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History of the Church History (page 8)

On board ship Wesley was impressed by the calm courage of Moravian missionaries aboard his ship during a great storm. After long searching, Wesley was given “saving faith” on May 24, 1738, during a Moravian meeting in London. His “heart was strangely warmed” as he listened to reading of Martin Luther’s preface to the Epistle to Romans. He started preaching salvation by faith, a theme he emphasized for the next 50 years. Wesley remained loyal to the Church of England; however, realizing there were many differences with what he believed, he started a movement which would become the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788, who wrote many of the songs that are still used today, traveled with his brother John to the Georgia Colonies. On May 21, 1738 he was “born again” after reading a commentary by Martin Luther on the Epistle to the Galatians. For 17 years he was a traveling minister among the Wesleyan societies. Although he differed with his brother on some points, they always remained loyal to each other.

The Wesleyan Church members are not allowed to use tobacco and alcoholic beverages or belong to secret societies. Since its organization, the Wesleyan Church as merged with the Alliance of the Reformed Baptist Church of Canada and other missionary bands around the world. (Source World Book Encyclopedia).

January 1, 1901 in Topeka, Kansas the Pentecostal experience moved into the 20th century. The students at Charles Parham's Bible School had been studying the book of Acts of the Apostles when suddenly a lady began speaking in unknown tongues, just like the Disciples and those gathered in the Upper Room did on the Day of Pentecost almost two thousand years before.

Dr. Parham had instructed his students to carefully study Acts 2, believing that speaking in tongues was the evidence of the Spirit baptism that Jesus had mentioned in John 3:5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

They soon discovered that the Roman Catholic Church had not only changed the method of Baptism, (by complete emersion in water), but had also changed the way people were baptized. This change was to allow for sprinkling, or pouring on of water on the head. This was contrary to what the early Christians practiced immersion, (submersing a person in water).

The Roman Catholic Church also changed the formula for baptism. The early church baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ as commanded by Peter in Acts 2:38, knowing that they were obeying the commission of Jesus in Matthew 28:19 to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the NAME, of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (source World Book Encyclopedia and Acts of the Apostles).

The Apostle Paul in the 19th chapter of Acts met some disciples of John the Baptist. He ask them the question, 19:2-6, (2),“have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” And they said unto him, “we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.” (3) And he said unto them, “Unto what then were ye baptized?” And they said, “Unto John’s baptism.” (4) Then said Paul, “John verily baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, ’that they should believe on him which should come after him‘, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (5) And when they heard this, they were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus. (6) And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.