By Joseph E. Early Jr., John W. Storey
This is often the tale of ways one guy, Samuel Augustus Hayden, nearly destroyed the newly geared up Baptist normal conference of Texas (BGCT) earlier than it will probably take root. within the ultimate a long time of the 19th century, Hayden prompted such unrest between Texas Baptists that once a failed try and 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 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 pressured 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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Since the BSC had failed to embrace this initial offer, the BGA also took the second step in the consolidation process at its regular session in Ennis in 1885. Several resolutions were tendered, but the most signiﬁcant and strongest call for centralization of the universities and consolidation of the conventions was made by Hayden, who stated: Whereas, the Baptists of Texas, led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God, are seeking some practical basis of fraternal union, and, Whereas, we believe the prayer of Christ, that His people, “might all be one” is destined to a complete fulﬁllment, and, Whereas, institutions of learning are powerful agencies for good or evil, as they are directed by Christian or anti-Christian inﬂuences, and, Whereas, we can only hope to educate our youth by providing facilities for attaining knowledge equal to the secular institutions of the country, and Whereas, the securement of the perfect accord our people in Texas centers largely upon our denominational interests, therefore resolved, 1.
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