Wednesday, May 8, 2013

John Wesley on Justification and Doctrinal Summaries (Part I)

The First Annual Conference. Monday, June 25, 1744.

There were several souls in participation. Charles Wesley, John Hodges, Henry Piers, Samuel Tayor, John Meriton and John Wesley. The design of their meeting was proposed as such:
1. What to teach;
2. How to teach; and
3. What to do i.e. how to regulate our doctrine, discipline and practice.
The sequence of this is in a question and answer format. It took place about seven o'clock.
Q. 1. What is it to be justified?
A. To be pardoned and received into God's favor and into such a state that, if we continue therein, we shall be finally saved.

Q. 2. Is faith the condition of justification?
A. Yes, for everyone who believeth not is condemned and everyone who believes is justified. 

Q. 3. But must not repentance and works meet for repentance go before faith?
A. Without doubt, if by repentance you mean conviction of sin, and by works meet for repentance, obeying God as far as we can, forgiving our brother, leaving off from evil, doing good and using his ordinances according to the power we have received.
I may make this a miniseries. There are a lot of questions asked. Also, if his answers are terse, these are meant as summations, not essays.

--Nick

This is adapted and copied from John Wesley: A Library of Protestant Thought (pgs136-7).

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