WWJWD? The Problem of Wesleyan Originalism



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Wesley's intent

I do not claim to be a Wesleyan scholar, but I ultimately became so confused and broken by the UMC, I finally delved into John Wesley's writings--and yes, it took some time and a dictionary to help me understand his writings. However, what I discovered was that regardless of whatever else they did, the Priority #1 of both Wesley brothers was the individual and their relationship with and to God. Both John and Charles wanted individuals to be able to live a transformed life centered in God 24/7 regardless of their circumstances or past and to do it in the company of others (social holiness). As far as I am concerned, reclaiming this Priority #1 would be beneficial to the UMC. But to do that, the church would have to ditch its theological plurality. There are two more things that make Wesleyan theology unique: All people can be save abut not all will be saved. It is possible, in this life, to achieve Christian perfection that allows for human fallibility and weakness. Check out seedbed.com; they are doing a pretty good job of reclaiming Wesleyan theology for the 21st century; they are developing quite a following and attendance at their annual New Room Conference is growing significantly every year! You might find today's Daily Text on certainty vs faith enlightening: http://www.seedbed.com/on-the-difference-between-certainty-and-faith/

Betsy 24 days ago

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