Licking Association of Particular Baptists of Kentucky
It is the opinion and advice of this Association, to the Churches composing her body, that they use the common version of the New Testament, in preference to any other whatever. God has blessed it to the souls of His people for a long time; and our hopes and our prayers are, that He will in much mercy continue to do it.
Lewis Corbin, Moderator, Thomas P. Dudley Clerk; 1827
We find the most palpable discord between the “Mother of Harlots” and her Protestant daughters – while she charges those daughters with apostasy, they charge her with being the Apocalyptic Beast. All would be left in doubt, but of “the sure word of prophecy.” No wonder that the Old Mother forbids to her children the use of our Bible! The wonder is, rather, that her Protestant daughters submit, with so much seeming patience, to the grand-children, having recourse to the “King James translation of the Holy Scriptures.”
Thomas P. Dudley, Lexington, Ky., Aug. 30, 1859
We, beloved, have a Book of Truth, a “sure word of prophecy,” given by inspiration of God, which is profitable. The truth of the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures being admitted by us – blest with the Book of God – we concur in the acknowledgment that we have the last will and testament of Jesus Christ, and that we prefer it to any other and all other books in the world. We are willing to risk the supposed delusion in relation to its version, that is, the common version [i.e., King James or Authorized, rlv] the good old book – and are willing also that people may pity; pity our ignorance, should they think it such, in this determination; believing with all our hearts, that its contents will be ratified in Heaven.
“What is Truth?” Joel Morehead, 1892 Circular Letter of Licking Association of Particular Baptists of Kentucky
M. W. Gilbert, First Colored Baptist Church, Nashville, Tennessee
Our common English Bible, our King James’ Bible, translated by seventy eminent men, not one of whom was a Baptist, will lead one aright, though he know not one letter of Greek. Thousands of men and women have joined the Baptist churches by their own unaided reading of the word of God. And thousands more will join it thus. Oh, that we could get everybody of every church to read the word of God for himself! Read the word of God for yourself. Read it with a view to discover truth and unearth error. Read it to find out your duty. Read it for instruction. Read it for your sanctification. “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and these are they which testify of me,” Jesus said.
“Baptism,” M. W. Gilbert, (Pastor of the First Colored Baptist Church, Nashville, Tenn.) in The Negro Baptist Pulpit: A Collection of Sermons and Papers, Edward Macknight Brawley, editor, Philadelphia, PA: American Baptist Publication Society, 1890, p. 136