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"The Truth"

The origin of the church that always was

Willie Jamieson (center,) an icon of the podium in the 1970's, and William Irvine (right,) church founder. Jamieson implicitly denied the existence of Irvine.

A small church lost its history because its people stopped talking about its founder; and without a history, the people believed that there had been no founder — that our church had always existed.


William Irvine originated The Truth in Northern Ireland around 1897. He claimed he'd revived the original "Way."

After a few years, Irvine fell out of favor. He had developed a grander delusion, and probably had had a sexual relationship with a woman. Whichever was worse and whatever the cause, William Irvine became persona non grata.


Without discussion of its founder, the church developed a fundamental mythology about its divine beginning. By the late 20th century, "The Truth" had become the one true way, a nameless Biblical church without origin. It was, in the teaching, the church that Jesus established as told in the Bible.