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

This can be the tale of the way one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, virtually destroyed the newly geared up Baptist common conference of Texas (BGCT) ahead of it can take root. within the ultimate many years of the 19th century, Hayden brought on such unrest between Texas Baptists that when a failed try to take over the BGCT, he used to be expelled from the nation physique. In flip, he created a rival association, the Baptist Missionary organization (BMA), which persevered to struggle perceived oppression via 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 was once insane, a liar, and a heretic. Baptists in Texas have been compelled to take facets within the fight, which got here to a dramatic end on a teach certain for the Southern Baptist conference, while Cranfill and Hayden scuffled over a pistol.

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Burleson. This resolution made the terms of the fragile relationship between the editor and the BGA clear. The Texas Baptist Herald would remain the organ of the General Association if Link would support Burleson and his anti-centralization program. This would prove to be difficult since Link strongly opposed Burleson on this position. This difference of opinion would drive a wedge between these two powerful men until final consolidation took place in 1886. It is important to note that during this period Waco University and the BGA were thriving, while Baylor University and the BSC were suffering a period of economic and numerical decline.

C. Buckner, took the lead in the healing process. indd 22 10/4/05 2:13:49 PM Problems on the Horizon 23 drop their claim to being the true First Baptist Church of Dallas. These acts of goodwill were instrumental to breaking the stalemate between the rival congregations. Once the Memorial was retracted, Buckner made a stirring speech begging for reconciliation so that the Baptist cause in Texas might escape further damage. ” asked Buckner, adding: I know your spirit and believe you will answer, Yes.

Problems on the Horizon 15 in this intense rivalry, and the combatants chose newspapers as their weapons. In this regard, Buckner’s organ clearly supported Waco University and the General Association. Link’s periodical had recently begun to support Baylor University and the State Convention. Though these newspapers were independently owned and received no official financial support from either convention, the editors of these papers were fierce warriors for their respective movements and thus each held the other and his adopted organization in an unfavorable light.

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