William Bickerton eventually lost control of the church he started. How did his apostles oust the prophet. Are there parallels with LDS Church succession? Dr. Daniel Stone tells us.
Daniel: You basically had the Bickertonite group that is supporting Bickerton. The people that are detractors of Bickerton are excommunicating everybody from the Bickertonite group because they’re saying, well, if you support Bickerton, you’re an apostate. And then William Cadman actually held an ad hoc court within the community to prove that William Bickerton was an adulterer. He really believed the evidence. He acts as prosecutor for eight hours calling witnesses from the community and the jury is made up of all non-Bickertonites and he purposely did that to prove to the community once and for all. Because if he could get the community as a whole on his side, then he knows that the church can then continue forward and William Cadman will be the leader. He believes he will be the leader because he’s the president of the Twelve. And what ends up happening is William Cadman does not get the verdict that he wants.
I found it really interesting that the President of the Quorum of Twelve took over leadership, just like Brigham Young did in the LDS Church. Check out the conversation, and don’t forget to check out our other segments with Daniel….
201: False Prophecies Are Possible! (Stone)
200: Civil War Prophecy Leads to Black Ordination (Stone)
199: Biblical Support to Ordain Women (Stone)
198: Bickerton Becomes Prophet (Stone)
197: Sidney’s Church Falls Apart (Stone)
196: Rigdon/Spalding Manuscript Theory (Stone)