How Baptists Reminded the World to Defy Tyranny
We wrote The Ezekiel Decalaration, an open letter decrying segregation and the need to maintain liberty of conscience regarding matters of vaccination. This small letter was far more successful and had a far higher reach than we ever expected. But though we expected criticism, what we did not expect was how few in the more prominent roles of Baptist Church leadership around the country were willing to speak out against tyranny. Over the months after August, we recognised something; a lot of Christians had forgotten the incredible legacy of advocating for liberty of conscience in society, particularly the Baptist Church.
- Authors: Matthew Littlefield and Timothy Grant
- Contributor: Stephen Chavura
- ISBN: 9 780645 516104
- Pages: 320
- Released: 15 July 2022
- RRP: $39.97
What people are saying…
Pastor, grace baptist Church (Aberdeen), Director of Parresia, Secretary of Melville-Knox Christian School (Aberdeen) & author of “The Basics of Christianity” and “Biblical Marriage: Two Sinners and a Gracious God”
…Undoubtedly a significant contribution for our current fight to uphold Biblical truth on matters of Christian liberty and conscience…
Church history is an important study for the Christian to learn how Biblical truth has been upheld and defended throughout the centuries. It becomes increasingly pertinent when the Church becomes entrenched in vagueness and error; which has been the reality for a significant portion of the Church in following Covid-19 government measures.
In a time where some crucial Biblical teaching has been written and preached in response to this, I am delighted to commend this unique work looking at a very contemporary issue through the lens of those who have gone before us. This book is informative, challenging and relevant and is undoubtedly a significant contribution for our current fight to uphold Biblical truth on matters of Christian liberty and conscience.
SOCIAL COmmentator, Bible College lecturer
…all Christians will greatly benefit from this work. The authors are to be commended…
This is a very thorough yet fully readable historical and theological account of the importance of religious liberty and the freedom of conscience. While always an important topic, the past two years of draconian statist responses to Covid have made this issue even more urgent. Despite the Baptist emphasis, all Christians will greatly benefit from this work. The authors are to be commended for this important publication.
Dr. Stephen Chavura
researcher & Lecturer (political & Church History)
This book offers an illuminating and readable account of the tradition of religious liberty in the Baptist tradition.
The Baptists are important in this history, and this book offers an illuminating and readable account of the tradition of religious liberty in the Baptist tradition. It is a book that Baptist ministers, teachers, and denominational leaders must read to appreciate the great tradition of Baptist critique of the pretensions of the state.
But it is also a book that may be read by members of other denominations, many of whom once enjoyed an established status, but now, with the rise of a new ideological establishment, find themselves not only little better off than the Baptists today, but, it must be said, may find themselves little better off than the Baptists many hundreds of years ago in countries in which to be a Baptist was enough to be persecuted.
BOB COTTON OAM
Pastor, Maitland Christian Church
The authors have presented an extremely detailed and timely study that correctly recognises the limits of the state in relation to Christian practice and worship.
The authors have presented an extremely detailed and timely study that correctly recognises the limits of the state in relation to Christian practice and worship. Today’s Christian community owes a tremendous debt to the early Baptists who stood firm on matters of the conscience. Their example ought to encourage us to confidently and faithfully resist any intrusion of Caesar into that which is God’s and God’s alone.
About the AUTHORS
Rev Matthew Littlefield is the senior pastor at New Beith Baptist Church, and has been in ministry since 2009 in various roles. He has a Masters in Theology from Malyon Theological College, is a writer for Caldron Pool on history, politics, theology and social issues facings the Church of Australia, and is a co-author of The Ezekiel Declaration.
Matthew is an ardent believer that people, nations and politicians should bow for the King of Kings, Jesus Christ, and is dedicated to preaching that message, even when it is unpopular in days like ours.
Pastor Tim Grant is the senior pastor of Mount Isa Baptist Church, and has been in ministry for over a decade in various roles. He has a BMin and a MaTh from Malyon College. He is a coauthor of The Ezekiel Declaration.
Tim has recently been encouraged in reading accounts of Christians in Former Eastern Bloc countres and the choice they faced to be either faithful or succesful.