Can Wesleyanism Evolve Or Does It Belong to the 18th Century?



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And to boil it down even further

What Jesus did for us--reconcile us to God--is once and for all humanity for all times. There is nothing to add or to take away. We are reconciled to God through the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ. All we have to do is acknowledge our brokenness and strive for Christ's perfect love for all humanity regardless of who we are. But that requires accepting that God has specific expectations of us; that it is not about living into who we think we are, but living into who God created/intends for us to be.

betsy more than 1 year ago

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There is no middle ground between those who believe their understanding is evolving and those who believe in the constant and everlasting nature of God! It is an either or proposition, absolutely no place for the word and.

betsy more than 1 year ago

You ask the wrong question

The question is do we believe that God is the same from age to age--that we worship and live with the same God as Wesley and all those who predate him did? Wesley did. Do we believe that the gospel evolves with each successive age? Wesley believed that we lived with and worshiped the same God who created the earth and everything in it. Wesley believed that the gospel was the same no matter the time. He did not reinvent or come up with anything new. Wesley made the age old message of who God is and what He has done for us applicable to his time and place. He only added the concept that it is possible for us to achieve "perfect" love in this world. The problem with your premise is that if our thinking is evolving then God has to be evolving. Wesley would say no and I agree with him. The one part of Wesleyan theology that is being ignored in what you propose is the fall of humanity from grace. And my very life tells me that humanity has not evolved or become more enlightened; we are as broken today as when God the creator came to live among his creation in the form of Jesus Christ who paid the penalty God required to for our waywardness and rebellion. We need the triune God's saving grace as much today as the Wesley himself needed it as well as every Christian who went before him.

betsy more than 1 year ago

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