Archive for the ‘John Wesley’ Category

A mob surrounded the house, threw stones through the window, and then broke in through the door. Believing the time was now come, I walked down into the the thickest of them

November 17, 2009

On 18 October 1749 (John Wesley) met bitter opposition in Bolton, Lancashire. A mob surrounded the house, threw stones through the window, and then broke in through the door. Believing the time was now come, I walked down into the the thickest of them. They had now filled all the rooms below. I called for a chair. The winds were hushed, and all was calm and still. My heart was filled with love, my eyes with tears, and my mouth with arguments. They were amazed; they were ashamed; they were melted down; they devoured every word. What a turn was this!

John Stott, I Believe in Preaching, p.106, quoting Wesley’s Journal

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knowledge is a different department of life from religion

October 29, 2009

knowledge is a different department of life from religion

Schleiermacher

The feelings are exclusively the elements of religion and none are excluded.

Schleiermacher

 

We do not lay the main stress of our religion on any opinions right or wrong. Orthodoxy is at best but a very slender part of religion if it can be allowed to be any part of it at all.

John Wesley, From: Plain Account of the People Called Methodists

 

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Moroni 10:4

Perfectionism

October 13, 2008

Perfectionism was not the only error held to by the great John Wesley. John Cennick (one of the early Methodists with Whitefield and Wesley) bears witness that:

Mr Wesley and I disputed often, and chiefly it was because he said if we have no other righteousness than the righteousness imputed to us, we can’t be saved. Also that a soul justified by the blood of Christ, and having the assurance of forgiveness and the witness of God’s Spirit bearing witness with his spirit that he is a child of God, can finally and eternally perish. Also that a man can become so perfect in this world that he shall not only not commit sin, but he shall be without sin and be inherently as holy as God

Even great men, greatly used by the Lord, can hold to abberrant theology. This does not mean we should be indifferent to true doctrine, but to remember that we ourselves are mortal, sinful and that we are saved by grace, not by a perfect knowledge of the biblical system of theology.