John Smith’s conviction is vividly seen in his change from Calvinism to the free gospel of Christ. When he broke with the Baptists he was told, “Your friends will abandon you; you will get nothing for your preaching; your debts will press you to the earth, and eventually your home must be given up.” How did this man of courage and faith respond? Did he line up on the easy side? His reply was, “Conscience is an article that I have not brought into the market; but if I should offer it for sale, Montgomery County with all its lands and houses would not be enough to buy it, much less that farm of 100 acres.
Restoration Principles and Personalities, Dabney Phillips, page 116