CHURCHES IN WASHINGTON, D. C.

“THE church more generally known is the Navy Yard Church proposes to hold a protracted meeting on the 28th inst., with the expectation of obtaining the services of some 9f the ministering brethren from the South and West, on their way to the Philadelphia Convention. The church is now, and has for some time past, been without a pastor, and stands much in need of ministerial aid. Those of our brethren who can make it convenient to pay them a visit will be rendering the church and the cause of the Redeemer an acceptible service.

“There are but two regular Baptist churches in the city of Washington; in Georgetown there is no Baptist church. There is a third church in Washington - a small body - anti-missionary, and a member of the Black Rock portion of the Baltimore Association.

“The Navy Yard Church is ready to every good word and workable we believe and willing to support a pastor. They have been anxious for some time to secure the services of a faithful, active and zealous minister, and it would give us sincere pleasure to hear that this important field of labor has been well supplied. An efficient minister in this church might essentially aid our cause in the District, and in the adjoining State of Maryland, where we so greatly need help.” - Religious Herald.

REMARKS.

WE were not aware of the existence of two Regular Baptist churches in the city of Washington, and were it not for the eulogism bestowed upon what is called the Second, or Navy Yard Church, we might still remain under the impression that Mr. Sands had overrated the Baptist influence in that city, as we know of but one gospel church in Washington. But when Mr. Sands explains himself, we perceive his regulars are those who make void the law of Christ by their traditions, and who teach and practice for doctrines the commandments of men. Those are regular in his estimation who appoint protracted meetings, get up revivals in Methodist camp-meeting style, who maintain a deadly opposition to the Black Rock portion of the Baltimore Association, and who, when destitute of a pastor, will raise the requisite lucre, and instead of troubling the Lord of the harvest, will advertise for one; for should they call on the Lord for a pastor, peradventure he might send them one who would preach the truth, and very possibly might be unwilling to join their crusade against the Black Rock party; while all these evils may be avoided by making up a purse, and advertising for a man after their own heart.

With the above modifications of the term regular, we doubt not there may be found as many as two churches of the same description in that city. But what will the doll-babies of the Columbian College, who have been for a long time serving the Navy Yard regulars, think of Mr. Sand’s compliment in representing that the Navy Yard Church is, and has for a long time been in so much need of ministerial aid, notwithstanding their constant supply from the machine? But that is for them, not us, to settle.

We doubt not the Shiloh Baptist Church at Washington will feel obliged to Mr. Sands for the honor he has unintentionally conferred on them in letting his readers know that we are not of his sort of regulars, and that the Shiloh Church is not ashamed to be called small, neither does she wish to be reckoned among the nations; it is her joy that her heavenly Father has given her the kingdom; and while our neighbors at the Navy Yard are preparing their dishes for a rich repast, from those who may be going to the Convention, and while they may trim their ways to seek lovers, our expectation is from the Lord. We have long since been taught to cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils, for well we know that vain is the help of man.

“Let others trust what names they please,
Their saints and idols boast,”
We’ve no dependencies like these,
We trust the Lord of Hosts.

ALEXANDRIA, D. C.,
April 21, 1837.

Elder Gilbert Beebe
Editorials Volume 1
Pages 383 – 385