Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey's A Texas Baptist Power Struggle: The Hayden Controversy PDF

By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey

ISBN-10: 1574411950

ISBN-13: 9781574411959

This can be the tale of the way one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, virtually destroyed the newly prepared Baptist normal conference of Texas (BGCT) ahead of it might take root. within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century, Hayden prompted such unrest between Texas Baptists that when a failed try and take over the BGCT, he used to be expelled from the country physique. In flip, he created a rival association, the Baptist Missionary organization (BMA), which persisted to struggle perceived oppression through the BGCT. Hayden, via his newspaper, accused his enemies of embezzlement, heresy, arson, and strong-arm strategies. His high-profile competitors incorporated George Washington Truett, Benajah Harvey Carroll, and James Britton Cranfill, who asserted via their newspapers that Hayden used to be insane, a liar, and a heretic. Baptists in Texas have been pressured to take facets within the fight, which got here to a dramatic end on a teach sure for the Southern Baptist conference, whilst Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.

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M. Kimbrough (1826–1902), who had brought the morning sermon and was not a member of either church, was given the floor to address the assembly. Almost as a precursor to future Baptist battles, Kimbrough stated: Great Baptist principles were involved that could not be discussed in five minutes. He said that he was not partial to either side. 54 The importance of Kimbrough’s statement did not escape Link. ”55 This statement was made in defense of a very important Baptist principle: the autonomy of the local church.

Indd 25 10/4/05 2:13:50 PM CHAPTER 2 AN UNHAPPY MARRIAGE RECONSTRUCTION HAD BEEN DIFFICULT in Texas. Even though the state had been largely spared the scarred images of battlefields, the economy was in ruins. The financial problems that devastated the entire country had their roots in the overexpansion of the railroads. After the Civil War, the railroad added some 33,000 miles of track and employed tens of thousands of workers. A problem, however, occurred in 1873. Because it was unable to market the bonds for the Northern Pacific Railroad, the Banking House of Jay Cooke and Company had failed in early 1873.

This action appears to indicate that he was more interested in being editor of his new periodical than pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas. 67 Hayden, however, remained one of the more influential members of the First Baptist Church of Dallas and continued to perform miscellaneous ministerial roles for the congregation. In particular, he still officiated at many church weddings and funerals. Even though he was not the official pastor, Hayden’s actions demonstrated his desire for everyone in the church to know he was the true shepherd of the church.

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