From the Confession of Faith of the United Methodist Church:
We believe man is fallen from righteousness and, apart from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, is destitute of holiness and inclined to evil. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.
Since we also believe that grace has been poured out on all people, that means people we meet are not, in fact, destitute of holiness. Or rather they will not be if they respond to the work the grace of God has already done in their lives.
But this grace itself is not saving grace. The new birth lies beyond the preservation from total wretchedness. And it lies beyond our own power or ability.
We believe we are never accounted righteous before God through our works or merit, but that penitent sinners are justified or accounted righteous before God only by faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
These are our doctrinal standards.
What does that mean?