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What is Pietism?

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Pietism arose in the mid sixteen hundred. They tried to complete the Reformation as appose to renouncing it. Two men who significantly contributed to Pietism was, Johann Arndt who believed Christians and especially pastors should live a Godly life style as it says in Colossians 3. The other person who shaped Pietism was, Justinian von Welz who requested the gospel be shared amongst non-Christians and to establish Missions College to train and equip future missionaries. He challenged the church to be more outward focus and to take the gospel to other countries. Pietism emerged because the Lutheran church and many Reformed churches believed that the great commission was to be fulfilled by the apostles and not the church. People who have not heard the gospel were assumed to have rejected the gospel by the apostles during the New Testament times and rulers must spread the gospel in their own area. In 1675 Phillipp Spener provided a final solution to Pietism by writing six strong biblical proposals to correct the church’s weakness. (page 161) Firstly, Pastors should preach from the whole Bible and the Scripture should speak to people individually. Secondly, the lay people should all be involved in the church and be taught the difference between them and the ordained people's function in the church. Another aspect is the growth of people's spiritual lives, in addition to loving God which is of utmost importance resulting in theological knowledge. Fourthly, their lives must be a testimony reflecting Christ in every aspect of the lives. Another principal was, seminaries should train candidates how to cultivate a Spirit filled life by doing personal bible study and group devotions. Lastly, preaching should edify the believers an...

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...God and earnestness to reach souls for Christ, what's more not counting the cost at all. The Puritan leaders were willing to take the risks, were dedicated to the cause of Christ and willing to suffer for the sake of the gospel. The Puritans played a significant role in modern missions for the reason that they had a vision for global missions and cross-cultural evangelism.
The Pietist, Moravians and Puritans contribution to missions not only influenced Carey but also made a significant impact in the world and in the church of God. It is movements like the Pietist, Moravians, Puritans and people like Arndt, von Welz, Spener Elliot, Carey and others alike that shaped our missions organisations and churches worldwide. What stood out for me in all the mission movements are the dedicated prayer warriors, their compassion to see people come to Christ as all cost.
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