The following are my concerns about Mr. Allen J. Brummel’s review of the Life and Mission of William Carey by Timothy George in the June/1994 issue of the Beacon Lights.
Mr. Brummel has failed to show the errors of the Baptist religion. The readers of the Beacon Lights (our beloved young people) may conclude from this review that the Baptist religion is without error. In Paragraph two: “Carey felt responsible to bring this glorious (Baptist) gospel to all of his relatives.” In paragraph seven; “This trio was able to accomplish much in the way of spreading the (Baptist) gospel through India. A Baptist church was organized as well as schools for the training of the children.” The “unshakable” and “unchangeable principles” of paragraph eight are not being taught in the Baptist churches and schools of today.
Our young people should hear and know why they are Protestant Reformed. They should be hearing about the subtle evils that lurk in other religions.
Would Mr. Brummel please correct this situation for the sake of what our churches stand for and for the sake of our beloved young people.
Clarence De Groot
Dear Mr. Clarence De Groot,
Thank you for your concerns regarding my book review of The Life and Times of William Carey. I appreciate your concern for our young people as I also desire that our young people be informed regarding the subtle evils of other religions.
The focus of the book which I reviewed was not on the Baptist religion, but on William Carey. I do not know enough about the Baptist churches of the 18th century to offer a knowledgeable critique. My focus was on Carey’s mission principles. The principles of missions to which William Carey subscribed were Biblical. He viewed missions as the work of the sovereign God. Carey viewed the Scriptures as the revelation of God’s infallible Word. Carey preached salvation through Jesus Christ alone. Only God knows his heart, but from this book it seems evident that Carey was a pious, devoted Christian. Carey would be disappointed with most modern day missionaries who go under the Baptist name.
William Carey had many weaknesses. I deliberately chose not to expose all of his faults. William Carey was subject to a mission board instead of a church. He sacrificed everything, even his wife and family, for the sake of the gospel. Whether or not he should have done these things is open to debate. Any careful reading of this or any other biography of a missionary will bring up many questions. Rather than exposing all of Carey’s weaknesses, I wanted to encourage our young people (and adults) to read with discernment.
My intent in the book review was to convey some of the enthusiasm for missions which was evident in William Carey’s life and work. My intent was not to critique the Baptist religion. I am in no way in favor of the Baptist religion, nor am I a disciple of Baptist mission principles. I assumed that the readers were aware of the errors prevalent in the Baptist movement. This may have been an unwise assumption. If anyone has concluded from my review that the Baptist religion is without error, I have led them astray. For this I apologize.
Although the Baptists have many serious errors, we can learn much from the Baptist’s zeal for missions. Today, when many other mainline denominations are struggling in their mission work, the Southern Baptists are forging ahead. They are so zealous in spreading what we know is a watered-down gospel. We confess and preach the precious gospel of Christ in its most pure form. This ought to cause us to tremble. What is God’s expectation of us? Are we as zealous as we ought to be?
In Christ’s love,
Allen J. Brummel