John Mason Peck –
Revive Thy Word, O Lord!
The Sinking Creek Baptist Church in Tennessee met for their business meeting, on November 17, 1798. The minutes of that meeting revealed that no business was brought forward but a “ . . . fast [was] proclaimed.” Believers recognized that iniquity was abounding, and only a Divine intervention by the Lord would be sufficient to withstand the onslaught of the devilish enemy. These folks were desperate, and they began to agonize before God for revival, and God answered! Oh, that we today might come to the realization that our hope is not in the modern-day attempts to conform the church to the world’s standards that we might impact the world! How ridiculous is such an idea! We need God’s empowerment of the church to confront the world! In the book by Burkitt and Read, A Concise History of the Kehukee Baptist Association reported, “Persons of the most dissolute lives, as drunkards, swearers, liars, thieves, &c., became sober, punctual, honest, virtuous persons. Surely that religion must be of God that makes people godly from good principles; that makes better husbands, better wives, better children, more obedient servants, better masters, better neighbors, and better citizens. This the work has evidently done.” Not only did Baptists experience revival, but Presbyterians and Methodists knew the blessings of Heaven as well. The noted Presbyterian preacher, Gideon Blackburn, wrote, “The ball room, tippling shops, and taverns have, in a number of instances, been . . . converted into places of prayer and praise.” The impact was not merely a temporary emotional experience bearing no continuing results. J. M. Peck, Baptist hero of home missions, wrote in an 1852 issue of The Christian Review, “Multitudes of strong men, proud of their habits of free-thinking, were converted in so sudden and impressive a mode as to perplex and confound their associates.”
Dr. Dale R. Hart From: “This Day in Baptist History III” David L. Cummins pp. 671 – 673