Of course! Was there not a future for the Strict and Particular Baptists during the days of the Apostles? The church is built upon Christ, and the gates of hell will not prevail against her. As God reserved to Himself in the days of Elijah seven thousand men, who did not bow the knee to the image of Baal, even so then at this present also there is a remnant in England according to the election of grace. However, we cannot expect, in England’s current culture, the type of growth and expansion experienced by the Strict and Particular Baptists during the 18th and 19th centuries. The country simply isn’t conducive, as it once was, to the preaching of the gospel. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. This is a time for churches in England to hunker down in preparation for the storm of persecution; this is a time for churches to be wise as serpents, gentle as doves; this is a time for churches to recommit themselves to the Lord, and to strengthen their knowledge and hearts in the doctrines of grace; this is a time for churches to remain faithful to Christ and to one another, and to press forward in the work of the gospel; this is a time for churches to follow the example of Peter and the other Apostles, insomuch that they rejoiced, having been counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Christ, and so went forth, ceasing not to teach and preach the gospel in the temple and in every house. Yes, there is a future for the Strict and Particular Baptists in England, but the churches must discern the signs of the times and seek to be faithful to the Lord within their sphere of ministry.

However, if it is a growth and expansion of the Strict and Particular Baptists we are praying for, then work must be carried out in a nation and culture that is more conducive to the preaching of the gospel. This was the atmosphere which enabled the Strict and Particular Baptists to flourish in the 18th and 19th centuries; it the atmosphere which will enable them to flourish again. It is for this reason, we believe the Lord has laid on our hearts to pioneer a Strict and Particular Baptist movement in the Philippines. And, if the Lord blesses the work, to the point that many pastors and evangelists are trained for the gospel ministry, it is my long term prayer that some of these men may migrate to England in order to pastor some of the Strict and Particular Baptist churches that remain. In this way, not only may we see many more churches organized in other parts of the world (Philippines), but these churches may be able to support and strengthen the Strict and Particular Baptist congregations in England.



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