The Only Thorough Reformers
What does it mean to be a Baptist? Though ideas abound, we get some of the best answers ever put into print from John Quincy Adams. For with unashamed boldness and clarity Adams articulates the fundamental distinctives of the Baptist Faith. These fundamentals include the important of Sola Scriptura, believer’s baptism, the separation of the church and state, equality of the saints, and liberty of conscious.
Even C. H. Spurgeon, calling it “the best Manual of Baptist principles I have met,” and included the text in his Pastor’s College curriculum. First published in 1858 and reprinted multiple times since, this work has become a classic book on Baptist principles. And over 150 years later, we too, affirm the testimony of Spurgeon and countless others.
About Author John Quincy Adams
The John Q. Adams who wrote Baptists: The Only Thorough Reformers is not to be confused with the early American president, one of the nation’s founding fathers. Rather, this one by the same name was a Baptist pastor in the United States and a contemporary of C. H. Spurgeon. After years of correspondence, he and Spurgeon finally met in 1868 in Londaon, and Spurgeon informed Adams that he had used his book about the Baptists as a text in the Pastor’s College at Metropolitan Tabernacle.