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John Wesley: The Nature of True Faith

John Wesley (1703 –1791)

John Wesley (1703 –1791)

Only beware thou do not deceive thy own soul with regard to the nature of this faith. It is not, as some have fondly conceived, a bare assent to the truth of the Bible, of the articles of our creed, or of all that is contained in the Old and New Testament. The devils believe this, as well as I or thou! And yet they are devils still. But it is, over and above this, a sure trust in the mercy of God, through Christ Jesus. It is a confidence in a pardoning God. It is a divine evidence or conviction that ‘God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, not imputing to them their’ former ‘trespasses;’ and, in particular, that the Son of God hath loved me, and given himself for me; and that I, even I, am now reconciled to God by the blood of the cross.

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  1. […] And, then again, Christianity has all too often been presented as a Creedology: Do you believe thus-and-so? Great! You’re saved! Christianity, in this view becomes a matter of “adopting a Christian world-view.” (And, by the way, this is an understanding of faith that John Wesley explicitly repudiated in his day.) […]

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