Death of Dwight L. Moody, Founder of Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions

Death of Dwight L. Moody, Founder of Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions

Dwight L. Moody
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After the death of founder Dwight L. Moody, the Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions changes its name to Moody Bible Institute.

Dwight L. Moody was so successful Sunday school teacher that he decided to devote himself full-time to spreading the message of Christian evangelism to an even wider audience. In 1861 Moody launched missionary work in the city of Chicago with simple, colorful preaching that stressed God's love and mercy. When he traveled, he drew thousands of listeners eager to hear his message.

Moody's work moved traditional Christian revivalism from small, rural towns to the big cities and he was one of the first to use modern marketing methods to promote old-time religious beliefs. Moody avoided sectarian disputes by operating outside institutions and traditional denominations.

In 1889 he founded his Bible Institute for Home and Foreign Missions, a school which will have a strong influence on religious teaching and doctrine in the United States. One important way in which Moody influences Christianity in America even today is with his premillennialism. In his day, most Christians were postmillennialists who believed that once they manage to cure society's problems, there will be a thousand years of peace and righteousness and then Christ will return.

Moody, however, was a premillennialist who believed that society will only get worse and then Christ would return, inaugurating the thousand years of peace and righteousness. Christians cannot perfect society, only Christ can.

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