I was Googling up Danny Layne to show a person his picture only to find out there was no picture for him in Google Images. Google indexes my posts about 3 minutes after I make them public so there will be a picture of Layne in Google Images shortly.
Danny Layne is the apostle (chief elder) of the Church of God Restoration movement. He was raised in the Church of God Anderson movement and several years after he was converted he left that movement and associated with the Church of God Guthrie movement. Church of God Guthrie is a minority group that dissolved fellowship with Church of God Anderson around 1910 to 1915.
After being with the Church of God Guthrie group Ron Walters (Chilliwack, BC) and Layne (Ontario, California) withdrew their congregations and became what is known as the Church of God Restoration. The Restoration has 2 congregations in Canada, 5 or 6 in the United States, 4 in Mexico, 1 or 2 in Germany, and a number of mission stations in other countries.
I have known Layne for over 25 years and met him shortly after he had been saved and was not yet preaching. He is a gifted organizer, has above average preaching ability, and is an all around very personable person.
There are a lot of rumors that have been circulated about Layne and the Restoration which for the most part are just not true. These have been mostly started by people who have been put out or left the Restoration group and have become bitter, or from groups that the Restoration has proselytized members from.
No group is perfect and the Restoration is no exception. While I don’t agree with all of their doctrines and many of the things the leadership has done, I have found when I checked out the other side of most of the rumors that they just were not true.
I make it a point to stand up from Layne and the Restoration when I hear rumors that are not true. At the same time I am clear in pointing out what I feel like are the groups errors.
Having been with the Guthrie and Restoration groups for around 23 years I am to some degree a produce of that environment.
Danny I love you and am praying for you!
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