053 – This Day In Baptist History Past

February 23, 1827 – Elder James Smith Coleman was born, and was saved early in life, uniting with the Beaver Dam Baptist Church when he was eleven. His great-grandparents had come to Baptist convictions upon coming to America, for they read Luther’s translation of the Greek baptize with the German “taufen,” and, being German, they knew that meant immersion! In adulthood Coleman set aside the call to preach and was elected sheriff of his county, but one evening as he attended a revival service, the Holy Spirit touched his heart, and he resigned his office and began preaching with great power. He became known as the “Old War Horse,” and used the art of debate to get the gospel out. One such debate was with a Methodist preacher named Rev. Caskey on the subject of “Household baptism.” The pedobaptists used the argument that Paul baptized entire household’s such as Lydia’s household that there must have been infants present. In that it was built totally on conjecture, Bro. Coleman made up a big yarn about Lydia being a widow, but never had but one child, a daughter, who married a red-haired, one-eyed shoemaker, and had moved to Damascus, and had not been as home for years, and that her household consisted at that time of herself and her servants. When the Methodist Caskey said, “Dr. Coleman, how do you know what you have just said?” In a lion like voice the reply came, “I inferred, Sir, just like you inferred that there were children in the household.” The crowd broke into laughter and the debate was over. Shortly after, a Methodist class leader, became a Baptist and ultimately served the Lord in Baptist churches in Missouri and in the West.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins Thompson /, pp. 74-75.


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