Haruo wrote:This question is intended for Methodists. What exactly is Heritage Sunday, which is celebrated tomorrow along with Aldersgate (which I understand) and Ascension (which is a Church Universal item). I got an email from GBOD admonishing me not to succumb to burnout over the co-occurrence of these three calendar dates. Since we're doing our "Wesley, Watts & the AGO" hymn-sing tomorrow, I want to be able to speak knowledgeably if any extraneous Wesleyans show up.
Haruo wrote:Of course I may have the Calvinistic Methodists' history all screwed up in my memory. There's a Wikipedia article on them, but it's mostly a century out of date (based on the 1911 Britannica...)
Tim Bonney wrote:Haruo wrote:Of course I may have the Calvinistic Methodists' history all screwed up in my memory. There's a Wikipedia article on them, but it's mostly a century out of date (based on the 1911 Britannica...)
No you are pretty on target. The Calvinist Methodists are a pretty small minority of the family. In my reading of Methodist history Whitefield's connection to the Methodist movement was tenious at best. He was kind of a lone ranger preacher who early on associated with Wesley but they very soon clashed over Calvinism.
The impression I get is that persons with Calvinist leanings were attracted to the Methodist movement because of the awaking that was happening because of the preaching of Wesley and his traviling preachers. But many didn't stay in the fold because Wesley was not one to brook disagreement on major doctrines. Calvinism was not allowed to be preached in the preaching houses controled by the Methodist Societies because Wesley viewed it as antithetical to the gospel and unbiblical.
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