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A Truly Catholic Spirit

James Gibson

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The doctrinal and theological crisis in the UMC is much deeper than many of us first realized. Two or three generations of clergy ill trained in the traditions of Wesley and Apostolic Christianity have left the laity hungry for the truth they are not hearing from Methodist pulpits. Many of them, while remaining faithful members of local UM churches, have sought to supplement their spiritual life by browsing Christian bookstores and electronic media outlets for material by teachers and preachers from other denominations and traditions.

However, there remains a smaller group of Methodists, mostly clergy, who also grew up in Methodist churches devoid of any deep spiritual truth but, unlike the "Baptistified" sect, they have not found solace in Christian bookstores and media outlets. Rather, they have immersed themselves in the rich tradition of John and Charles Wesley and the Apostolic and Scriptural Christianity which the first Methodists intended to restore and revive.

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