We shall not speak of the doctrinal features, but rather of those who labored so faithfully for what they believed, and the hardships they endured to establish the General Baptist doctrine in West Kentucky. A short sketch of some of the leading people who organized Union Association and those who have carried forward the great principles for which it stands: that of a general atonement; together with a picture of all those obtainable; also a history or each church at present a member of Union Association, and a picture of same.
These Founding Fathers met with much opposition, but for the most part they went on, proclaiming the glorious and inspiring truth that salvation was within the reach of everyone. This was indeed good news to men who had been hungry for salvation but who had not heard of religious liberty as set forth by these brethren. Upon the preaching of Benoni Stinson and these founding fathers the Calvinistic lore of predestination gave way to Arminianism, or the belief that Christ died to make salvation possible for every man. These men came from the ranks of the people, among whom they lived and to whom they preached. Mostly, in the early days, they were farmers and worked the land six days a week, except when holding week-day meetings and funerals. Many of them were obliged to support themselves and their families by working. We are glad to say this has been remedied to a great extent, as much of the churches now support their pastors enough to allow them to give all their time to the ministry.
Many of the churches in the early days paid their preachers in produce. It became a practice to raise a subscription for the pastor. In later years, he was promised so much for a year's work. May we ever be grateful for what these pioneering forefathers have done. They rest from their labors, and their works do follow them. This is our sublime heritage, and we should ever strive to emulate them in prayer, faith, work, sacrifice, and love.
* - Source - History of Union Association of General Baptist 1840 - 1953
M.D. Mc Donald