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Quotes Confirming the Apostolic Origin of the Baptist Movement

"We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians." Charles Spurgeon

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have no question in my own mind that there has been a historical succession of Baptists from the days of Christ to the present."
John T. Christian, college professor, historian, author

Were it not that the Baptists have been grievously tormented and cut off with the knife during the past 1200 years they would swarm in greater numbers than all the reformers." Hosius, Roman Catholic Cardinal

"... as early as the 3rd century AD the apostate Church opposed the anabaptists." Henry Bullinger (1504- 1575), Protestant Swiss reformer

"The institution of Anabaptism is no novelty, but for 1300 years has caused great disturbance in the church..."
Ulrich Zwingli, Swiss Reformer (1484-1531)

Of the Baptists it may be said that they are not reformers. These people, comprising bodies of Christian believers known under various names in different countries, are entirely distinct and independent of the Roman and Greek churches, have had an unbroken continuity of existence from Apostolic days down through the centuries." King, Crossing the Centuries, 1912

"The true origin of that sect which acquired the denomination of the Anabaptists...is hid in the remote depths of antiquity..." John von Mosheim, Lutheran historian

"Clouds of witnesses attest the fact that before the
...papery, and  from the Apostolic age to the present time, the sentiments of Baptists, and the practice of baptism has had a continued chain of advocates, and public monuments of their existence in every century can be produced." Alexander Campbell, Church of Christ

"I should not readily admit that there was a Baptist Church as far back as AD 100, although without doubt there were Baptists then, as all Christians were then Baptists." John Ridpath,
(1840-1900) Methodist historian

We have now seen that the Baptists, who were formerly called Anabaptists, and in later times, Mennonites, were the original Waldenses... On this account, the Baptists may be considered as the only religious community which has stood since the days of the apostles, and as a Christian society which has preserved pure the doctrines of the gospel through all ages." Ypeij and Dermout, (1819) royal historians to the king of Holland

"Baptists maintain that they existed before the Catholic apostasy took place; that they existed alongside Catholicism after her formation; and that they existed apart from Catholicism." Sir Isaac Newton, English scientist, historian

"It will be seen that the Baptists claim the high antiquity of the commencement of the Christian church. They can trace a succession of those who have believed the same doctrine, and administered the same ordinances, directly up to the apostolic age." Joseph Belcher
(1794-? )

"Is anabaptism a novelty?  Did it spring up in a day?  Their institution of anabaptism is no novelty, but for 1300 yers has caused great disturbance in the [Catholic] church."  Orchard,
History of the Baptists

"John Calvin claimed church succession came through the Baptists." 
Bishop Bossuct in a letter to Calvin

"Baptists can be traced to 618 A.D. and it is presumed that they originate from the original source of the churches." 
Rev. E. W. Gotch, Ency. Brit.

"...I should think the valleys of Piedmont, which lie between France and Italy, are intended, where God has preserved, and continued a set of witnesses to the truth, in a succession, from the beginning of the apostasy to the present time..." John Gill, English Baptist theologian

"...for a beginning it had, and it concerns us to inquire for the fountain head of this sect... That religion that is not as old as Christ and His Apostles, is too new for me. ...this sect is the very same sort of people that were first called Christians in Antioch...and sometimes anciently they were called Anabaptists, as they have been of late times...and so they came by the name, which is very ancient..."
Joseph Hooke, (1701) Baptist preacher


"...the Baptists...were the original...and who have long, in the history of the church, received the honor of that origin, on this account the Baptists may be considered the only Christian community which has stood since the Apostles." 
Dr. Jpeij, 1819

"How exactly like the primitive churches."
Dr. Gesenius, German Hebraist and Biblical Critic

"Christian history, in the first century, was strictly and properly Baptist history."
"Every age brought to view champions for the true and right: and we Baptists are the Novatians, the Donatists, the Paulicians, the Petrobrussians of the nineteenth century."
John Cramp, (Canada, 1844), Baptist college president and historian

When the aged saint of God was asked what she would be if she were not a Baptist, she replied, "I would be ashamed!"

"We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians.  We did not commence our existence at the Reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the Church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ, and our principles, sometimes veiled and forgotten, like a river which may travel underground for a little season, have always had honest and holy adherents.  Persecuted alike by Romanists and Protestants of almost every sect, yet there has never existed a government holding Baptist principles which persecuted others; nor; I believe, any body of Baptists ever held it to be right to put the consciences of others under the control of man.  We have ever been ready to suffer; as our martyrologies will prove, but we are not ready to accept any help from the State, to prostitute the purity of the Bride of Christ to any alliance with Government, and we will never make the Church, the despot over the consciences of men." Charles Spurgeon, English Baptist preacher.

"We find traces of God's gracious work even throughout that long and horrible night when Popery was holding almost universal empire.  There arose, at intervals, within her pale, individuals protesting against her monstrous abominations. Doubtless, too, beyond her pale there existed an unbroken succession of faithful and incorruptible witnesses for the truth: so that when scornfully asked where was the religion of Protestants before Luther, we may answer 'in the Bible,' and 'in the valleys of Piedmont'." (i.e., Baptists)  Henry C. Fish, Handbook of Revivals, 1879.

"If the Baptists are right, they are the only Christian church on the face of the earth."

"To be well born is to enter life with advantage. Baptists are justly proud of their parentage--the New Testament. They have an ancient and scriptural origin... There is no personality this side of Jesus Christ who is a satisfactory explanation of their origin." Dr. George W. McDaniel, Roman Catholic priest, professor.

"Baptists are peculiarly in the succession of trusteeship. When they were few and despised, without papers, colleges, or even the common rights of men, they felt the solemn obligations of trusteeship. They saw, under the gloom of spiritual ignorance surrounding them, certain great principles taught in the Word of God, held them aloft amid the dust and smoke of mighty spiritual conflicts, and sealed their devotion to them in martyr fires. These principles spring out of the New Testament, and are for the guidance of the race to the highest destiny fixed in the mind of God."
J. B. Gambrell, Editor, seminary professor, Texas Baptist leader.

"The Baptist faith is radically and fundamentally different from that of all others. On this ground alone car their continued separate existence by justified."
M. P. Hunt, Pentecostal preacher (?)

"It is a fact that none but Baptists make the claim that our Lord during His personal ministry founded their church or denomination." J. L. Smith (unknown)

"Those who are now called Baptists, have been in different ages of the Church, called by various names. Let it be observed, however, that . . . from the days of 'John the Baptist' until now, they have ever maintained the same doctrinal and practical tenets by which they are still distinguished. They were first called Christians at Antioch, afterwards Donatists, then Cathari, then Waldenses, Albigenses, Mennonites, Petrobrussians, Waterlanders, Anabaptists, and finally Baptists."
R. B. C. Howell, The Baptist, I, No. 5 (May, 1835), 70.

"[The British Baptists] claim as their heritage also the great central stream of Christian doctrine and piety through the centuries, and have continuity with the New Testament Church in that they rejoice to believe and seek faithfully to proclaim the Apostolic Gospel and endeavor to build up the life of their churches after what seems to them the New Testament pattern." Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland (1948).

"All that any candid man could desire--and it is from Catholic and Protestant sources--frankly admitting that churches, substantially like the Baptists of this age have existed, and suffered the bitterest persecution from the earliest ages until now; and, indeed, they have been the only religious organization that have stood since the days of the apostles, and are older than the Roman Catholic Church itself." J.R. Graves, Southern Baptist pastor, author (1880)

The Evolution of the Identifying Names of Godís New Testament Covenant People

1. Disciples (Matt. 5:1) 2. The Way (Acts 9:2) 3. Saints (Acts 9:13) 4. Christians (Acts 11:26)
5. Anabaptists (rebaptizers); 2nd to 16th centuries. 6. Baptists; 17th century to the catching away

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