Good morning! We’re still here, so today we will start with Benjamin Wills Newton (1807-1899), an English evangelist. When John Nelson Darby left the Anglican Church, he didn’t start his own group, he actually joined Newton’s congregation at Plymouth Church, later to be known as the Plymouth Brethren. 

We have a short quote from his THOUGHTS ON THE APOCALYPSE published in 1853:

It seems wonderful, that any, who reverence the Scripture and know what true Christianity really is, should be able to persuade themselves, that the history of the world has been one of progress in righteousness and in the knowledge of God.” 

I love this quote because I really agree with it. Indeed, how could someone who is a Bible-believing Christian look back at history and get any idea from it that the world is “progressing in righteousness?” It is plainly not, as the next writer clearly demonstrates.

The next writer is Charles John Vaughn (1816-1897), an English scholar and Anglican churchman. This gentleman was the headmaster of an English boys school in the mid-1800’s. He resigned precipitously and no one knew why until the 1970’s. At that point a diary turned up from one of the students of that time, stating that Vaughn was having a relationship with one of his young (non-school) friends…while at the same time Vaughn was having boys flogged for homosexual behavior. The student reported the relationship to his father, and his father basically blackmailed Vaughn into resigning. Vaughn was unable to take any further position of leadership in the Church until the man blackmailing him died; the boys maintained their silence. It can be hoped that Vaughn changed his behaviors, but, the young man in question was the person who took care of Vaughn’s papers after his eventual death.

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Greetings! Today we will start with John Nelson Darby (1800-1882).

John Darby, whose middle name was a namesake of Admiral Nelson because of an uncle who served under Nelson, was born in London to an Anglo-Irish family. He attended school in London until his parents moved to an ancestral castle in Ireland. He graduated from Trinity College in Dublin as a Classical Gold Medalist. He went on to complete studies in the law and was admitted to the Irish Chancery Bar in 1822.

He lasted less than 4 years in the law due to his increasing desire to help the poor Irish Catholics. He became an Anglican priest and took an assignment in the mountainous area south of Dublin. He was reputed to be an excellent pastor, but after about 2 years he realized that the Anglican Church was “in ruins”, too “established” and “lifeless” beyond help. I’ve also read that he was converting many to the Church of England, but had to stop when it became a requirement of membership in the Irish church to swear allegiance to George IV as rightful king of Ireland. 

Darby wrote:

“It is positively stated that the church would fail and become as bad as heathenism. The Christian is directed to turn away from evil and turn to the Scriptures, and Christ is revealed as judging the state of the churches.”

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