Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
June 6, 1968

Jacob Creath, Jr. — Burned In Effigy

Earl Kimbrough

In a letter to Alexander Campbell, written from Middleton, Miss., in 1852, Jacob Creath, Jr. said, "You will perceive from this communication that I am in the floral South proclaiming the same old gospel, which I proclaimed in this state for the first time it was proclaimed here, in October, 1826, under some Magnolia trees, near the State line between Mississippi and Louisiana, above St. Francisville, near the river, just twenty-six years ago this month." (Millennial Harbinger, Dec., 1852, p. 716.)

During his 1826 visit, to the Magnolia State Creath's preaching aroused such violent opposition that he was compelled to publish a pamphlet containing letters of recommendation to vindicate his character. At one place he was burned in effigy, and some of his friends feared his traveling alone. One saying, after Creath told him he was not afraid to travel alone through the wild and hostile country, "Well! you ought to be; for, be assured, your life is in danger, and but for the protection afforded by the civil law, you would ere this have been hung." According to Creath, the parties most outraged by the gospel he preached were the Presbyterians, Methodists and Episcopalians. And he observed that, "The spirit of sectarianism is the same under all circumstances. It calls for 'blood."' (Memior of Jacob Creath, Jr. p. 76.)

Can you imagine, dear reader, Jacob Creath, Jr. preaching that "same old gospel" on "Herald of Truth," where Presbyterians, Methodists, Episcopalians, and such like, find the preaching so suitable to their "ecumenical" appetites that they request the film for use in their own teaching program? Some of us have come a long way, brethren!