From a spiritual perspective, however, (Wilbur) Ellsworth
of Wheaton was not immune to this trend: Ellsworth
increasingly found himself fighting with congregants about the way worship was being done."They wanted to replace our organ with a drum set and do similar things that boiled down not to doctrine, but to personal preference," he
explains."I said, That's not going to happen as long as I'm here.'" It didn't.In 2000, after 13 years as the pastor of First Baptist
was forced out.
departure from First Baptist
triggered both a professional and a spiritual crisis.But, before he
could deal with the former, he
had to address the latter.He
devoted himself to reading theology and church history.At first, he
seemed headed in the direction of the Calvinist-influenced Reformed Baptist Church or the Anglican Church
, which are where evangelicals in search of a more classical Christian style of worship often end up.But, as Ellsworth
continued in his
own personal search, his
readings and discussions began taking him further and further past the Reformation and ever deeper into church history.And, gradually, much to his
found himself growing increasingly interested in a church he
once knew virtually nothing about: the Orthodox Church
."I really thought he'd go to Canterbury," says Alan Jacobs, a Wheaton College English professor and Anglican who is friendly with Ellsworth.
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...Evidently, Pastor Ellsworth became convinced that the Great Schism was the original error and that the East was with the angels in that event.