J. Roswell Flower (1841–1918) was an American preacher and religious leader who gained prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a prominent figure in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he was a leader in the development of the Holiness Movement in the United States.
Born in 1841 in New York, Flower was the son of a prominent Methodist minister. He attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and graduated in 1865. Following his graduation, he was ordained a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He served as a pastor in several congregations in New York before being appointed to the faculty of Drew Theological Seminary in Madison, New Jersey. He remained at Drew until his retirement in 1911.
As a preacher, Flower was known for his passionate, fiery sermons. He was an advocate of the Holiness Movement, which preached spiritual renewal and a return to the New Testament model of Christian living.
He believed that the church had become too focused on doctrine and had lost sight of the need for spiritual revival and renewal. His preaching centered on the need for personal holiness, and he was an outspoken critic of doctrinal disputes and denominationalism.
In addition to his preaching, Flower was also a prolific author. He wrote several books on the Holiness Movement, including The Holiness Movement: A Study of Its Origin and Development (1906), The Holiness of God (1910), and The New Testament and Holiness (1915). He also wrote several biographies of prominent religious figures, including the biography of the evangelist Dwight L. Moody.
Flower was an influential figure in the development of the Holiness Movement in the United States. He was a strong proponent of Wesleyan theology, and he believed that personal holiness was essential for spiritual growth. Through his preaching and writing, he sought to bring the Holiness Movement to a wider audience.
Throughout his life, Flower was an advocate for justice and racial equality. He was a vocal opponent of segregation and supported the newly formed National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He was also a supporter of the temperance movement, and he was a vocal opponent of the sale and consumption of alcohol. J. Roswell Flower died in 1918 at the age of 77.
He had a lasting impact on the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his preaching and writings continue to influence the Holiness Movement in the United States today. His legacy is one of spiritual awakening and justice, and his messages of personal holiness and racial equality still resonate today.
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