Jeff Robinson, over at the Founders Ministries Blog, writes:
Abraham Cheare lived from 1626 to 1668 and suffered profoundly for the cause of Christ. Virtually his entire life and ministry as a Particular Baptist pastor in Plymouth, Devon, England, is a testimony to the faithfulness of God in putting His man on display as a trophy of grace amid grinding persecution.
Perhaps one of the most bombastic opponents of Baptist distinctives was Anglican clergyman Daniel Featly who wrote the not-so-subtly titled tract, The Dippers Dipt; or, the Anabaptists Duck’d and Plung’d over Head and Ears. Featly proved to be a virulent opponent, whose bile for Baptists seemed to turn increasingly bitter with the passing of time. Featly wrote a follow-up tract to “Dippers Dipt,” cautioning England against the “wild preachings and practices of the Anabaptists.” In it Featly put Baptists and their doctrine in league with the Quakers and groups that similarly claimed special revelation, writing:
The Anabaptists are a lying and blasphemous sect, falsely pretending to divine visions and revelations. All devisers of new religions and spiritual imposters ascribe their new doctrine of worship to some divine authour, either God himself or some Angel sent from him; and this they doe, not so much to amuse the vulgar, as to secure their persons and actions from the test of examination.
Over at the Pure Church blog, Pastor Anyabwile writes:
Michael Haykin, in his book Rediscovering Our English Baptist Heritage: Kiffin, Knollys, and Keach, provides a valuable, crisp overview of the early years of Calvinistic Baptist development. Anyone looking for a quick read of this history (97 pages) and an introduction to the major figures pioneering the movement would do well to read this well-written, succinct summary.
Of the many things I appreciated about Haykin’s summary was the frequent attention he gave to the major lessons we may appropriate from these forebears for our own day. The concluding chapter draws our attention to three lessons in particular.
Typology and Federal Headship (Isaac Backus)
Typically, all Abraham’s posterity were in covenant, both believers and unbelievers: and ante-typically all his spiritual seed are in the covenant of grace, both Jews and Gentiles. Rom. iv. 11, 12. And so that text is limited in Act. ii. 39. Which is so much insisted upon. The promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, EVEN as MANY as the Lord our God shall call. There is the limits; as many of us, and of our children as are effectually called, are heirs of the promise, and no others. Heb. vi. 17, 18, and ix. 15. And to cut this matter short, we in general don’t pretend to be Abraham’s natural seed; then shew me if you can, how the natural seed of believing Gentiles as such, ever become Abraham’s spiritual children: that which is born of the flesh is flesh: and how came those who are only your fleshly posterity, any way to be Abraham’s seed?