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torsdag 31 december 2009

Det Nordamerikanska inflytandet

Utan tvivel var det Nordamerikanska inflytandet starkt på den den tidiga svenska baptismen. Baptisternas Världsallians Heritage and Identity Commission skriver om den tidiga baptismen:

"American influence was strong in Sweden. Frederick 0. Nilsson was a Swedish sailor who became a Christian in New York and returned to his native land as a missionary of the Seamen’s Friend Society. In Goteborg, he met a sailor who won him to the Baptist position. Oncken baptized Nilsson in Hamburg, and he formed the first Baptist congregation in Sweden in 1848. Nilsson baptized Anders Wiberg, who later became the great Swedish Baptist leader. After Wiberg went to the United States and worked for the ABPS, he returned in 1855 with ABPS support, pastored the Baptist church in Stockholm, and wrote the first Swedish Baptist confession of faith."

Nordamerikanskt och reformert var också inflytandet genom den i Amerika utbildade K.O. Broady, den första rektorn vid Betelseminariet. Gunnar Westin skriver i Den kristna friförsamlingen genom tiderna- Martyrer och frihetskämpar sid. 364 att:

"I Betelseminariet var överste Broady den tongivande ledaren, och hans reformerta, antiklerikala åskådning satte sin prägel på predikantkåren."

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