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11 The Baptist denomination officially split in 1845; southern members withdrew to form the Southern Baptist Convention, which eventually grew to become the largest Protestant denomination in the United States. The Methodist Episcopal Church controversy arose from an 1844 General Conference resolution that censured Bishop J. O. Andrew of Georgia, who by marriage came into the possession of slaves. When word of the censure spread, southern Conference delegates decided to split off into their own faction.
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They argued that it was hypocritical for whites, especially Christians, to participate in the enslavement that they had themselves so feared for generations at the hands of the Turks on the high seas. "10 Sowing the Seeds of Discord Slavery split several American churches before it moved on to divide and conquer the national party system and then the country itself. In 1793, the General Committee of Virginia Baptists changed course from their previous statements against slavery and decided that the institution was a political issue best left to the legislature, not the church.
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