BAPTISTS THOROUGH REFORMERS
PREFACE TO THE CENTENNIAL EDITION
The following Lectures have
a peculiar history. They were originally delivered to the Baptist Church in Caldwell, N.
J., in the ordinary course of pastoral labors in that place, and were not then intended
for the press. At the urgent request of those who heard. them, the author was induced to
give them to the public. They were delivered. from meager notes, and from these, as his
"copy," the author, himself a practical printer, set up the types of the first
edition, which was published in 1858. As much of the matter was thus extemporized. at the
"case," the entire book was never written. The late excellent Spencer H.
Cone, D. D., then pastor of the First Baptist Church of New York city, read the proofs,
and so well pleased was he with the work, that he ordered the first fifty copies for his
own church, recommending it from his pulpit as well as by the notice which appears among
Several editions were printed during the few following years, and the work was widely circulated through the country, and seems to have given a new phase to the baptismal controversy, by directing attention to the GREAT PRINCIPLES which underlie the action of the Baptist denomination. It shows that these principles, though based on God's Word, are constantly violated by Protestant pedobaptists, though they profess to be governed by that Word. Not a few of these have been led, by the perusal of previous editions, to see the utter inconsistency of pedobaptism with the principles of the New Testament, and have renounced it, and united with the Baptist denomination. Among these, several highly honored and useful brethren, now in the ministry of the denomination, might be named.
Newburgh, NY, 1876
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