We need to learn from history
    August 27 2012 by Charles E. Buchanan Jr., Bakersville, N.C.

    If we don’t learn from history, we will live to repeat it. In 1807 the French Broad Baptist Association was formed with three churches from Broad River, and three from Holston. One of the churches, Cane River, had as its pastor Stephen Morgan, the son of Perimiter Morgan who had come out of Shubal Stearns’ Sandy Creek Association, and had settled in the Rutherford area. This association prospered, and by 1827 had 23 churches and 997 members. Morgan, however, had developed into a staunch Calvinist, and being a leader of the association, went so far as to have Garrett DeWeese removed from his church. Due to the Calvinistic doctrine, several churches left and formed the Big Ivy Association. As the French Broad did not believe in missionaries, declaring that you were either saved or not, and no one could change God’s will, it declined and the Big Ivy, following in Stearns’ philosophy prospered. By 1831 the French Broad had seven churches and 233 members. Roan Mountain, a church founded by my fourth great-grandfather went from a membership of 84 in 1827 to 21 in 1830, and did not report in 1831. The Buchanan’s left and went to the White Oak church. In the 40’s, Morgan relented and served on a committee to amalgamate the two associations. They used a non-Calvinistic doctrine, but retained the French Broad name. In 1850 the association was split more on geographic lines, with Roan Mountain taking in most of present Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties. These associations then prospered.
    As Einstein once said, “Only a fool repeats a failed experiment exactly, and then expects to get a different result.”
    (Data taken from A Baptist Looks Back by J. Oliver Young.)
    Charles E. Buchanan Jr.
    Bakersville, N.C.
    8/27/2012 2:25:36 PM by Charles E. Buchanan Jr., Bakersville, N.C. | with 0 comments

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