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

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

This is often the tale of ways one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, nearly destroyed the newly equipped Baptist basic conference of Texas (BGCT) ahead of it could actually take root. within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century, Hayden triggered 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 endured to struggle perceived oppression by way of the BGCT. Hayden, via his newspaper, accused his enemies of embezzlement, heresy, arson, and strong-arm strategies. His high-profile rivals integrated George Washington Truett, Benajah Harvey Carroll, and James Britton Cranfill, who asserted via their newspapers that Hayden was once insane, a liar, and a heretic. Baptists in Texas have been compelled to take aspects within the fight, which got here to a dramatic end on a educate certain for the Southern Baptist conference, whilst Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.

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Indd 18 10/4/05 2:13:48 PM Problems on the Horizon 19 During the ordeal it became apparent that Carroll was openly siding with the Buckner faction. J. B. 53 That should come as no surprise since the two men had been carrying out something of a theological feud in the pages of the Texas Baptist Herald for some time, and as of August 1877 Carroll had been listed as the associate editor of Buckner’s newspaper. Link had accused the mighty Carroll of maintaining a works-based faith and as such not being a true Baptist.

This deep economic depression affected everyone, including the state’s Baptists. indd 26 10/4/05 2:13:50 PM An Unhappy Marriage 27 financial support. Clearly, there was a need for some retrenchment and reorganization. 2 However, the rivalries were still too strong to allow such an event to occur. The most significant obstacle to unification remained the Baptist university debate. 4 New problems began to emerge in 1882. Baylor University at Independence had always been affiliated with the BSC, its parent convention.

The great Baptist figures of this period, such as B. H. Carroll, R. C. Buckner, R. C. Burleson, J. M. Carroll, and S. A. Hayden, were all BGA constituents. With the deaths of R. E. B. Baylor and W. C. 15 With the inevitable at hand, during the 1885 regular session of the BSC at Lampasas, a joint BSC and BGA committee met to discuss the feasibility of the merger. A. W. ”16 A resolution adopting this statement quickly followed. 17 The Temple meeting was very significant in the unification process. Hanks was the logical choice for moderator, due to the unique dual associational alignment of his church, and he took the lead.

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