the General Association met at Depuy's meetinghouse on the second Saturday in
August 1775, the ferment in the colony of Virginia, as well as in the other
colonies, in determining to resist the oppression of the political and religious
establishment, produced a very favorable season for the Baptists. They were, to
a man, in favor of any revolution by which they could obtain freedom of
religion, having been ground under by Virginia's interpretation of toleration
under British laws. They resolved at this session to circulate petitions to the
Virginia Convention, or General Assembly, throughout the colony, asking that the
state church establishment be abolished and that religious societies be
protected in the peaceable enjoyment of their own religious principles and modes
May we never forget and may we pass on to our posterity that a vital part of our Baptist heritage involves religious liberty in America. Thanks be unto God for great statesmen, such as Madison, who were sensitive and knowledgeable of the needs of our oppressed forefathers and that they had the wisdom to devise or develop a constitution that has enabled us to evangelize our nation. May other peoples of the world be as blessed. God help us to be thankful and instill biblical principles of salvation and government into the hearts of future generations.
This Day in Baptist History, ©1993 by E. Wayne Thompson and David L. Cummins. Used by permission.
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