Litany from 1662 – schism of the heart and Wesley

From all sedition, privy conspiracy, and rebellion; from all false doctrine, heresy, and schism; from hardness of heart, and contempt of thy Word and Commandment,

Good Lord, deliver us.

By the mystery of thy holy Incarnation; by thy holy Nativity and Circumcision; by thy Baptism, Fasting, and Temptation,

Good Lord, deliver us.

I wonder where Wesley got the idea that schism is a sin of the heart? Wesley  (two posts and then some) saw schism as beginning in the heart, not the separation of the physical unit:

We may easily observe that the word Schism here, means the want of this tender care for each other. It undoubtedly means an alienation of affection in any of them toward their brethren; a division of heart, and parties springing therefrom, though they were still outwardly united together; though they still continued members of the same external society. – Sermon 75

I do find it so interesting our “man of one book” can find some root of his interpretation here in this other book.


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5 Replies to “Litany from 1662 – schism of the heart and Wesley”

  1. February will be an interesting month. All this talk about schism and unity – prompts me to think the main point is being overlooked. UMC already has unity in communion, unity in church. After a Bishop gave his viewgraph pitch about the three plans (and of course, he supported the “One Church Plan”), a really old guy got up and asked a question. He really hit the nail on the head. He said (paraphrased because of my memory), “This isn’t about unity or One Church”, it is only about two things, gay marriage by UMC clergy, and gay clergy!” So, it seems to be a clergy problem, not a church problem.

    1. i think, while well intentioned, the gentlemen may not be seeing the entire picture. Laity are in the mix… as are various different views as to what constitutes a methodist.

      1. And activists. Don’t forget the activists! If the last conference was any example, we should see sit-ins, protests, boycotts, and all sorts of unseemly behavior in February. Hope not. But expected. “I’m going to hold my breath until I get my way!” Think that’s the kind of behavior I’ve seen in the past.

    1. Considering this survey of U.S. UMC members, I wonder where this came from – which I have heard several times, “two-thirds of American United Methodists do not support “The Traditional Plan””. Making up numbers?

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