Community publications suggest that the majority of members lived happy, peaceful lives in harmony with Perfectionist doctrines unless beset by seceders or Satan himself.
Although most seceders abandoned the Community without incident, several former members leveled against the Community charges of discrimination, in transparent attempts to ruin its reputation.
Old Light Seceders
scoffed at such pulpit antics for promoting works righteousness and denying the doctrines of grace (142).
43) Of the minority of Presbyterian clergymen who made the transition from constitutional agitation to armed rebellion, the orthodox and latitudinarian parties were present in roughly even numbers, with the Seceders once more isolated in their vocal loyalism.
In 1752, the grand jury of Donegal reported that there were already several thousand Seceders in the north whose clergy denounced as sinful the oaths of allegiance and abjuration, the Anglo-Scottish union and the sacramental test, as well as the supertitious worship of the Church of England.
On March 21, Leon's followers and most of the 1832 seceders legally united as the New Philadelphia Society.
Leon would] send for a company of soldiers from Pittsburgh and get also Hill's company and some other country people, and those should encamp in a field, near Economy and he would go out and disclose to them his plan, that they should keep peace untill the seceders could take possession of all the papers and I [Proli] will be the first man, to take a sword and you must follow me, but you must stand firm like men.
In Scotland, the Seceders of the eighteenth century (the first Secession took place in 1733) considered themselves the true heirs to the Covenanting tradition; accordingly, they held the preaching of the Word in extravagantly high regard.
That Carlyle's family was typical of Seceders in this respect is evident.
The list also includes the "irregular" clergy, lay seceders
, and even Tractarian seceders
from the Church of England in this period, confirming that it was a period of disruption in the Church.
By then, the Free Church had negotiated unions with the Seceders
(1852), the Reformed Presbyterians (1876), and the United Presbyterians (1900), and had survived a schism by the Free Presbyterian Church (1893) and the loss of a smaller group of dissidents, often referred to as the Wee Frees, who balked at the 1900 merger.
When they renounced the authority of the established church, the seceders
often accused it of tolerating or even encouraging infidelity toward the Westminster Confession of Faith.