John Wesley on The Character of a Methodist – We Think and Let Think

yes, maybe this is a bit passive aggressive — yet, how else do you have some sort of catharsis while practicing Christian love?

THE distinguishing marks of a Methodist are not his opinions of any sort. His assenting to this or that scheme of religion, his embracing any particular set of notions, his espousing the judgment of one man or of another, are all quite wide of the point. Whosoever, therefore, imagines that a Methodist is a man of such or such an opinion, is grossly ignorant of the whole affair; he mistakes the truth totally. We believe, indeed, that “all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God;” and herein we are distinguished from Jews, Turks, and Infidels. We believe the written word of God to be the only and sufficient rule both of Christian faith and practice; and herein we are fundamentally distinguished from those of the Romish Church. We believe Christ to be the eternal, supreme God; and herein we are distinguished from the Socinians and Arians. But as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think. So that whatsoever they are, whether right or wrong, they are no distinguishing marks of a Methodist.

via The Character of a Methodist – General Board of Global Ministries.

I would count “the root of Christianity” certain beliefs, but it is the power to think freely that separates us from the fundamentalist. Yes, we may share common, rooted, beliefs, but to think… to have the freedom to think differently… that is the character of a Methodist.

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4 Replies to “John Wesley on The Character of a Methodist – We Think and Let Think”

    1. No. I have decided to yield to advice wiser than I and not directly contact him. I fear my words would be less grand than John Wesley’s.

  1. Wise I think. You wouldn’t like to be held responsible for any results though I doubt he would think seriously about Wesley’s statement.

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