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The Iron Pen #80

"...graven with an iron pen and lead..." Job 19:24
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.

God & Country

The Biblical Baptism of Washington
Pastor David L. Brown, Ph.D.

American History was not my favorite class in high school. The truth be known, there weren’t many classes that I did enjoy! But, all that has changed. It has been a great adventure for me studying American History as an adult. But, not the edited version presented in the public school texts of today. Many of those books seek to demean and even vilify our Founding Fathers. To be sure, they were far from perfect. Yet, neither are they the perverse scoundrels they are alleging to be today! I have gone way back, as best as I can, to the original sources looking for demonstrations of Christian faith and character in our Founding Fathers and I have found many evidences of such. George Washington is one of my favorite Founding Fathers. Hanging on the wall in my office is a beautiful lithograph of George Washington kneeling in prayer beside his horse. It is based on the eyewitness account given by Isaac Potts, General Washington’s temporary landlord. Then there is the Currier & Ives portrait of George Washington with his hand placed on an open Bible, being sworn into office April 30, 1789. Washington had instructed that the Bible be opened to Deuteronomy 28 to swear his oath. But, my favorite painting is of George Washington being baptized by immersion by Brigadier Chaplain John Gano. The Baptist chaplain was nicknamed, "The Fighting Chaplain." He had become close friends with Washington. One day General Washington approached the chaplain and said, "I have heard you preach and have been investigating the Scriptures, and I believe immersion to be the baptism taught in the Word of God, and I demand baptism at your hands. I do not wish any parade made, or the army called out, but simply a quiet administration of the ordinance." In the presence of 42 witnesses, Washington was immersed in the Potomac.

While there are historians who doubt the account, because there is no written record in Washington’s papers, it is obvious that Washington did not want to make a public display of it. I should note, among the 42 witnesses was Gano’s oldest son Daniel. Time magazine, September 5, 1932, on the bicentenary of the birthday of George Washington, carried an article giving the account of the General being baptized by immersion by Gano.

It is apparent Washington held Chaplain Gano in the highest esteem. Washington giving the chaplain a special sword that had been given to him by the Marquis de Lafayette evidences this. Finally, it was Chaplain John Gano, under orders from General Washington, who announced on April 19, 1783, that the war was over, and the United States of America was free and independent. Gano then led the assembled officers and enlisted men in a prayer of thanksgiving for victory and peace. It was eight years exactly from when the shots were fired on Lexington Green and at Concord: April 19, 1775!

(Note: John Gano became the pastor of the First Baptist Church in New York in 1762. The church grew under his ministry from 26 to 200 members. He left to serve as a revolutionary war chaplain and then returned to pastor them until 1788. The picture of the biblical baptism and the sword are on display at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri.)

Emblems of The Holy Spirit
D. L. Moody

Emblems are God’s chosen illustrations from natural things to help us understand the work of the Holy Spirit, so that we may get a clear view of spiritual truth. The promised third Person of the Trinity came at Pentecost (Acts 1:4, 5, 8; 2:1-4). Below are emblems used of the Holy Spirit.

Fire – It searches; it purifies; it illuminates.

Water – It cleanses; it fertilizes; it refreshes.

Rain & Dew – They refresh; they fructify (to make fruitful); they are abundant.

Wind – It is independent; it is reviving; it is in motion; it is powerful

Seal – It impresses; it secures.

Dove – It is gentle; it is meek; it is innocent.

Oil – It consecrates; it comforts; it heals.

Point To Ponder

"Tis the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son and the heir of all things and He to whom the Father has committed all power in Heaven and earth and to whom He hath commanded every knee to bow and every tongue confess. Then how sad must be their estates who refuse to love, honor and obey Him…They are dreadfully doomed that will not receive and own Christ." John Gano

Declaration of Divine Truth & A Repudiation of Human Error
J. Sidlow Baxter

"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1

This first "testimony" of Jehovah is not only a declaration of Divine truth, but a repudiation of human error. Here’s why.

"In the beginning God…" denies Atheism with its doctrine of no God.

"In the beginning God…" denies Polytheism with its doctrine of many gods.

"In the beginning God created…" denies Fatalism with its doctrine of change.

"In the beginning God created…" denies Evolution with its doctrine of infinite becoming.

"God created the heaven and the earth…" denies the Pantheism which makes God and the universe identical.

"God created the heaven and the earth…" denies Materialism which asserts the eternity of matter.

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"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
Acts 4:12

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1 Corinthians 2:9

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