Independent Baptist Church, Archer, Florida to publish electronic, online version. Carroll, the author of this book, was born in the state of Arkansas, January 8, 1858, and died in Texas, January 10, 1931.