Wesley's Covenant Prayer in a Post-Christian Context



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People New to Christ

People new to Christ need to be told it won’t be easy. You won’t be roller-skating in your old lifestyle of sexual freedom, robbery, or taking advantage of the down-trodden. Like Christ, we have a cross to bear. But a New Life in Christ has the promise of tomorrow! We have the opportunity to serve a risen Master and receive the protection of the God who made the Universe.

Skipper Anding more than 4 years ago

Wesley's Sharp Mind

I don't see determination in this, but rather a call by Wesley to supreme loyalty, dedication, and willingness to be obedient to God. Jesus warned us not to be lukewarm, because if you are neither hot nor cold, you will be spit out of His mouth. I would say Wesley calls us to such a high level of dedication to Christ because he wants us to find that Narrow Way. The one Jesus spoke of. The one Jesus said few will find.

Skipper Anding more than 4 years ago

No wonder we are divided!

Here is another and completely different take on the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer by another UMC pastor:


The sovereignty of God is a key theological point. Belief in it leads to one place. Not believing in it leads to a completely different place. What you propose as an alternative also brings into question whether or not humans are inherently broken! Again, belief in the inherent brokenness of humanity leads to one point. Not believing that humanity is inherently broken leads to a completely different place! Wesley was adamant about the inherent brokenness of humanity!

Betsy more than 4 years ago