Saturday, November 24, 2012

Joseph Lynch and the Sanctified Band

Chincoteague is known for pony penning and oysters but it has always been a place where unique people go their own way.  The expression alone of  ‘he is from Chincoteague” explains a great deal to people in Maryland and Delaware about a person.   In the Civil War they stuck with the Union instead of going with the Confederacy.  In the 1890’s a religious sect materialized on Chincoteague that was usually just called the Sanctified Band.

The group was lead by Joseph B. Lynch.  Lynch was one of a number of Delawareans who had moved to Chincoteague from the Williamsville, Delaware area.  He had served for 90 days with Co. D 6th Delaware infantry during the civil war.  The Delawareans had been members of the Sound Camp Church in Delaware and became members of the Goodwill Independent Church when they moved to Chincoteague.  In 1884 the Goodwill Independent church joined the Methodist Episcopal Church.  A few dozen members disagreed with this move and in February of 1892 formed their own church called the Christ’s Holy Sanctified Church.   The newspapers and other people on the island referred to them as; The Sanctification Band, Lynchites (after their leaders Joseph Lynch), holy jumpers sanctified worshipers, etc.  They rapidly became known in the area due to their belief that salvation is a two-step process consisting of conversion (repentance and forgiveness of sins) and sanctification (the indwelling of the Holy Spirit) which cleanses the believer from all sin. Believers are then expected to live clean, holy lives.  They also  allowed women to be equal with men in preaching, refused  to talk to people who wore black, believed that if one was married and sanctified and the spouse and or children were not sanctified the sanctified person should have nothing to do with the non-sanctified ones, ignore their marriage vows and leave them. 

This resulted in court charges in 1894 against members of the church because they had conspired to committed acts of indecency, to wit: 1) caused Mary E. Burton  to leave her lawful husband Woolsey; 2) promulgated the doctrine of "Free Love" teaching married women to disregard their vows; 3) appointed male and female members as "Fellow Watchers" to sit up at night and watch alone together in a room, thus scandalizing the people of Chincoteague Island and counseling the separation of wives from their husbands; 4) formed themselves into an "organized Band" in order to accomplish these indecent works "and otherwise misbehaving themselves.  The newspapers had a field day with the story. 

Three were convicted and, while out on bail, the group decided to leave while they could. There followed three waves of migration out of Chincoteague over the next three years.  They decided to extend their religion in to the southern coast line.  Since they were waterman by trade and familiar with boats,  they built large house on barges and moved down the coast line of Virginia into North Carolina preaching their doctrine.  They were not always well received and in Chowan County NC some members were killed when they were driven out.

Today the Christ's Sanctified Holy Church is an association of churches established primarily on the principle that salvation is accomplished by two separate works of the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The first work of grace is repentance toward God, or asking for forgiveness of the sins that we have committed. The second work is the baptism of the Holy Ghost, or sanctification, which is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, eradicating the nature of sin.  They have about seventeen churches scattered from Delaware to Florida to Mississippi

This weekend happens to be a big work weekend meeting in their headquarters at Perry Georgia.  By work weekend I mean actual work; they are improving the Campgrounds by adding Sunday school rooms which will consist of framing, dry walling, pouring concrete, painting etc.  This is in addition to the usual functions of devotion, Sunday school and worship.    

Among the Delmarva people who had initially joined this group were; Joseph Lynch, Sarah Collins, Parker Bowden, Sarah Bowden, Charlotte lynch, John Collins, William Chandler,  Sarah Chandler, Aaron Bowden, John Jones, William Collins, Mary Bowden, Catherine Birch, Maria Bowden, Margaret Powell, Lucinda Bishop, Joseph Gray, Mariah Collins, and James Workman.

When the first groups left Chincoteague in the 1890’s they were not the last of the church group.  They continue in today.  However you would encounter newspaper articles about the followers whenever another group left the island. Below are two articles from the Courier a newspaper in Salisbury Maryland.

March 18 1905 the Courier, salisbury MD

Dec 2 1905 the Courier Salisbury MD

Washington Times Nov 7 1895 below

 
 
from the Courier Feb 24 1906 
 
21 july 1906 The Courier
 
Sept 1906 the Courier, salisbury MD 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hobby Lobby's Case Against ObamaCare Fails

Hobby Lobby's Case Against ObamaCare Fails

A federal judge rejected the business' request to block the mandate to provide morning-after and week-after birth control pills. The company, which operates one store in Snellville, will face a $1.3 million daily fine if they ignore the law.
Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company that describes itself as a "biblically founded business, believes that the "use of the morning-after and week-after birth control pills are tantamount to abortion because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman's womb," according to CBS.com.
There are 500 Hobby Lobby stores in the U.S., one of which is in Snellville. This is the largest corporation to file suit against the mandate.
Subsequently, the requested that a judge overturn the mandate to businesses that requires them to provide those services in their insurance coverage. Despite the fact that the company considered the requirements objectionable, a judge denied their request.
A government lawyer said that the drugs "do not cause abortions," and that the U.S. "has a compelling interest in mandating insurance coverage for them."
Churches and religious institutions and corporations have been given a reprieve from the mandates, but that is not the case for businesses.
If the Green family, founders of Hobby Lobby, ignore the law, they will face a $1.3 million daily fine starting on Jan. 1.
"It is by God's grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured," said David Green, founder and CEO in a statement. "Therefore we seek to honor God by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles."

Picked up frim the Snellville Patch