Ok. Let me say that I am not a Baptist Successionist. By Baptist Successionism, I mean the line of thinking that believes modern Baptists can be traced through various baptistic [keyword] groups in history like the anabaptists and the waldensians all the way to the time of Christ. I personally believe the theory is indefencible both biblically and historically. I also believe that re-writing history to back our theories is unconscionable. That said, I was recently given some quotes that seem to indicate that Spurgeon was a successionist. I've looked them up in context and this seems to be his intent. I've also found statements he made that seem to contradict successionism. NOTE: I am not looking for arguments for or against successionism, but simply for Spurgeon's position. Can anyone shed light on this? Charles H. Spurgeon: "I am not ashamed of the denomination to which I belong, sprung as we are, direct from the loins of Christ, having never passed through the turbid stream of Romanism, and having an origin apart from all dissent or Protestantism, because we have existed before all other sects . . ." (C. H. S., New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. 16, 1860, Pasadena, TX., Pilgrim Publ., p. 66). "We believe that the Baptists are the original Christians. We did not commence our existence at the reformation, we were reformers before Luther or Calvin were born; we never came from the church of Rome, for we were never in it, but we have an unbroken line up to the apostles themselves. We have always existed from the very days of Christ . . ." (C. H. S., Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 7, 1861, Pasadena, TX, Pilgrim Publ., p. 225). ". . . we are the old apostolic Church that have never bowed to the yoke of princes yet; we, known among men, in all ages, by various names, such as Donatists, Novatians [sic], Paulicians, Petrobrussians, Cathari, Arnoldists, Hussites, Waldenses, Lollards, and Anabaptists, have always contended for the purity of the Church, and her distinctness and separation from human government. Our fathers . . . present to us, their children, an unbroken line which comes legitimately from the apostles, not through the filth of Rome, not by the manipulations of prelates, but by the Divine life . . ." (C.H.S., ibid., Vol. 7, p. 613). "Long before your Protestants were known of, these horrible Anabaptists, as they were unjustly called, were protesting for the one Lord, one faith, and one baptism." (C.H.S., ibid., Vol. 27, p. 249).