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"Under Wesley, Methodism was essentially a benevolent dictatorship. Wesley believed the burden for the success of the movement as a societal means of grace lay fully upon his shoulders and did not see any way to divest himself of a portion of that power without harming the movement (Neely, 1892). In America, Asbury exhibited a similar sense of divine burden and consequential autocratic control. Not surprisingly, throughout the ministry of both Wesley and Asbury, issues of authority and autocracy, while not hindering the advance of Methodism, remained unsettled and a point of regular dissension. Significantly, however, the monarchial rule of the two father figures—one in England, the other in America—proved to be the exception rather than the rule."

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