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Master of Divinity (MDiv)




Excerpt: "The Free Methodist Church was organized in a meeting at Pekin, Niagara County, New York, on August 23, 1860. It came into existence as a result of spiritual declension in the parent body, the Methodist Episcopal Church. The call issued for the meeting by B. T. Roberts in his magazine, The Earnest Christian, identified several positions as a basis for the convention, including (a) the doctrines and usages of primitive Methodism- the witness of the Spirit, entire sanctification as a state of grace distinctive from justification attainable instantaneously by faith, free seats, congregational singing, and plainness of dress; (b) an equal representation of ministers and members in all the councils of the church; (c) no slave holding, and no connection with secret and oath-bound societies. B. T. Roberts was elected the first general superintendent."

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