Friday, July 18, 2008


William Screven-1689 in 1699

Dear Courteous Reader,

Have you heard of William Screven? He was a Baptist pastor in Maine, who, due to persecution from the official church there, moved with most of the congregation to Charleston, South Carolina in 1696. The church joined with Baptists already there to become the first Baptist church in the South, FBC of Charleston.

Just three years later, William Screven had to retire at age 70, due to poor health. To conclude his farewell sermon, he spoke these words regarding the selection of a new pastor:

"Be sure you take care the person be orthodox in the faith, and of blameless life, and does own the confession put forth by our brethren in London in 1689."

Are you familiar with this confession, the 1689 Second London Confession of Baptist Faith?

If not, I urge you to read and study it. If you do, I think you will see why William Screven thought it so important. Here's the link:

If you would like more information on this, I am at your disposal.

Love in Christ,



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