8.5.1 The Baptist History Notebook by Berlin Hisel, Chapter 1: THE TRACING OF BAPTIST HISTORY.

Baptist History Notebook

by Berlin Hisel

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Chapter 1

> The Tracing of Baptist History                 
> 'The Spiritual War' is An Invisible War	
> What is Meant by Kingdom	                
> The Trail of Blood in The Old Testament        
> The Trail of Blood in The New Testament        
> God's Children are Victims of this War

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ORIGINAL AUDIO by BERLIN HISEL

THE TRACING

of BAPTIST HISTORY.


The people called Baptists have suffered much in their past History.

The study of “Baptist Roots” is one mainly of persecution.

BAPTIST HISTORY

has been written in blood.

Often Baptist History is studied under the heading of

The Trail of Blood.

We have not had a lot of historians

to record our glorious past.

Those who did write from among our ranks were martyred

and their writings burned.

Most of our history has been written by our enemies

and written in blood.

Therefore you may be sure that, whenever possible,

the history has been changed by our enemies

to seek to blacken our names.

Dr. Clarence Walker, writing an introduction to

The Trail of Blood

says of J. M. Carroll:

“He found that in ‘church’ history most of it

seemed to be about

the Catholics and Protestants.

The History of the Baptists, he discovered,

was written in blood.

BAPTISTS

were the hated people of the Dark Ages.

BAPTIST

preachers and people were put into prison

and untold numbers were put to death.

The world has never seen anything

to compare with the suffering,

the persecutions, heaped upon

BAPTISTS

by the Catholic Hierarchy

during the Dark Ages.

The Pope was the world’s dictator.

This is why the Ana-Baptists,

before the Reformation,

called the Pope the Anti-Christ.”1

“This history of the ancient churches

is very obscure.

Much of the early recorded history

was either lost or destroyed.

A great part of the history that remains

was changed

to suit the interests of

the Roman Catholic ‘Church’.

All of ‘church’ history

has been involved in much controversy

and was subject to the whims

and fancies of each particular age.”2

Baptists have a heritage

for which

they can be very thankful.

One of the more discouraging features of the age in which we live

is that preachers, young preachers, students

do not have a love for the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ

like they ought.

Church members do not have a love for the Lord’s churches

like they ought.

The reason, or one of the reasons,

is that they are unacquainted with the glorious history

of the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Hopefully, the Baptist History Notebook

will be used of the Lord to create interest

in a study of Baptist History.

Introductory

In order to study the History of the Baptists

we need an introductory study of an underlying principle

that has produced the outward malice toward the Baptists

and the persecutions that caused

The Trail of Blood.

There is reason behind the twelve hundred years of the dark ages

when millions of our Baptist ancestors

sealed their testimonies

by their blood.

There is reason for the persecution, even unto death,

of our Baptist brethren today in Communist countries.

‘The Spiritual War’

that Results in this Bloodshed is

An Invisible War.

“And I will put enmity

between thee and the woman,

and between thy seed and her seed;

it shall bruise thy head,

and thou shall bruise his heel”

(Genesis 3:15).

From the beginning until the end of what we call Time,

a battle has been raging and will continue to rage.

This has been, and is a battle between two kingdoms.

These are the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.

They are known as

The Kingdom of Light

and

the kingdom of darkness;

The Kingdom of Truth

and

kingdom of lies;

The Kingdom of Good

and

the kingdom of evil.

Even though these kingdoms are invisible

they are none the less real.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,

but against principalities, against powers,

against the rulers of the darkness of this world,

against spiritual wickedness in high places”

(Ephesians 6:12).

“Who hath delivered us

from the power of darkness,

and

hath translated us

into the kingdom of His dear Son”

(Colossians 1:13).

Manifestations of this invisible warfare

are seen and experienced by people

in the Visible Realm or in History.

What is Meant By Kingdom?

To understand what we are saying

we must understand what is meant by “kingdom.”

The word, in its Bible usage means “rule.”

Thus The Kingdom of God is the Rule of God.

The kingdom of Satan is the rule of Satan.

Thus,

“For The Kingdom of God

is not meat and drink:

but Righteousness, and Peace,

and Joy in the Holy Ghost”

(Romans 10:17),

means that these three things will result

in the lives of those with whom Christ Rules in the heart.

In the lives of those who are ruled by Satan,

we see different results.

There are but two of these kingdoms,

God’s and Satan’s.

There is enmity between them and always has been.

The people where the

“Kingdom of God is within”

where the rule of God is seen in their lives,

will be the people who experience

the most outward manifestations

of the spiritual warfare.

It will be here that

The Trail of Blood

will be manifested for us to see in our search of History.

The Trail of Blood in

Old Testament Christianity,

as seen in

The Persecution of

God’s Chosen Witnesses

in The Nation of Israel.

In the Old Testament times,

the most outward manifestations of the Rule of God

is to be observed in the nation of Israel.

Certainly, I do not mean to say

that no one outside of Israel was saved, for many were.

….

Nor do I mean to say

that all in Israel were saved, for they were not.

What I do mean to say is that if any group of people

in the Old Testament days

would exhibit God’s rule in their lives

it would be Israel.

“What advantage then has the Jew?

Or what profit is there in circumcision?

Much every way: chiefly,

because that to them

(The Saved Christian Jews,

Serving God in The Old Testament)

Were Committed

The Oracles of God”

(for the Purpose of Being God’s Witnesses).

(Romans 3:1-2).

Having the Truth, The Oracles of God,

( Committed to them

The Saved Christian Jews,

Serving God in The Old Testament, 

for the Purpose of Being God’s Witnesses).

 

would draw Satan’s concentrated efforts toward them.

Hence, persecution for Truth’s sake

would give Israel a

Trail of Blood,

in The Old Testament.

Abel’s blood (Genesis 4:8)

is the beginning of the fulfillment of

THE GOSPEL PROMISE in Genesis 3:15.

The drowning of babies in Exodus 1:22

is actually Satan’s hatred and persecution of Truth.

We see this manifestation in the contrast between Moses

(who represents the Rule of God)

and

Pharaoh (who represents the rule of Satan).

The infamous act of Athaliah in II Chronicles 22:10-12,

in the slaying of the royal seed (except Joash)

was the attempt of Satan

to prevent the coming of our Champion,

the Seed of the woman,

who would be Truth Incarnate.

….

This principle shows what was behind the

persecution of Israel by other nations

and the persecution of Israel’s prophets

by some in Israel itself.

It is Satan moving, behind the scene,

to have his rule in the lives of people

as opposed to them being Ruled by the Lord.

Thank God,

we know the final outcome of this age long battle.

One day

“the Earth Will be full of His Knowledge

and

Glory as waters that cover the sea.”

The Trail of Blood in

New Testament Christianity,

as seen in

The Persecution of

God’s Chosen Witnesses

in The churches of

The Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Jesus Christ

Built His church during His Earthly Ministry.

To that church He Gave the Truth.

“But if I tarry long,

that you may know how to behave yourself

in the house of God,

which is the church of The Living God,

the Pillar and Ground of the Truth”

(I Timothy 3:15).

Israel of the Old Testament was to be

a Priesthood to the nations.

The Jewish Nation of Israel failed,

as God’s Witness in The Old Testament

and Jesus Commissioned the churches

which He Built

to take His Truth into all the World,

in Matthew 28:16-20;

 16 Then the eleven Disciples went away into Galilee,

into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

 17  And when they saw Him, they Worshiped Him;

but some doubted. 

18  And Jesus Came and Spoke to them,

Saying,

All Power is Given to Me in Heaven and in Earth.

 19 Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations,

baptizing them in The Name of The Father,

and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit,

 20Teaching them to observe all things

whatsoever I Have Commanded you;

and, lo, I Am with you always, 

even unto The End of the Age {world}. Amen.”

As they take the Truth into the World

the churches

which JESUS Built,

ALSO

take God’s Eternal Truth into all the World,

and, therefore, will be persecuted by Satan.

Jesus’ churches will be the place

where the Rule of God

will be manifested in outward life,

which thing Satan hates.

This is not to say that only Baptists are Saved,

because that is not true.

All who Trust the Lord Jesus Christ

SPIRITUALLY are SAVED.

Not all Baptists are saved.

So we are not saying that all Baptist churches

(by name or identification) will exhibit a

Trail of Blood.

We are saying

we are most likely to find this manifestation of

Bloody Warfare

between the two kingdoms,

of The kingdom of Darkness

Against The Kingdom of Light,

in True churches of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our search in the Baptist History Notebook

will bear out this truth.

When we observe and

find this manifestation of warfare

between the two kingdoms,

of The kingdom of Darkness

Against The Kingdom of Light,

in True churches of the Lord Jesus Christ,

there will be Evidence in

A TRAIL of BLOOD.

God’s Children are Victims of this

‘Spiritual War’

that Results in Bloodshed,

( physically )

from a WAR that is,

otherwise, INVISIBLE.

We should naturally and logically expect

that those that were

closely involved with these churches Jesus Built,

who were laboring in connection with her,

would come under Satan’s attack.

So we are not disappointed

as we check the Record, in

THE WORD of GOD,

to find out it is true!

The first martyr to fall was

John the Baptist

(Matthew 14:1-12).

Why John? He was the prophesied forerunner of Christ

and the one who gathered the material out of which

Jesus Built His churches (Acts 1:20-22).

The beheading of John was done by Herod

because of Herodias.

Yet, should all be able to see

Satan at work behind the scene.

Satan hates

The Eternal Truth of God,

so Satan hates John The Baptist,

the one who gathered material for

The Church Jesus Built,

in the form of Saved Followers,

who would be

Jesus’ Disciples.

John The Baptist

Baptized

 Jesus’ Disciples,

by

THE AUTHORITY of GOD,

as a man

‘sent from GOD to Baptize’.

The Witness of John
John 1:5;

 “The Light Shines in the darkness,

and

the darkness has not overcome it.

 6 “There came a man 

who Was Sent from God.

 His name was John

(John The Baptist,

SENT BY

THE AUTHORITY of GOD)

 7 “He (John The Baptist)

came as a witness

to testify about the Light,

so that through him

everyone might Believe.…”

John The Baptist

Baptized

 Jesus’ Disciples,

by

THE AUTHORITY of GOD,

from which

JESUS BUILT HIS CHURCH,

which as

 A CONGREGATING ORGANIZATION

was to be

The Depository of God’s Truth.

BY WHAT AUTHORITY ??

When Jesus’ Authority is Challenged,

JESUS ANSWERS with

“THE AUTHORITY of

THE BAPTISM of JOHN The BAPTIST.

Matthew 21:24 

I Will also Ask you one question,”

Jesus Replied,

“and if you answer Me,

I Will Tell you

By What Authority

I Am Doing these things. 

25 “What was the Source

 of John’s Baptism? 

Was it from Heaven

( by THE AUTHORITY of GOD,

from the previous verse:

I Will Tell you

By What Authority’ )

or from men?”

They deliberated among themselves

 and said, 

“If we say, ‘From Heaven,’ 

He Will Ask,

 ‘Why then did you not

Believe Him?’

 26 “But if we say, ‘From men,’

we are afraid of the crowd,

because they all regard

John ( The Baptist)

as a prophet.”

We are Discussing

The ONE and ONLY,

TRUE and LIVING GOD

and

The People in

The Kingdom of God’s Light,

being Attacked and Oppose

UNTIL THE DEATH,

by Lost Individuals

in Satan’s

KINGDOM of DARKNESS.

… 

Next to fall in Bloodshed to Martyrdom was

Jesus, Himself.

Jesus, Himself

was Founder of His church,

A CONGREGATING ORGANIZATION,

which was to be

The Depository of

THE ORACLES of GOD,

which

Jesus Commissioned

to Preach that “Truth”

into all the World,

UNTIL JESUS COMES AGAIN.
… 

JESUS SHED BLOOD is A PORTION

of the battle of the two kingdoms

manifesting itself where the Truth is.

Where there is no truth

there will be no manifestation of a battle.

It was in the Crucifixion of Jesus

that Jesus bruised the head of the serpent.

It was there also that the Serpent bruised Jesus heel.

This was the Ultimate Fulfilling of Genesis 3:15;

THE GOSPEL PROMISE

of

THE PROMISED MESSIAH,

GIVEN to OUR

GREATEST-GREAT-GRAND FATHER and MOTHER,

ADAM and EVE: 

“And I Will Put enmity

between you ( Satan) and the woman,

and between your seed

( the linage of Satan followers)

and her seed ( Jesus,

in the linage from Adam and Eve )

it

( her seed; Jesus,

in the linage from Adam and Eve )

Will Bruise your ( Satan’s) head,

( with an Eternally Fatal ‘Bruise‘ to the ‘head‘)

and you ( Satan) will bruise his (Jesus’) heel

( with a TEMPORARY DEATH-WOUND 

to JESUS’ BODY,

UNTIL JESUS ROSE AGAIN,

from THE GRAVE.)

… 

Even though persecution of God’s kingdom by Satan continues,

Satan and his kingdom received the death blow

when Christ Died at Calvary.

JESUS AROSE FROM THE DEAD

and

is in the Process of Overthrowing Satan’s kingdom

(governments and individuals who are ruled by Satan).

The Spiritual Warfare and Battle,

between

GOD and SATAN

IS TEMPORARY.

This

Spiritual Warfare and Battle,

between

GOD and SATAN

Will Be Finalized at

The Second Coming

of JESUS CHRIST.

Oh! What a happy day!

The next pool of blood came from

Stephen

(Acts 7:54-60).

Why Stephen?

He was a Baptist Deacon affiliated with,

and a member of,

the Jerusalem Baptist Church where “Truth” was

(Acts 6:5;

  “And the saying pleased the whole multitude;

and they chose Stephen,

a man full of faith and of

The Holy Spirit…”

STEPHEN told the LOST Jews,

that they did not Propagate the Message

that God Gave them,

WHEN STEPHEN TOLD THE LOST JEWS:

 51  “Ye stiff-necked and

uncircumcised in heart and ears

( Lost Souls ), 

you do always resist The Holy Spirit;

as your fathers did,

 ( The Jewish Nation of Israel)

so do you.

 52 Which of the prophets

have your fathers

 ( The Jewish Nation of Israel)

not persecuted?

And they

 ( The Jewish Nation of Israel)

have slain them

who showed before of the coming of

The Just One;

of Whom you have been now

the betrayers and murderers;

 53 Who have received The Law

( The Truth, The Word of God,

The Oracles of God )

by the disposition of angels,

and have not kept it.

____________________________

(Acts 7:51-53),

ALMIGHTY GOD is NOW USING

THE CHURCHES that JESUS BUILT

to

Propagate the Message that God Gave them,

by PREACHING: The Law

 The Truth, The Word of God,

The Oracles of God,

AS JESUS COMMANDED THEM TO DO

and, precisely for this,

STEPHEN died.

Who cannot see

behind this visible manifestation of persecution

the invisible hatred and malice of Satan?

The next blood shed was that of

James

(Acts 12:1-2).

Why James?

He had been one of the three closest men

to

The First Pastor Jesus.

James died in Satan’s opposition to The Truth.

The “Trail of Blood”

left by the Lord’s churches

is seen all through the New Testament.

It begins slowly

(Acts 4:13-21).

13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John,

and perceived

that they were unlearned and ignorant men,

they marveled;

and they took knowledge of them,

that they had been with Jesus.

 14  And, beholding the man who was healed

standing with them, they could say nothing against it.

 15 But when they had commanded them

to go aside out of the council,

they conferred among themselves,

 16 Saying, What shall we do to these men?

Because that indeed a Notable Miracle

has been done by them 

is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem;

and we cannot deny it.

 17  But so that it spread no further among the people,

let us strictly threaten them,

that they speak henceforth to no man

in this Name

18  And they called them,

and

commanded them not to speak at all

nor teach in The Name of Jesus.

 19 But Peter and John answered and said to them,

Whether it is {be} right in the sight of God

 to hearken to you

more than unto God,  you judge.

 20 Because we cannot but speak the things

which we have seen and heard.

 21  So when

they had further threatened them,

they let them go,

finding nothing

how they might punish them,

because of the people;

for all men Glorified God

 for that which was done….”

So, at first,

God’s Children who Preached

The GOSPEL of The GOOD NEWS

of

JESUS DEATH, BURIAL

and RESURRECTION,

were, “Threatened“. 

Then, the Persecution of God’s Servants

speeds up and up, as we see in

Acts 5:17-18; 33-40.

17 Then the high priest rose up,

and all they that were with him

(who is the sect of the Sadducees),

and were filled with indignation,

 18 And

laid their hands on the apostles,

and

put them in the common prison….

 33When they heard that, they were cut to the heart,

 and

took counsel to slay them.

34 Then stood there up one in the council,

a Pharisee, named Gamaliel,

teacher {doctor} of the law,

held in reputation among all the people,

and commanded to put the apostles forth

a little space; 

35 And said to them, Ye men of Israel,

take heed to yourselves

what ye intend to do as touching these men.

 36 Because before these days rose up Theudas,

boasting himself to be somebody;

to whom a number of men, about four hundred,

joined themselves; who was slain;

and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered,

and brought to nought.

 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee

in the days of the registration {taxing},

and drew away many {much} people after him;

he also perished,

and all, even as many as obeyed him,

were dispersed.

38 And now I say to you,

Refrain from these men,

and let them alone;

for if this counsel or this work be of men,

it will come to nothing {nought};

 39 But if it be of God, you cannot overthrow it,

lest perhaps {haply}

ye be found even to fight against God.

40 And to him they agreed;

and when they had called the Apostles,

and

beaten them, 

they commanded that they

should not speak in

The Name of Jesus,

and let them go. 

41 And they departed

from the presence of the council,

rejoicing that they were counted worthy

to suffer shame for His Name. 

42 And daily in the Temple,

and in every house,

( which may be Gatherings of

Organized Church Congregations of Jesus Christ)

they ceased not to

Teach and Preach Jesus Christ.

The New Testament then Records

The Persecution of God’s Witnesses,

by Satan’s servants

 gets worse and worse

(Acts 8:1,3; 9:1,2; 14:19; 16:23-24; 18:12-17).

Acts 8:1 “And Saul

( who was

A LOST RELIGIOUS MAN,

at this time,

AND LATER WAS SAVED by JESUS

AND BECAME

“THE APOSTLE PAUL” !!)

was consenting to

his ( Stephen’s) death.

And at that time

there was a great persecution against the church

which was at Jerusalem;

and they were all scattered abroad

throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria,

except the Apostles.

 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, 

and made great lamentation over him.

3 As for Saul,

he made havoc of the church,

entering into every house,

( which, of course, may be Gatherings of

Organized Church Congregations of Jesus Christ)

and haling men and women,

committed them to prison.”

Acts 9:1 And Saul,

yet breathing out

threatenings and slaughter

against the disciples of the Lord,

went unto the high priest,

 2 And desired of him letters to Damascus

to the synagogues,

that if he found any of this way,

( “this way“, meaning:

God’s Children who

Believed and Preached

The GOSPEL of The GOOD NEWS

of

JESUS DEATH, BURIAL

and RESURRECTION )

whether they were men or women,

 he might

bring them bound to Jerusalem.”

Acts 14:19 And there came there certain Jews

from Antioch and Iconium,

who persuaded the people,

and, having stoned Paul,

( who, before was ‘Saul

and is NOW called ‘Paul‘,

AFTER JESUS SAVED HIS SOUL )

 drew him out of the city,

supposing he had been dead.” 

 Acts 16:23 “And when they had

laid many stripes on them,

they cast them into prison,

charging the jailer

to keep them safely;

 24 “Who, having received such a charge,

thrust them into the inner prison,

and made their feet

fastened into the stocks.”

Acts 18:12 “And when Gallio was the deputy of Achaia,

the Jews made insurrection

with one accord against Paul,

and brought him

to the judgment seat,

 13Saying, This fellow persuades men

to Worship God contrary to the law

14  “And when Paul

was now about to open his mouth,

Gallio said to the Jews,

If it were a matter of wrong

or wicked crime {lewdness},

you Jews,

reason would that I should bear with you;

 15 “But if it be a question of words and names,

and of your law, look you to it; 

for I will be no judge of such matters.

 16 “And he drove them from the judgment seat.

 17  “Then all the Greeks took Sosthenes,

the chief ruler of the synagogue,

and

beat him

 before the judgment seat.

And Gallio cared for none of those things.”

And thus it has been

and will be throughout history.

Our “notebook” will bring this to light

in the chapters that follow.

There is no rest in this warfare.

God has chosen you to be soldiers

and to stand in the gap,

contending for the Truth.

If it should become necessary for us

to seal our testimony with our blood,

may God’s Grace Strengthen us to our Duty.

As Baptists,

we have a Noble Heritage and

 A Rewarding Future Inheritance.

Through we may be like sheep among the wolves

let us be courageous, even into the end.

Notes on Chapter One:

1 J. M. Carroll, The Trail of Blood, page 2.
2 Norman H. Wells, The Church That Jesus Loved, page 90.

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