“In the reign of William and Mary, as early as 1699, the Baptist ministers of England signed a call for a convention to be held in London for the following objects: For aid to help feeble churches pay their ministers; to send preachers. into destitute places; and to afford young men designed for the ministry, facilities for obtaining an education. What will the anties, the sound-asleep doctrine brethren say to this? Should they not at once, in memory of former favors, cry aloud, “We have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have told us what work thou didst in their days, in the times. of old; now “Thou makest us a by-word, a shaking of ‘the head among the people.” “Arise for our help, and redeem us, for thy mercie’s sake.” - Baptist Record.
INURED as we are to the Ishmaelitish mockings of the leaders of New Schoolism, we are at no loss to determine who are by them intended by the anties, the sound-asleep doctrine brethren, fr. We know of no order of people - Turk, Jew, Christian, Pagan, Papal or Protestant, that they will speak of with so much bitterness as when they allude to the disciples of the Lamb of God, those who are known by way of distinction as Old School Baptists. With the exception of the last appellation (brethren) we can bear all the opprobrious epithets they can coin for our use; but we beg them to omit that of brethren; in it there is so much apparent hypocrisy. How often have the New School teachers exultingly referred us to some corruptions which had obtained among the Baptists in some parts of Europe, some one, two or three centuries ago; and in reply how often have we assured them that the year 1699 is not the age to which the Old School Baptists look for precedent; nor is the reign of William and Mary that to which we have sworn allegiance. If it will answer for the New School, it will not for us. We still insist upon apostolic purity in doctrine and practice; and we regard it preferable to be sound asleep in the arms of our Redeemer, in the love of his truth, in subjection to his government, than to be awake and as full of zeal as were those who turned the temple of the Lord into a den of thieves.
Truly, the Old School Baptists can and do say, “We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us what work thou didst in their days, in times of old.” We have heard of the popularity of the army of Midian, when encamped against Israel, and what work God did in giving them into the hand of Gideon and his little despised band. We have heard of what work God performed in the case of the new order of priests and service in the day of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, of what he did in regard to the prophets of Ahab and Jezebel - of Baal. We have also heard of one hundred and twenty-seven provinces unitedly prostrating themselves before the image that Nebuchadnezzar, the king, had set up, and of the small invincible fire-proof, lion-proof captive Hebrews, which were about that time a by-word and a shaking of the head among the worshipers of the popular deity of the plains of Dura. And if not mistaken, our fathers, the apostles and primitive saints, have told us that our divine Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, was made a by-word, and the popular religionists of that time shook or wagged their heads at him. Truly, the remembrance of what our fathers have told us of the sufferings of our blessed Redeemer, the shame and scandal heaped on him, and the persecutions of all his dear disciples who lived godly, gives us great comfort, to find ourselves thrown into such illustrious company, accounted worthy to suffer for his name’s sake, and to realize that those things done now in the dry tree are none other than such as were done in the green tree, and to have the point conceded to us by our enemies themselves, that we are the very characters.
NEW VERNON, N. Y.,
July 15, 1840.
Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Pages 629 – 631