The Strict and Particular Baptists organized several regional Associations. To name a few, there were (1) The Suffolk and Norfolk Association organized in 1769, and reorganized in affirmation of High-Calvinism in 1829; (2) The London Association of Strict Baptist Ministers and Churches (1846); (3) The London Strict Baptist Association (1849); (4) The Metropolitan Association of Strict Baptist Churches (1871); (5) The Northern Counties Union of Strict Baptists (1895). To this list may also be added the Gospel Standard churches (1870’s), which is the only 19th century Association functioning today. Each Association drew up its own doctrinal statement.
Preface I was the pastor of a Strict and Particular Baptist church (Bethesda Chapel, Kensington) in London, England, for twenty years. The church was organized in 1866, with a number of prominent Strict Baptist preachers presiding over the meeting, such as John Hazelton of Mount Zion Chapel, Chadwell Street. As with many Strict Baptist churches of the mid-twentieth century, the Bethesda congregation decreased in number and her teachings merged with those of Low and Moderate-Calvinism. It was into that context I was appointed the pastor in 1999. For the first eleven years of ministry, I assumed the Low and Moderate Calvinist view of the gospel was that around which the church had been organized. However, as I explored the history of the church, and indeed,…