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John Wesley on church buildings and wealth

"… John Wesley's admonition a century earlier that churches 'be bulit plain and decent' was the order of the day [1890s Kansas]. Like so many of Wesley's practices, plain churches helped ensure that Methodism would be the faith of common people. If churches were too expensive, 'the necessity of raising money will make rich men necessary to us,' Wesley wrote. 'And then farewell to Methodist discipline, if not doctrine too.'" (From Robert Wuthnow, Red State Religion, 54, quoting from Methodist Discipline 1798).

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