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B.T. Roberts, the spiritual forefather of all Free Methodists and the first bishop of the church "born of necessity" in 1860, was a man in the lineage of John Wesley the spiritual forefather of Methodism and Francis Asbury the first bishop of American Methodism.. Bishop Roberts was convinced that being a success does not come by chance in the work of the Lord.. He wrote in his book, ~ .2£ ~' "He who works for God never loses the fruit of his labors. Failure is clearly beyond the range of possibility .. " This same positive approach is given in the call of Peter and Andrew as Jesus said, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men" (Matthew 4:19).. This is a promise of success! And reading further we find Jesus saying to Simon Peter, "Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men" (Luke 5:10)., Jesus tells His disciples that His doctrines will be unpopular and provoke the deep est opposition, yet there will be such a divine fascination attending faithful preaching that men shall be drawn to Christ and caught by it."

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