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to the Quakers are the so-called Doukhobors. They are not so
numerous. Some of them are in Canada. These bodies of Protestants have
been the material from which several Protestant movements from
other lands have formed their small congregations in the South of
Russia and in the Caucasus. The Molokans have kept very strongly
to the letter of the Holy Scripture. They read the Holy Bible in their
meetings chapter after chapter. They sing the words of the Holy
Scriptures and they pray in the language of Holy Scriptures; so
afraid were they of all ceremonies by which they had been bound
and fettered in the state church. But that attitude could not save
them from being slaves to forms and ceremonies. They could bow
for hours on their knees and pray and sing and read.

Among the Molokans

In the Molokan movement long before I went there, a revival was
brought about by a Scotchman named William Melville (known among
the Russians as Vassile Vassiliyevitch). He belonged to the
Presbyterian Church, a real Puritan from Scotland. He was living in Odessa
when I came there and was about eighty years old. He showed me
much Christian love and introduced me to all the people in the city
who had his confidence. Through him there arose congregations
which had water baptism, a sacrament which the other Molokans
rejected. They were all named Presbyterian congregations. Sometime
ago these churches numbered twenty-six.

Another movement among the Molokans originated from the
German Mennonite settlement of South Russia and was characterized by
its Baptist teaching. These people were known under the name of
Baptists. They had a very strong leader in Dey Mazayeff from Rostof,
a former Molokan. You may also have heard about the Stundists. I
came in touch with real Stundists in Odessa. This name is derived
from the German word Gebet-stunde (prayer-meeting) and came from
a Lutheran pastor Bonakaempfer in Bessarabia. He was a real
evangelist. There came up Gebet-stunde, or prayer-meetings, through his
work. Those who took part in these meetings were called Stundists.

The Stundists

The movement spread over Russia. Some people think that the
Baptists were the real Russian Stundists, but this is not so. The
government never gave that name to a Baptist if he was merely a Baptist
and never did anything to bring people to God, but if a Baptist was
successful in bringing souls to God then the government branded him
by the name of Stundist. If he would claim that he belonged to the
Baptist body, the government officials would still say: “You are a

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