By admin | April 27, 2009
One of the luminaries of the early Particular Baptist leadership was Daniel Dyke, M.A. From an important and well-known family of puritan ministers (at least one of his uncle’s books is still in print today), Dyke became co-pastor of London’s Devonshire Square church with William Kiffin. Here is a brief bio from Calamy and Palmer.
Daniel Dyke, M. A. Of Cambridge University. He was born in 1617, at Epping in Essex, where his father, the good old Puritan, Mr. Jeremiah Dyke, was minister. He was nephew to the famous D. Dyke, B. D. who wrote the treatise Of the deceitfulness of the heart. He had episcopal ordination. When he appeared in public he was soon taken notice of for his great learning and useful preaching, and was preferred accordingly. Besides having this valuable living, he was made one of the chaplains in ordinary to Oliver Cromwell, and in 1653 was appointed one of the Triers of ministers, for which office he was well qualified by his learning, judgment, and piety. He was of the Baptist persuasion, and appears to have been the only one of that persuasion, besides Mr. Tombes, in that commission. Upon the Restoration, he shewed his integrity by refusing to conform to the episcopal government, and to the ceremonies of the church established, and voluntarily resigned his living soon after; foreseeing the approaching storm. When his intimate friend Mr. Case, (who was one of the ministers deputed to wait on the king at the Hague, and one of the commissioners at the Savoy ) endeavoured to persuade him to continue, and told him what a hopeful prospect they had from the king’s behaviour, Mr. Dyke very wisely answered, “That they did but deceive and flatter themselves: that if the king was sincere in his shew of piety, and great respect for them and their religion, yet when he came to be settled, the party that had formerly adhered to him, and the creatures that would come over with him, would have the management of public affairs, would circumvent them in all their designs, and in all probability not only turn them out, but take away their liberty too.”
After he resigned his living, he preached as often as he had opportunity, and was generally preserved by some kind appearance of Providence from the rage and malice of his persecutors. Though he lived in two or three great storms, and had several writs out against him, he was never imprisoned more than one night. He was at length chosen and ordained co-pastor with Mr. William Kiffin to the congregation of Baptists in Devonshire-square, London, where he continued a faithful laborer to his death in 1688, when he was about 70 years of age. He was buried at Bunhill-fields, and Mr. Warner preached his funeral sermon. He was a man of so much modesty, that he could never be prevailed upon to publish any thing. His name, however, stands with some others in two or three printed papers, in the composing of which it is supposed he had some concern.
WORKS. The Baptist’s Answer to Mr. Willis’s Appeal.—A Recommendation of Mr. Cox’s Confutation of the Errors of T. Collier. —Relation of a Meeting at Barbican between the Baptists and Quakers. —He was the editor of several select sermons of his father.
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