On the year 1801, this Association was constituted in Blount County, Tennessee with two hundred and forty members. Eight churches and five Elders, or Ministers: upon the same articles of faith that she has published today, with the exception of the Thirteenth Article, which reads as follows:
“Thirteenth. We believe that the church of Jesus Christ should have no organic connection with any society or institution of man not authorized in God’s word. 2 Corinthians 6:17; Isaiah 3:11; Revelation 18:4.”
At the early age of 1801 there wasn’t any need for this article, because there was not such secret orders as are today; and as it became needful this article was added and is needful today. This body of Christians did, at that time believe in not mixing up with the world, and that it was right for their ministers to preach the gospel full rind free, to every creature, both saint and sinner, and to call on sinners to repent and believe it. Just as John the Baptist, Jesus Christ and all the apostles preached it. Matthew 3:2, Mark 1:15 and also Mark 6:12. This seemed to be the leading feature of true Primitive Baptists preaching through all age. from the fact that it commenced at Jerusalem: that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name, among all nations beginning at Jerusalem, Luke 24:47. It is estimated that the apostle Paul wrote about one third of the New Testament scriptures and he only used the word predestination twice. Romans 8:29-30, Ephesians 1:5-11 and this apostle said that God commanded all men everywhere to repent because he hath appointed a day in which he would judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he had ordained. Acts 17:30-31 also Acts 20:21. Also, Acts 26:17-19 showed first unto them of Damascus and Jerusalem, and throughout all the coast of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works, meet for repentance, Acts 26:20-21 and he also told the Thessalonians that God called you by our Gospel, to the obtaining of the Glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 Thessalonians 2:14. The apostle James said of his own will begat He us with the word of truth. James 1:18.
The apostle Peter preached election and foreordination and he preached repentance on the day of Pentecost to that great congregation, and three thousand were converted under that one discourse. Acts 2:38-40. Jesus Christ himself said: “They that are whole need not a physician, but they that are sick, and that he came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Matthew 9:13, Mark 2:17. So it is evident that the old Tennessee Association of over one hundred years has preached the same gospel under the same commission. Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, and he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15-16.