By Frank S. Mead, Samuel S. Hill
Facts on over 250 non secular our bodies within the usa is collected the following into concise, handy shape. This quantity is the results of broad learn into old files, statistical experiences, books, periodicals, encyclopedias, and the professional statements of innumerable church forums, commissions, and corporations. This 5th version includes info on mergers between denominations in addition to vital revisions referring to alterations in either The United Methodist and Roman Catholic church buildings.
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United Brethren believe in the Trinity and in the deity, humanity, and atonement of Christ. Observance of “scriptural living” is required of all members, who are forbidden use of alcoholic beverages and membership in secret societies. Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are observed as ordinances. Local, annual, and general conferences are held. The highest governing body, the General Conference, meets quadrennially. It is composed of about seventy delegates from around the world, including ministers, district superintendents (presiding elders), general church officials, bishops, and lay delegates.
Their protest was against what they considered the Convention’s modernist tendencies and teachings, the denial of the historic Baptist principle of independence and autonomy of the local congregation, the inequality of representation in the assemblies of the convention, and the control of missionary work by convention assessment and budget. Any Baptist church coming into the General Association is required to withdraw all fellowship and cooperation from any convention or group that permits modernists or modernism within its ranks.
S. that emerged out of German Pietism, Christianity in all its varieties has been influenced by this spiritual movement. Many Pietist bodies use the name “Brethren” in various forms. For them, the church is primarily a company of brothers and sisters in Christ joined together by the Holy Spirit for mutual edification. The inner spiritual life, piety, is cultivated in prayer and study of Scripture and through association with fellow believers. For most Brethren, the local church is central, but they are often bound in close-knit national communities.