|'Absoluters' Excommunicated in 1652|
|Written by Various|
The following excerpt comes from the minutes of a Baptist Church in Huntingdomshire England in the year 1652. It records the exclusion of two church members for five reasons. The fourth reason informs that these people ascribed to a view modern Primitive Baptists would call the "Absolute Predestination of All Things," or "Absolutism" in short.
The argument has been made by modern Absoluters that our forefathers exclusively held to the concept of Absolutism, ie. that every event on Earth (righteous or wicked) is attributable to the Will of God. Generally, the ambiguous language of the 1689 London Confession is used as proof of this viewpoint. The following short excerpt is proof that our forefathers did not subscribe to the Absolute Predestination of All Things.
A special thanks to Elder Gene Thomas for sharing this quote that he found in his extensive studies of Baptist history.
Underhill, Edward B., editor, Records of Baptist Churches at Fenstanton, Warboys and Hexham, 1644-1720, 1854.