An interesting article on A.J. Tomlinson

Charles Page | PentecostalTheology.com

Charles Page [04/17/2015 8:53 PM]
that sounds interesting.

John Kissinger [04/17/2015 9:01 PM]
I think this was it (Auburn publ. by UT) https://books.google.com/books?id=2OiO1TFgQV0C&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Charles Page [04/17/2015 9:06 PM]
This book to me was more of a timeline of events variegated in with the writers own opinions concerning the many events that shaped the Church of God today. Crews does a decent job in the historical framework of events and dates. I did feel as though the author didn’t do a good job in reconnoitering the two sides to the 1923 division that caused the formation of two churches of God operating in Cleveland, TN. We are just given the particulars surrounding those that opposed A.J. Tomlinson instead of looking at both sides to the historical facts and events; this is where I believe Crews missed the mark. It also would have been good to follow up on those that left with A.J. Tomlinson and formed what is now the Church of God of Prophecy. Overall in its historical context I did find it as a useful resource guide to the early years of the Church of God, furthermore I felt it was a little preconceived on the part of the author. I would recommend this as a good resource to the early history of the Church of God and understanding their roots. – Juan N. Bonilla Smyrna, TN

John Kissinger [04/18/2015 7:02 AM]
ha – I am yet to read a decent account of all sides in the 1923 division

Charles Page [04/18/2015 10:54 AM]
It could make for a good book – I would wonder if a good objective research would find Tomlinson in better light? Charles Conn had the objectivity as a historian to get it right but he had loyalties to the “anti-Tomlinson” faction.

objectivity with church historians is rare if non-existent.

BTW-my name is mentioned in “Like a Mighty Army”

John Kissinger [04/18/2015 11:12 AM]
in the definitive edition ?

Charles Page [04/18/2015 6:11 PM]
I believe my name was recorded in the 1977 edition. I’ve lost my copy!

John Kissinger [04/27/2015 6:15 PM]
What page? I’ve a 1955 FIRST EDITION of “Like a Mighty Army”

Charles Page [06/04/2015 11:37 AM]
John Kissinger Always wondered WHY Tomlinson never mentioned the outpouring of 1896 in his book as a denomination leader…

Could it have been a matter of ego? saw himself as a demagogue. Whereas Spurling wasn’t!

Pentecostal Theology [06/04/2015 4:49 PM]
This article was already discussed recently: http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/an-interesting-article-on-a-j-tomlinson/

Tammie Odum Thomas [06/06/2015 3:15 PM]
I was raised in the Church of God of Prophecy so I can answer any questions you have….I left that denomination a LONG time ago.

John Kissinger [06/06/2015 4:35 PM]
Any questions?

Tammie Odum Thomas [06/06/2015 8:59 PM]
As far as their theology, or what it was. As the newer generation has taken over they have changed a lot. They used to believe if you were not a member, you would not go to heaven. :/

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