63 – March – 04 – THIS DAY IN BAPTIST HISTORY PAST

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An Anabaptist imprisoned

March 4, 1647, the Baptists of England received some relief from persecution when the Lords and Commons published a declaration providing some religious freedom.  In essence it said that even though they would wish that all would agree on the subject of “infant baptism”, it still remained a matter of time and place, therefore men should come to a reasonable conclusion from the Word of God, “…without being beaten out of it by force and violence.”  This referred to the fact that early in the 17th Century, Samuel Oats, a very popular preacher went into Essex, and an adjoining country, and baptized great numbers of converts.  One of those women died after she had been dipped in cold water, Oats was indicted, sent to prison for murder but acquitted by a jury.  However the enmity was so great against Oats that a group of rowdies dragged…

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