By late 1830, it seems the divisions between the Baptists and the Campbellites were beginning to settle down into two different groups, as many of the Baptist associations were taking firm stands against the new doctrines and those who propagated them. In Sept 1830, the Russells Creek Association responded to an inquiry from some churches concerning Campbellism. In their church minutes is recorded,

“This Association, as well as all others with which we correspond, knowing that heretical and contradictory tenets are maintained by many who profess to believe the Scriptures to be the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice, have deemed it necessary to adopt certain principles of union, expressing their views of the fundamental doctrines of the Scriptures, Therefore, should any member of the Association discard said principles of union, and maintain the propriety and expediency of unity upon a bare profession of a belief of the Scriptures, that such an indication is at war, not only with the Association, but with the whole connection; and the Word of God declares that a house divided against itself cannot stand. We have more to fear from internal than external enemies.”1

The Association resolved to advise churches to discipline any who wanted to remove the confessions. To this they added this resolution,

Resolved, That no church, nor any members thereof, invite, or permit any teacher or preacher to preach in their private houses, or meeting houses, who is known to be hostile to the principles of union; who maintains the abrogation of the moral law, or denies the agency of the Holy Spirit in the conversion of sinners, and in the sanctification and perseverance of believers. ‘We beseech you brethren. [sic] to mark those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.’ ‘Though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached, let him be accursed.’ Gal. i:8. ‘Turn away from such as have a form of godliness, but deny the power.’ 2 Tim. 3:5. ‘If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, (i.e., the doctrine of Christ) receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed, for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” 2 John, 10, 11.”2

Decisive action by the associations such as this resulted in the separation of the Campbellites from the Baptists.

1J. H. Spencer, The History of the Kentucky Baptists from 1769 to 1885, vol. 1 (Cincinnati: J. R. Baumes, 1885), 640-641.

2Ibid., 641.

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