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April 1923

Present Exercises and Middle Path

by W.H. Westcott

16 Pages
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Tom said ...
This small pamphlet encompasses a lot of what is wrong with 'Exclusivism'; Firstly the author castigates every one but those of his own company to be in the wrong, p6, speaking of those who followed Mr Kelly, Mr Lowe etc, then later against the London party that caused the Glanton division, which company he was associated with. The fifteen years since that division had clearly not opened his eyes to see it was actually him and his friends who had followed Mr Raven astray and were now left in the wilderness. Then on page 12 he takes his stand against the 'Open Brethren', as those who maintained fellowship with followers of B.W. Newton who was a false teacher on the person of Christ, yet the man is sadly blinded that he himself is in exactly the same position with an even worse teacher than Mr N, that being F.E. Raven - so stands self condemned.
On p6 he also makes a prophecy of the other (kelly, grant, bexhill) exclusive groups 'tending steadily to disintegration'! In reality it was his Glanton group that would have faced extinction but for the disastrous decision by the KLC's to accept them back into fellowship in the 1970's, without any judgement of the doctrines of FER they had accepted previously.
The very spiritual tone of the pamphlet (and I don't doubt it genuinely was felt), would lead to deceive the casual reader ...
Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 : 15:01

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