The Wesleyan Covenant Association's 'Like-Minded People' Problem

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One of the short-comings of The United Methodist Church is that it began losing its grip on what it really means to be a Christian of the Methodist persuasion during the later 1800's. Currently, one of the most mis-understood concepts John Wesley put forth is his understanding of what it means to truly be a person of the catholic spirit as it related to belonging to a particular faith tradition. I have no doubt that John Wesley would be greatly disappointed that the American branch of The United Methodist Church has become plagued by theological diversity run amuck. Originally, the concept of "being connected" was rooted in the fact that people chose to become connected to Wesley and his particular set of understandings. Spend some quality time with Wesley's sermon on the catholic spirit which is a treatise that defends why there are so many versions of Protestant Christianity because when it comes to being a particular branch of Christianity, Wesley understood that being of like mind is essential.


http://www.umcmission.org/Find-Resources/John-Wesley-Sermons/Sermon-39-Catholic-Spirit

Betsy 264 days ago

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