Wesley’s standard for doing good

In 1741, John Wesley wrote a series of answers to questions about the fledgling Methodist movement. Among the other questions in the Q&A was an inquiry about whether Methodists had done any real good among “the common people.”

The answer:

Very many of the common people among whom they preach were profane swearers, and now fear an oath; were gluttons and drunkards, and are now temperate; were whoremongers, and are now chaste; were servants of the devil, and are now servants of God.