|Periodical:||The Sword of Truth|
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Sword of Truth.
Stretton was a lay Baptist preacher and a lace-maker when he encountered J.G.H. Brown and became the leader of one of the Twelve Tribes of the Brown's Great Organization. He started this journal in 1862 when he broke with Brown and assumed the mantle of "chief Ruler of the Church of Christ," as he was named by the Angel Gabriel, in contradistinction to Brown who had been a mere prophet and head of the Great Organization. He had come to realize, he said, that Brown had pilfered some of the money the Great Organization had raised to print its "new, correct, and complete Bible" ("A Message from God") that had been dictated by the highest and holiest angel. Brown's perfidy was confirmed to Stretton by the Angel Gabriel himself in June 1862, when he revealed that much of Brown's revelation was from his own imagination: "I, Gabriel, declare unto thee, that the Revelations alluded to were partially the Medium's own imagination, and spiritual impression combined, for the purpose of bringing to light his fraud and duplicity...." Stretton was an entranced seer but was generally unsuccessful himself at seeing in the crystal and claimed to communicate directly with the guardian angels, although the angels provided him extensive details on scrying for the members of the church. The last issue of the journal announced the proximate appearance of a second volume, to be called Fount of Truth, to commence when the debts for Sword of Truth had been paid. The notice opined that the new journal would be more interesting since it would concern itself more with revelations than with the interminable details of Brown's peculations, but there is no indication that the debts were paid or that the new journal ever appeared, and Stretton's Universal Church of Christ faded into obscurity, though it was still holding meetings as late as 1870 when it was noted in "Spiritualism in Nottingham," Medium and Daybreak, July 1, 1870. University of Rochester.
|Sword Of Truth V1 Index|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N1 Aug 9 1862|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N2 Aug 23 1862|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N3 Sep 20 1862|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N4 Oct 25 1862|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N5 Nov 29 1862|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N6 Jan 10 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N7 Feb 7 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N8 Mar 21 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N9 Apr 18 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N10 May 16 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N11 May 30 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N12 Jun 13 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N13 Jul 4 1863|
|Sword Of Truth V1 N14 Aug 22 1863|
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