Protestants: Preach, Teach, Live, Win

That subspecies of fundamentalism, the "holiness" church, lays such stress on goodness, consecration and sanctity that most Christians boggle at the thought of meeting the standards. But the Church of the Nazarene has no fewer than 405,000 members who are willing to try. Last week, at its 16th quadrennial general assembly, more than 22,000 of them squeezed into the Portland, Ore., Memorial Coliseum for a mammoth communion service. Six hundred ministers, most of them dressed in business suits rather than clerical garb, distributed the wafers, along with 45 gallons of grape juice...

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