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Difference between Free & United Methodist

Simply out of curiousity, what is the difference between the two?
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I think they are different groups of Methodists. The United Methodists are one denomination (rather large) of Methodists. Wesleyans are another group, and Nazerenes come from the Methodist/Holiness tradition as well.
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I can answer this question if you ask it in another forum.
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I am a United Methodist and I have asked the same question about the differences between the United and Free Methodist. I have been told that there is just a slight difference in the discipline of the two. The Free Methodist add to their discipline, or maybe it was membership vows, that the members take a membership pledge basically not to consume alcohol or drugs. That's what I was told was the difference.

I would like to see what Plan 9 says too, to see if I was told correctly! If it is asked in another forum, can someone post the link here?
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Originally Posted by wvmtnkid
I am a United Methodist and I have asked the same question about the differences between the United and Free Methodist. I have been told that there is just a slight difference in the discipline of the two. The Free Methodist add to their discipline, or maybe it was membership vows, that the members take a membership pledge basically not to consume alcohol or drugs. That's what I was told was the difference.

I would like to see what Plan 9 says too, to see if I was told correctly! If it is asked in another forum, can someone post the link here?
The MEC minister who started the Free Methodist Church wished to add "four freedoms" to the discipline, but, after saying that I could explain, I found to my horror that I could only remember one.

I feel certain that you're correct and that one "free" constitutes a temperance pledge. Another of the "frees" is "freedom from fraternal organizations".
We have two of the four and there were some other differences at the time the split occured, in addition to the "four frees".

I haven't yet had time to look up the specifics, but I'll do that shortly and get back to you.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with a quip a Free Methodist made to me.

"Well, the Free Methodist Church isn't really free,



but it is relatively inexpensive."
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I grew up United Methodist and my Mom is now a United Methodist minister... but I really have no idea. The only thing I know is that once there was a Northern Methodist church and a Southern Methodist church... this being during the Civil War... after the war the Northern and Southern Methodist churches decided to combine... thus was born the United Methodist church.

I am no longer United Methodist... much to my Mother's dislike... but there are just too many things I disagree with them on (that would be another discussion). I attended a nondenominational church for the past 11 years, but then this past year we moved... we tried a Messianic church for a while, but the drive is just to long... so now we are at an Assemblies of God. We haven't really found a perfect fit here... it's hard to find a church that is Charismatic and Calvinist :lol.
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IWe haven't really found a perfect fit here... it's hard to find a church that is Charismatic and Calvinist :lol.
Well, they're not exactly compatible theologies, are they?
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I think I would avoid the Free Methodist based on what has been said. There is no need to add more rules and regulations to the Christian life.

Personally, I'm not a fan of the Methodist church. That's mostly due to preference. However, I'm sure there are good Bible-teaching Methodist churches out there. I just haven't seen one.

My parents attend a Methodist church. I always walk away wondering what the pastor was talking about.
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I grew up United Methodist and my Mom is now a United Methodist minister... but I really have no idea. The only thing I know is that once there was a Northern Methodist church and a Southern Methodist church... this being during the Civil War... after the war the Northern and Southern Methodist churches decided to combine... thus was born the United Methodist church.
erm...yes, half the MEC did secede and afterward they got back together, but the United Methodist Chuch was born in the 1960s when the MEC merged with the Evangelical United Brethren.

I've been told that the UMC has been making overtures to the AME and the CME for a long time. They, of course, split off when the MEC South was born; let's talk insulting, shall we?


so now we are at an Assemblies of God. We haven't really found a perfect fit here... it's hard to find a church that is Charismatic and Calvinist :lol.
I'm really starting to feel for you now: the AG was started mostly by Baptists and Methodists and their doctrine is a triumph of compromise, in my not-so-humble opinion. But, there you are, still in a church which has some Methodism going!

Tell me what aspect of Calvinism you would like to see in a Charismatic church? Who knows? I may have run across one somewhere. LOL
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