Wesley on division

From John Wesley’s “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection”:

Suffer not one thought of separating from your brethern, whether their opinions agree with yours or not. Do not dream that any man sins in not believing you, in not taking your word; or that this or that opinion is essential to the work, and both must stand or fall together. Beware of impatience of contradiction. Do not condemn or think hardly of those who cannot see as you see, or judge it their duty to contradict you, whether in a great thing or a small. I fear some of us have thought hardly of others, merely because they contradicted what we affirmed. All this tends to division; and, by everything of this kind, we are teaching them an evil lesson against ourselves.

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2 thoughts on “Wesley on division

  1. As keenly as we might cite Wesley against division, what escapes us is the backdrop of his remarks (except via historical reporting). By analogy, it reminds me of the intensity with which the BBC reports covers “Ferguson”: the more remote from the situation, the more immaculate (and skewed) the narrative.

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