Later that same year, when the General Synod refused to acknowledge its errors, Wyneken denounced the General Synod as "Reformed in doctrine, Methodistic
in practice, and laboring for the ruin of the Church, whose name she falsely bears." He then became instrumental in organizing the denomination known today as The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod.
Whereas the Free Baptists had a rich and varied heritage of experiential Christianity, the introduction of this new experience posed problems for some of the leaders of the denomination who regarded the teaching of entire sanctification as "Methodistic
, unscriptural, promised sinless perfection and.., a divider of churches." (47) What made this development so threatening was the status given to those who experienced the second blessing.
The purpose of this essay is twofold: first, to reconsider this distinction between Method and political theory (2); secondly, to show how the teaching of political theory exemplifies certain practical educational opportunities which might be used to counteract the negative effects of our "Methodistic
As the 19th-century Holiness Movement in America matured, it formed itself into four clusters of churches: Wesleyan-Holiness groups with Methodistic
roots, those with a nonMethodist heritage who adopted the Wesleyan doctrine of holiness and its practice of revivalism, those who added tongues-speaking to the Wesleyan tradition, and those who embraced Keswick teachings (Tracy & Ingersol, 1998).
Emanuel Schreiber frequently pursued this theme in columns attacking rabbis who employed "emotionalism, sentimentalism and unction" in their sermons and worship, emulating "Methodism, Episcopalianism and Calvinism," described as "unholy strange fires which God hath not commanded." (69) Emil Hirsch, the editor of the Advocate, also often attacked "Methodistic
" styles of (non-Jewish) sentiment and piety among Jewish traditionalists.