History of the Old Baptist Chapel
A Day of Small Things
The death of John Plurett in March 1712 must have been a reminder that the generation which had born the brunt of persecution was passing away.
It is true that Queen Anne was on the throne and until she died in 1714 Dissenters were never really secure. She was succeeded by a distant relative George Elector of Hanover. This new king, George I, needed Whig support to sustain his position and the Whigs were not likely to persecute the Dissenters although they did not go out of their way to help them.
The reigns of the first two Georges continued until 1760 and proved to be a time of moral deterioration. Corrupt politics, heavy drinking, flagrant immorality and brutal sports were the order of the day.
The godly prayed for revival and from the late 1730s the forces of darkness began to be challenged as God raised up a group of outstanding preachers such as George Whitefield, John and Charles Wesley and for a time in Wiltshire, John Cennick.
Until that Revival came Dissenters, limited as they were to their meeting houses, were not particularly effective. Sections of Dissent were weakened by such various errors as Arianism, Arminianism and Hyper-Calvinism. The picture must not be exaggerated. There were many examples of faithful communities of believers seeking to serve God and to act as lights in the world. All the indications are that the church at Bradford was one such.