Agonizomai: Calvinistic Methodism Speaks

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Calvinistic Methodism Speaks
This is one reason among many others why I admire the doctrine of election and am convinced that it should have a place in gospel ministrations and should be insisted on with faithfulness and care. It has a natural tendency to rouse the soul out of its carnal security. And therefore many carnal men cry out against it. Whereas universal redemption is a notion sadly adapted to keep the soul in its lethargic sleepy condition, and therefore so many natural men admire and applaud it.

George Whitefield
in answer to Mr. John Wesley's sermon entitled, "Free Grace"
(in which he had attacked certain aspects of Reformed confession)



3 Comments:

Blogger Derek Ashton said...

Tony,

There can be no doubt both men were mightily used of God . . . but Whitefield was the theologically grounded one. Even when I was Arminian, I couldn't make sense of Wesley's views. I thought they lacked coherence and Biblical clarity - little did I know how true this assessment was.

Grace & peace,
Derek

3:56 pm  
Blogger agonizomai said...

Derek,

Shhhh! Don't wake the Arminianist trolls....

The Wesleys wrote a some good hymns - and you're right about Whitefield. But, just like us, they all had feet of clay.


Blessings,


Tony

9:44 am  
Blogger Derek Ashton said...

Tony,

I'll try not to use the word @rm!n!@n anymore . . . lest those trolls should come around.

Feet of clay? I'm clay from head to toe, brother! Just a cracked pot, but something good is inside (Jesus).

Derek

3:20 pm  

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