Posted by: Marty | June 13, 2011

John Comer

May 23, 1734 – The day that John Comer died was considered a calamity to the Baptist churches of New England, for he had done a great deal to stabilize the Baptist believers who had suffered at the hands of the Puritans of that era. Comer was a rising meteor in the darkened Baptist skies. He was born on August 1, 1704, in Boston, Mass. While at Cambridge with a view to entering Harvard, he became a member of the Congregational church. However in 1722 he entered Yale instead, and after a lengthy mental struggle he embraced Baptist convictions and was baptized on Jan. 31, 1725, and united with the First Baptist Church of Boston. He then began to amass materials for a Baptist history. However he was never able to fulfill his desire, for John succumbed to tuberculosis in his prime, dying in his thirtieth year. Isaac Backus, the great Baptist historian of those times referred to John Comer as an “excellent preacher of the gospel.” Thankfully John Comer’s journal survived him and is rich with the history of the Baptist happenings of those early days. An entry of Nov. 23, 1730 has him rejoicing that, “Mr. Henry Loveall was ordained about a month ago by Mr. (Paul) Palmer, minister of North Carolina, and Mr. (John) Drake, minister at Piscataqua in East New Jersey…the Lord make him an able minister of the New Testament.” Tragically on Dec. 30 his entry read, “I tremble with the sad news that Mr. Henry Loveall…now lives with another man’s wife in adultery. This awful night was made known about a fortnight after his ordination. “I can’t say he can in my judgment be ever accepted as a minister, especially when I call to mind I Tim. 3:7

Condensed by Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: pp. 281-82.  [CF: C. Edwin Barrows, ed., The Diary of John Comer (Philadelphia: private printing, 1893), p, 7.]

 

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