Daniel Turner, 1793, and Freedom from Ecclesiastical Despotism and Effecting the Protestant Reformation by means of the Reformation Era English Bible in the Tyndale/King James Version tradition.

“The most effectual means of producing a uniformity in religion, upon any other plan than that of rational conviction, would be to deprive the common people of the use of the Bible, in their mother tongue; and oblige them to receive their religion from the dictates of their spiritual guides only. It was by this means that the church of Rome kept her sovereignty over the consciousness of men for ages, with a surprising degree of uniformity. The giving of the Bible to the common people, in a language thy understood, gave the deepest wound to her ecclesiastical despotism, and contributed more than any thing (as a mean) to the effecting the Protestant Reformation in which we glory.”

Daniel Turner, Free Thoughts on the Spirit of Free Inquiry in Religion; with Cautions against the Abuse of it, and Persuasions to Candour, Toleration, and Peace, Amongst Christians of All Denominations (Printed and sold by G. Norton, for the Author; Sold also by J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul’s Church-yard; T Knott, No. 47, Lombard-street; J. Marsom, No. 187, High Holbron; T. Thomas, No. 29, Houndsditch, London: and by W. Watts, at Abingdon, 1793), 115.

Daniel Turner (1710-1798): Baptist pastor and hymn writer

Published by Dr. Peter Van Kleeck, Sr.

Dr. Peter William Van Kleeck, Sr. : B.A., Grand Rapids Baptist College, 1986; M.A.R., Westminster Theological Seminary, 1990; Th.M., Calvin Theological Seminary, 1998; D. Min, Bob Jones University, 2013. Dr. Van Kleeck was formerly the Director of the Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, Grand Rapids, MI, (1990-1994) lecturing, researching and writing in the defense of the Masoretic Hebrew text, Greek Received Text and King James Bible. His published works include, "Fundamentalism’s Folly?: A Bible Version Debate Case Study" (Grand Rapids: Institute for Biblical Textual Studies, 1998); “We have seen the future and we are not in it,” Trinity Review, (Mar. 99); “Andrew Willet (1562-1621: Reformed Interpretation of Scripture,” The Banner of Truth, (Mar. 99); "A Primer for the Public Preaching of the Song of Songs" (Outskirts Press, 2015). Dr. Van Kleeck is the pastor of the Providence Baptist Church in Manassas, VA where he has ministered for the past twenty-one years. He is married to his wife of 43 years, Annette, and has three married sons, one daughter and eighteen grandchildren.

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