A Dictionary of All Religions and Religious Denominations/Inghamites

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INGHAMITES, the followers of Mr. Ingham, a respectable gentleman of the north of England, who was educated at Queen's College, at the same time with Mr Hervey; and in 1732 joined the society of the first Methodists at Oxford. He accompanied the Mess. Wesleys on their first voyage to Georgia, but returning the next year, attached himself to the United Brethren. Some time after this, itinerating in the north of England he formed several churches on the Independent plan. But in 176, Mr. Ingham and some of his co-adjutors met with the writings of Messrs. Glass and Sandeman, and adopting some of their notions, both as a doctrine and discipline, began to split into parties and many went over to their communion. Some thousands, however, adhered to Mr. Ingham, of which there are yet considerable remains. They admitted members by lot ,after a public declaration of their experiences, which introduced much confusion and contention. Mr. Ingham pleaded very strongly for the doctrine of imputed righteousness; but objected to the systematic language generally adopted in speaking of distinct persons in the the trinity. He practised infant baptism, and approved many things in the writings of Mr. Sandeman. This denomination receive members by the laying on of hands; practise the love feasts, and the kiss of charity. But they did not think with Sandeman that a plurality of elders was necessary to church ordinances.[1]

Original footnotes[edit]

  1. Sketch of the Scotch Independents and the Inghamite churches