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Parry, John - 23 November 1840 Letter

[The following letter by John Parry (b. 1789) was published in the Christian Messenger and Reformer, January 1841, p. 398.]

 

Newmarket, November 23, 1840.

 

Dear Brother,

“As cold waters,” says the wise man, “to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” To Christians who have themselves tasted that the Lord is gracious, it cannot fail giving pleasure to hear that our Redeemer’s kingdom is spreading in the earth. If there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth, how suitable it is that we should rejoice when we hear of our fellow mortals submitting to the government of our King. Under these impressions, I shall beg of you to submit to the readers of the Messenger the following interesting information.

      Last month it was in my mind to revisit some places where I had been some time back sowing the good seed, and proclaiming the ancient apostolic gospel. At that time I knew not above two in the principality of Wales that knew the apostolic gospel; but now, to my exceeding joy, I have visited several churches, which I believe are founded on the doctrine of the apostles of the Lamb: hallelujah. In Merionethshire I preached several times to many hundreds at a time: all my friends were greatly comforted, and many of the audience, by all appearance, were convinced of their error. As I was preaching one Lord’s day in a place called Ramath, in Merionethshire, the audience appeared like as if they were ready to shout for joy: others in tears: one man after the sermon was over, stood upon a bench, and said, “Be it known to every man that I am for receiving remission of my sins today;” that instant, without any further information , he was led to the water to be born again, or immersed for the remission of all his past sins. Glory be to God. I expect to hear every day that there has been many more added to the church since I left.

      I have written, and published lately, a large essay on the Christian Religion. In the preface I have said that the whole doctrine of Calvin, and that of the Arminians, does not contain the doctrine of reconciliation, and I could prove it as easy as I could prove that Christ died on a cross. I have also challenged one of the champions of the age, a Methodist circuit priest; one that derides baptism very much, or any other Wesleyan, Calvinist, lord Bishop, or Pope, to debate on the subject of baptism any day.

 

J. PARRY.

 

 

[The following is an English translation of a paragraph from Hanes y Bedyddwyr yng Nghymru (History of the Baptists in Wales) by Spinther James, published in 1903.]

 

In 1819, we have John Parry, Newmarket, Flintshire, as preacher in Bryndeunydd church, Llannefydd, and a J. R. Jones wishing “of the Lord to make him a blameless worker truly sharing the word of truth.” John Parry was a stone mason by trade, a man possessing a knowledge higher than the ordinary, but unstable in his religious views. When Alexander Campbell’s views, together with his order of establishing churches under the name “Disciples,” abstaining from all forms of creed and discipline, and all council authority, became known in this country, John Parry embraced them enthusiastically; and it appears that he succeeded in getting some small churches, and amongst them Moelunben church, to join him, and they, about 1842, were called “John Parry’s Association.” He published a book to explain his principles under the name “Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.” In the end he joined the Mormons, and went to Salt Lake City.

 

[Comment from Paul Dover from Wales: “I find the comment about the ‘John Parry Association’ interesting; probably this was a name used by his enemies rather than friends, names like this were always anathema to us.”]

 

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Parry, John

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