Isaac Johnson

Isaac Charles Johnson (1811-1911) was a Strict and Particular Baptist deacon and preacher. He served the office of deacon for many years with the church meeting at Zoar Chapel, Gravesend, Kent. In 1842, he joined the company of J. Wells, W. Tant, W. Allen and W. Garrard in the publication of “The Gospel Ambassador”. In business, having completed studies in Chemistry, and employed at a manufacturing company which produced Roman cement, he invented a harder and higher quality substance which became known at Portland cement. He served as Mayor and Justice of Peace of Gateshead, sat on the board for a number of commissions and was elected president of the Gravesend Liberal Association and the Gravesend Total Abstinence Society.

  • Isaac Johnson,  The Gospel Ambassador

    “God Is For Me”

    Is God for me? I fear not, though all against me rise; When I call on Christ, my Saviour, the host of evil flies. My Friend—the Lord Almighty, and He who loves me—God. What enemy shall harm me, though coming as a flood?” “When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies be turned back: this I know; for God is for me.”—Ps 56:9 Happy, thrice happy is the man who has the eternal God for his Refuge; under whom "the everlasting arms" are eternally placed; and who with heaven-inspired confidence can say, "God is for me." There never was a period, in duration's endless round, in which this language did not stand true, concerning the Church collectively, and every individual member of Christ's mystical…

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    An Appreciation For The Life And Testimony Of Isaac Charles Johnson

    “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings: he shall not stand before mean men.” “Prosperity,” as Bacon says, “is the blessing of the Old Testament, adversity of the New”; the truth of which, observation continually confirms. Few of the Lord's people are largely endowed with the good things of this life, and many, whose spirituality is eminent, experience a large measure of failure, poverty and sorrow in varied forms. This, however, thank God, is not invariably the case, as appears in the long and honourable career of the subject of this article. He began life as the son of poor parents and received only a most rudimentary education. When this was supposed to be completed he was sent to…

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    The Life And Ministry Of Isaac Charles Johnson

    On the 28th January, 1811, a weakly atom of humanity was ushered into this sin-covered world. He was the second born of his parents, and the only one out of several to struggle through the various stages of life, all the others dying in infancy. His mother often grieved over him, saying, "He will never make old bones." At the age of three years something happened to him that is not easy to describe. While lying in a little bed in a recess, he was the subject of a sort of visitation, such as is seen in pictures, where angels are hovering over a sleeping child, by which he was much frightened, and the manifestation of that fear alarmed his parents. Without attaching undue importance…