Freewill Baptists


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a sect of Baptists who are Arminian in doctrine, and practice open communion.
See under Baptist.

See also: Baptist, free-will

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30) Freewill Baptists in 1815 were the first Baptists to license women ministers in America.
American Baptists and Freewill Baptists encourage women in ministry more than Southern Baptists and National Baptists do.
In the early 19th century, for example, more than 100 women served as itinerant preachers for denominations like the Methodists and Freewill Baptists, and in the early 20th century, scores of women became fundamentalist preachers.
But beginning in the 1780s and 1790s, new sects like the Methodists, Freewill Baptists, and Universalists joined the regular Baptists' rallying cry to abolish the town-church system.
Soon Methodists, Universalists, and Freewill Baptists also found footholds in Vermont.
Some of them even had institutional support, especially among dissenting sects in the North like the Freewill Baptists, Methodists, Christian Connection, and African Methodists.
He joined a Calvinist Baptist church in his mid-twenties, later shifted to the Freewill Baptists, and reportedly died a fatalist and Universalist.
On the rise of the Freewill Baptists and Universalists in northern New England, see Marini, Radical Sects.
In the United States, the Freewill Baptists continue to offer a full appropriation of the Arminian order of salvation as expressed in numerous statements of faith.
Beyond the scope of this essay, colleges that are related to the General Association of Regular Baptists, the Baptist Bible Fellowship, or the Freewill Baptists exemplify this kind of "Baptist" accountability.
As the century opened, American Baptists, National Baptists, and Freewill Baptists included women speakers at their meetings.