To the right is a portrait of Pastor Obadiah Holmes (1606 - 1682) who was the second pastor of the Newport Church in Rhode Island, the first Baptist Church in America. See the account of his scoring for the crime of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in History of the Baptists by Thomas Armitage, 1887, pp. 687-688.
The true church consists of the ones who have been slandered, persecuted and murdered by pagan Roman, the Catholics, the Mohammedans, the Protestants, and the Communists for over 2000 years. This is a sign that they are followers of Christ. (2 Tim 2:12; Matt 5:10-12)
The true church is the ones who have preserved the Word of God and it's precious doctrines pure from the days of Christ till now. They are the "... the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the Truth." (1 Tim 3:15)
True Church History is the story of the Baptists. They had many names through the centuries: Novationists, Dontatists, Montanists, Waldenses, Cathars, Paterines, Petrobrussians, Albigenses, Bogomils, Paulicians, Arnoldists, Henricians, etc., etc., etc. Later their enemies called them Anabaptists, and finally just Baptists.
These are the ones who have followed the Lord Jesus Christ since the days of His earthly sojourn till today.
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