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Freewill Baptist Society


Free Will Baptist (or plural: Free Will Baptists) is a denomination and group of people that believe in free grace, free salvation and free will. The movement can be traced back to the 1600s with the development of General Baptism in England. Its formal establishment is widely linked to the English theologian, Thomas Helwys who led the Baptist movement to believe in General Atonement. With the establishment of Free Will Baptists in the South, Benjamin Randall developed the movement in the Northeastern United States, specifically Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

One of the most defining characteristics of the movement is the notion of self-governance of local churches. The notion of Free Will was a systematic rejection of the Puritan movement, due to its overall religious beliefs and lack of social mobility.

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Freewill Baptist Society account book

Codex 003321
Identifier: 003321
Overview Cash account book of the Freewill Baptist Society, Cyrus Lathem, treasurer, bound with report of S.S. Convention held in Nashua, 1884-11-17.