Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Going off track (1)

The most significant change that affected the future direction of the Primitive Methodist movement came from Adelaide in South Australia, 1889 onwards. The ministry and theology of Hugh Gilmore, and his immediate successor, John Day Thompson, had a profound and lasting effect on Primitive Methodism for much of the twentieth century. Thompson himself went on to hold the highest offices in the movement, becoming Secretary of the Annual Conference in 1903, and President of Conference in 1915, positions of considerable influence.

The adoption of Protestant liberal theology by John Day Thompson led to a crisis – a charge of heresy - in the Primitive Methodist movement. It was a defining moment.

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