Free Methodist Church of North America

Free Methodist Church of North America

      Holiness church in the Wesleyan-Arminian tradition that emphasizes the doctrine of sanctification, a postconversion process of spiritual and moral growth through prayer, Bible study, interaction with fellow believers, and simplicity of worship and lifestyle. The church was organized in 1860 by the Reverend B.T. Roberts and several associates after they were expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church, which they had criticized for not maintaining the original standards of Methodism. In addition to sanctification, the Free Methodist Church stresses evangelical beliefs, such as the virgin birth of Jesus. In 1960 the Holiness Movement Church of Canada merged with the Free Methodist Church of North America. The church's name derives from its rejection of the practice in some churches of renting pews to provide income.

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