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Benjamin Keach (1640-1704)

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Benjamin Keach was a Particular Baptist preacher in London whose name was given to Keach's Catechism.

Originally from Buckinghamshire, Keach worked as a tailor during his early years. He was baptized at the age of 15 and began preaching at 18. He was the minister of the congregation at Winslow before moving in 1668 to the church at Horse-lie-down, Southwark where he remained for 36 years as pastor (1668-1704). This congregation later became the New Park Street Church and then moved to the Metropolitan Tabernacle under the pastorship of Charles Spurgeon. It was as representative of this church that Keach went to the 1689 General Assembly and subscribed the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Keach was one of the seven men who sent out the invitation to the 1689 General Assembly. The signing of the confession was no mute doctrinal assent on the part of the church, for in the same year they entered into a Solemn Covenant which reflected, at the practical and congregational level, some of the doctrines of the confession. There was a secession from Horse-lie-down in 1673 and the Old Kent Road congregation was formed. Spurgeon later republished the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith for use in the congregation.

Keach wrote 43 works, of which his "Parables and Metaphors of Scripture" may be the best known. He wrote a work entitled "The Child's Instructor" which immediately brought him under persecution and he was fined and pilloried in 1664. He is attributed with the writing of a catechism commonly known as "Keach's Catechism", although it is most likely that the original was compiled by William Collins.

“On the pillory at Aylesbury Mr. Keach defended himself and the truth with great boldness. The jailer frequently interrupted him, and finally the sheriff himself threatened to have him gagged. The people, contrary to custom, had no words of mockery for the good, persecuted minister, and no offensive missile was hurled at him. An Episcopal minister who ventured to assail Mr. Keach in the pillory was immediately reproached by the people with the ungodliness of his own life, and his voice was drowned in laughter. At Winslow, where he lived, he suffered the same shameful penalty, and a copy of his little book was burned.” [More via Wikipedia] [The Macomber biography can be found here.] [C.H. Spurgeon's sketch, from his own autobiography, is here.] [James Hamilton on Keach, here, including dialogue while on trial and in the pillory.]

The Works of Benjamin Keach
updated 1-18-13

The Display of Glorious Grace. (304 pages) [web via Mt. Zion PBC]
Fourteen sermons on the covenant of grace, Psalm 89:34. Also known as The Covenant of Grace Opened.

An Exposition of the Parables. (932 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

The Glorious Lover. {can you help me find this?}

A Gold Mine Opened. (525 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Also titled, "The Glory of God's Rich Grace Displayed in the Mediator to Believers: and His Direful Wrath Against Impenitent Sinners." A collection of sermons on various topics:
1. A Trumpet Blown in Zion, or, An Alarm in God's Holy Mountain. Two sermons on Matthew 3:12.
2. The Blessedness of Christ's Sheep, or No Final Falling from a State of Grace. Sixteen sermons on John 10:27-28.
3. The Trial of the False Professor, or, The Danger of Final Apostacy. Three sermons on Hebrews 6:4-6.
4. The Great Salvation, or, The Salvation of the Gospel Great and Glorious. Fifteen sermons on Hebrews 2:3.

Gold Refined, or, Baptism in its Primitive Purity. (202 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

Keach's Catechism, or, The Baptist Catechism. (38 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]

The Marrow of True Justification. (45 pages) [pdf via Digital Puritan] -new-
Thank you Mark N. for providing this!

The Progress of Sin, or, The Travels of Ungodliness. (205 pages) [pdf web via Google Books]

The Scriptures Superior to All Spiritual Manifestations. (7 pages) [pdf web via Google Books]
A sermon from Luke 16:31. Part of the volume History and Repository of Pulpit Eloquence.

Spiritual Songs. (127 pages) [pdf via Digital Puritan] -new-
Thank you Mark N. for providing this!

The Travels of True Godliness. (156 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive] -popular-
An allegory similar to Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress.

Troplogia; a Key to Open Scripture Metaphors. (1080 pages) [pdf epub mobi txt web via Internet Archive]
Co-authored with Thomas Delaune. The modern reprint is titled Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible.

War With the Devil, or, The Young Man's Conflict with the Powers of Darkness. (133 pages) [pdf web via Google Books]
In epic verse.

Zion in Distress. (135 pages) [pdf via Digital Puritan] -new-
In epic verse.


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