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JOHN NELSON DARBY 1800-821. Born in Dublin. Member of the Church of England till he left when convinced of its unscriptural character. Travelled extensively, and established assemblies of "believers" in Britain, U.S.A., Canada and on the Continent. A voluminous writer, chief works being "Synopsis on the books of the Bible" ( 5 volumes ), "Collected Writings" ( 32 volumes ), and a New Translation of the Bible. He was a remarkable man, Sir Robert Anderson, Chief of Scotland Yard, once remarked that Darby was the greatest man he ever met – a striking tribute from one whose office brought him into contact with some of the greatest of the Victorian and Edwardian personalities. His work was marred by violent differences with fellow leaders and his attitude to them, e.g., Benjamin Newton and George Muller. The Brethren Movement arose from his work. Its origin was in the year 1828, the year when Darby published his article "Considerations on the nature and Unity of the Church of Christ". The early work was centred at Plymouth, hence the name "Plymouth Brethren" The work split in two in 1848 chiefly around the views of Darby and Muller. Followers of the former became known as "exclusives", because of their exclusion of all others from the Lord's Table, whilst the other group became known as "Open Brethren". The "Exclusives" split up into further groups, and their power has declined, whilst the "Open", have advanced in number and influence. They have been a powerful missionary body, with over 1000 missionaries in various fields. They are honoured by such names as Dan Crawford and Fred Arnot, whilst in recent years the martyred missionaries of Ecuador and Geoffrey Bull of China have glorified the Saviour. Whilst professing to abhor sectarianism, one feels that they themselves are guilty of a most regrettable manifestation of that spirit. Whilst, in most places they will associate ( with reserve, maybe ) with fellow Christians in rallies and such like, most of them resolutely refuse to open their platforms to any but their own preachers. No matter how evangelical a man may be, he is excluded from most Brethren platforms if he belongs to another body. It is a dark shadow over their profession of fellowship with all believers, and an open repudiation of their oft-repeated assertion of being "all one in Christ Jesus". It is somewhat significant that, at the time of writing this, the author was invited to preach at a Brethren gospel service in Cardiff; quite a remarkable event. But the thing to note was that the invitation came as a result of interest stirred up in that ( and neighbouring assemblies ) in the very question discussed in this book. An esteemed brother in the fellowship had become convinced of the truth we advocate, and had borne witness profitably. Thus the invitation, with a following meeting at which the writer and a Brethren leader debated, with public discussion following the prophetic issue. It was a delightful break with tradition, and seems to suggest that much of Brethren narrowness is tied up with their prophetic outlook. It is a most encouraging thing to learn of the ever increasing number of Brethren preachers and leaders who have completely jettisoned the false theories taught by the Scofield Bible.


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