September 12th in World Evangelism History

On this day in 1812, Adoniram Judson sent out a letter to Lucius Bolles, a Baptist minister in Massachusetts, expressing the change in beliefs that had overtaken him and his wife regarding Baptism.

When many think of this change in doctrine, it might not seem like a drastic change.  But for the Judsons, it was a disruption of their entire life.  They had been sent out by a group that performed infant baptism.  All there families were infant baptizers.  Every dollar they were receiving to live on a foreign field came from infant baptizers.  By becoming baptist, they were breaking with everything they ever knew.  But Judson boldly took a stand for what he knew the Bible taught.  Even if it meant losing all his money and church support, it was worth it do what was right.

Below is the letter sent by Judson to Bolles, announcing that the Baptist now had their first two missionaries on the field and imploring them for support and prayer:

Within a few months, I have experienced an entire change of sentiment on the subject of baptism. My doubts concerning the correctness of my former system of belief commenced during my passage from America to this country and, after many painful trials, which none can know but those who are taught to relinquish a system in which they have been educated, I settled down in the full persuasion that the immersion of a professing believer in Christ is the only Christian baptism.

A separation from my missionary brethren and a dissolution of my connection with the Board of Commissioners seem to be necessary consequences. The missionaries at Serampore are exerting themselves to the utmost of their ability in managing and supporting their extensive and complicated mission. Under these circumstances, I look to you.  Alone in this foreign heathen land, I make my appeal to those whom with their permission I will call my Baptist brethren in the United State.

Source:

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Jason Rishel

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