The Earnest Christian

Prior to the founding of the Free Methodist Church, B.T. Roberts began a periodical called The Earnest Christian. He and others wrote about the principles and values that led to the formation of the church. For the next 50 years, The Earnest Christian continued to challenge members on how they lived their faith. As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the denomination, let’s look at that early phrase — “Earnest Christian” — and what it means as we move into a new era of the movement called Free Methodism.

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2 Responses to The Earnest Christian

  1. Paul Church November 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm #

    The people sure don’t dress and look like the people of the Free Methodist did when I was a young person. You must have steered away from bible codes of dress. I still believe the bible. Just saying.

  2. Jon G May 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

    Dear Friend,

    It is unfortunate but saying what you have is never – ‘just saying’

    It could be interpreted as legalistic reminding us of life that Free Methodists have grown through and now with reverence are coming through the other side. This quote from the video now defines not simply dress and conduct, it defines only because this has the mark of the inner transforming work of the Holy Spirit: “if it is good news people should know it and they should see it and they should know there is something marked in your life differently and be intrigued by that.”
    This quote from the video is contemporary yet from our heritage too for John Wesley himself condoned a life style that is distinguished by a faith that works through love (Galatians 5:6), “if any biblical passage may be nominated as crucial to Wesleyan ethics, this is it…”

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