In 1671, the first Seventh Day Sabbath keeping congregation was founded
in New Port, Rhode Island, by Stephen
Finding no other sabbath keepers with whom to convocate, the Mumfords began
to fellowship with members of the Sunday keeping First Baptist Church,
while still observing the sabbath on Saturday privately in their own home.
It was with five members of this congregation that they eventually formed
a sabbath keeping church. (Seventh Day Baptist Memorial, Vol
1, pg 36)
They kept the Ten Commandments.
They believed in the immersion baptism of adults and did not baptize children.
They believed in the "laying on of hands".
They practiced the foot washing described in John 13:3-16.
They did not refer to ministers as "Reverends", since they believed only God should be revered.
They were a pacifistic people who opposed war, slavery, and secret societies.
They did not believe in the trinity.
They believed the Holy Spirit was the "Power of God".
In his book, "A History of the Sabbatarians or Seventh Day Baptist's in America", Henry Clarke claims that these sabbath keepers did not adhere to the doctrine of a trinity.
Another assembly sprang from out of this Church in western Rhode Island at Hopkinton.
This Rhode Island church also spread to other areas, as the "Seventh day Baptist Memorial" chronicles.
In 1703, a Sabbath keeping congregation was started at Piscataway, New Jersey and later at Shrewsbury New Jersey, calling themselves the "Church of God" and are both linked in this journal directly to the Rhode Island Church. (Vol 2, No 3, pg 121 and Vol 2, No 4, pg 160)
By the late seventeen hundreds, the congregation at Hopkinton had grown to become one of the largest Sabbath keeping Churches in America with close to one thousand members.
It was during this time that the strongly established Sunday keeping churches throughout the nation began to actively persecute those who kept the Seventh Day.
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