John Wesley on Pelagius

With the Logos set of Wesley’s complete works, I can easily scan for those nasty topics like Pelagius. Here are two areas I have found. Yea, I would not affirm, that the arch-heretic of the fifth century, (as plentifully as he has been bespattered for many ages,) was not one of the holiest men of that age, not excepting St. Augustine himself…I verily believe, the real heresy of Pelagius was neither more nor less than this: The holding that Christians may, by the grace of God, (not without it; that I take to be a mere slander,) “go on


Wesley on the “intermediate state” of paradise

Thanks to Logos, I am able to dig through John Wesley’s surviving works — more than sermons, but his journals and letters. In going through early Wesley, we find him dead set against anything remotely resembling Catholicity. Later in life, we find a developing thought: But what is the essential part of heaven? Undoubtedly it is to see God, to know God, to love God. We shall then know both His nature, and His works of creation and providence, and of redemption. Even in paradise, in the intermediate state between death and the resurrection, we shall learn more concerning these


John Wesley on #Lent

“I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breaths more a solid, scriptural, rational piety, than the Common Prayer of the Church of England.”  –  John Wesley While not exactly a Lenten prayer, it is in the Lenten spirit, O JESUS, POOR AND ABJECT, UNKNOWN AND DESPISED, have mercy upon me, and let me not be ashamed to follow Thee. O JESUS, HATED, CALUMNIATED, AND PERSECUTED, have mercy upon me, and let me not be ashamed to come after Thee. O JESUS, BETRAYED AND SOLD AT A VILE PRICE, have mercy


Martin Luther on #Lent

This just goes to show you how much better Luther was than his lackeys, you know, Calvin and that Zwinugil Zinger Zwinger Zapper, no, well, then, that Zwingli feller. Some of the Reformers threw out the baby with the bathwater: Sermon for the First Sunday in Lent; Matthew 4:1-11 A sermon by Martin Luther from his Church Postil. The Fast and the Temptation of Christ I. THE FASTING OF CHRIST. I. This Gospel is read today at the beginning of Lent in order to picture before Christians the example of Christ, that they may rightly observe Lent, which has

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John Wesley on “lamb-like” #advent14ccumwv

The Sermons of John Wesley are included in our doctrinal standards. Behold… the lamb that comes to take away the sins of the world…

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Did John Wesley use the “Apocrypha?” Yes. Yes, he did. #umc

According to James Charlesworth (who used John Vicker’s data) he did. This is taken from James Charlesworth paper for the Charles Wesley society (PDF). He concludes that both Wesleys, while some differences of use, still used and cherished the hidden books. He concludes by saying, For John Wesley the most revered apocryphal document may have been the Wisdom of Solomon, followed by Sirach. The Wisdom of Solomon and the Fourth Book of Ezra seem to be the most attractive apocryphal books to Charles Wesley. I note that John Wesley’s Articles of Religion, which was geared to the American Methodists (1784), says, In the

Doctrine / Reformation

Orthodoxy as Primary to Morality

These are brief thoughts on why I choose orthodoxy. I hope to edit, and develop this later. It is, thusly, unfinished. I am asked why I strive for orthodoxy when it is presumed this since I came from a fundamentalist background I am less likely to navigate towards orthodoxy. Shouldn’t I be atheist or worse — progressive? Or because I would like to consider myself one who studies Scripture on the academic level, shouldn’t I refrain from the perilous seas of orthodoxy? However I believe that orthodoxy has a lot to offer and it is what I choose to