NEOGA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1859 AFTER THE MOVE FROM LONGPOINT

These pictures are from the booklet published to recognize the 150th anniversary of the Neoga Church. The chuch pictured above was in the location of the current Presbyterian Church and was replaced in 1901 but the current Church I and my parents attended. The lower picture is an interior view of the old church and shows the ornate chairs that are still on the altar of the current church. As mentioned in the succeeding Neoga article. this church was very significant in the development on Neoga
The United Presbyterian Church of Neoga was called "united" because it represented the combining of Old School and New School Presbyterians as the church moved from Long Point to Neoga. The following infromation concerning the Old School and New School beliefs has been prepared by Peggy (Short) Stuntz:
"Old School - New School
The conflicts of the Old School and New School parties of the Presbyterian Church in the 1830?s led to a split of the church in 1837. The reasons for the division were:
1. Old School wanted strict subscription to the church?s standards enforced with discipline. New School men were moderates willing to tolerate errors. They did not want doctrinal issues to hinder evangelistic works.
2. Old School wanted the church to be governed by scriptural church courts. They were appalled by the Plan of Union where Congregationalists could join the church but were not subject to the courts of the church. New School was committed to this kind of union.
3. Old School was concerned that home and foreign missions were controlled by agencies such as American Home Missionary Society. New School believed in the Evangelical United Front.
4. Old School was concerned that souls were being imperiled by false teaching. New School was concerned that issues of doctrinal precision would hinder the spread of the gospel.
5. Old School was concerned about doctrinal errors. On the New School side, Albert Barnes was a vocal representative of the "governmental theory" of atonement, denying Christ on the cross as the basis of redemption. This was unacceptable to the Old School.
6. Slavery was not one of the main issues, but New School in general took a more radical and abolitionist approach than Old School.
By 1869, the New School had become more conservative. They had ended their cooperation with the American Home Missionary Society. Relations with the Congregationalists had also considerably cooled. The issue of slavery had been settled by the war. The two branches then reunited."

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