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American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists$
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John Wigger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195387803

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195387803.001.0001

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Leads to Another

Leads to Another

(p.111) 6 Leads to Another
American Saint Francis Asbury and the Methodists

John Wigger (Contributor Webpage)

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As the war drew to a close, a crisis over administering the sacraments, particularly the Lord’s Supper and baptism, emerged in the South. The southern preachers, meeting in Fluvanna County, Virginia, in May 1779, voted to ordain one another to administer the sacraments. At a May 1780 conference at Manakintown, Virginia, Asbury convinced the southern preachers to suspend this decision and appeal to John Wesley for advice. Asbury then set off on a tour of Virginia and North Carolina that solidified his leadership of the movement. At the same time Asbury was becoming increasingly convinced of the moral evil of slavery. But as he toured the South in 1780 he was largely unable to convince even “friends” to free their slaves.

Keywords:   baptism, Fluvanna, leadership, Lord’s Supper, Manakintown, ordain, sacraments, slavery, south, John Wesley

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