Th Century

The eighteenth century produced two major reformers, John Wesley and George Whitefield. These Anglican clergymen were instrumental in starting the "Methodist Revival." They asserted boldly that salvation of the SPIRIT was instantaneous by faith in agreement with the Calvinistic ideas of former denominations, but added that men must also return to God for a second touch called sanctification for the SOUL. This is called the Wesleyan or Arminian doctrine. They also added the concept that it was not necessary for a man to receive formal education and "ordination by man" (laying on of hands) to be qualified to preach the word. They asserted that any believer who was called of God could preach -- formally trained or not.

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