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John Wesley favored the spiritual presence view, as demonstrated primarily through his writings, but also in his hymns. Writings First of all, John Wesley explicitly rejected transubstantiation: [N]o such change of the bread into the body of Christ can be inferred from his words, "This is my body." [...] [T]hat they are not to be taken literally ...


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I'm pretty sure Wesley and Calvin did not actually believe that Jesus is Michael. Those two quotations you gave only show that in the verses they referred to, Michael typifies Christ, just as in many other places. Ie. Jonah typified Christ, or "you may refer Jonah in his being in the belly of the fish for 3 days and 3 nights as the person of Christ, who died ...


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I refer you to J.E. Rattenbury's book "The Eucharistic Hymns of John and Charles Wesley". The 1996 reprint includes an introduction by Prof. Don Saliers who discusses John's approach to the eucharist. To summarize some of his points: emphasis on sacrificial imagery and Christ's stigmata; the eucharist has potency as a means of obtaining God's grace; ...


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Imprecatory Psalms John Wesley escised 34 Psalms altogether, and removed portions of another 58. To imprecate means to invoke evil upon, or curse. Imprecatory psalms, also called the cursing psalms, are those psalms that contain prayers for God's judgment on the psalmist's enemies. Examples: "Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down ...


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From the Wikipedia article on the subject: Though Wesley favoured celibacy rather than marital bond, he married very unhappily at the age of 48 to a widow, Mary Vazeille, described as "a well-to-do widow and mother of four children." The couple had no children. Vazeille left him 15 years later. John Singleton writes: "By 1758 she had left ...


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Yes, there are claims that both John and Charles Wesley were Arminians, but more often than not it is the theology of John that is under discussion. “And can it be” is a wonderful example of how Charles Wesley used hymns to present his theological views. The article in the first link below gives an interesting insight into the background and biblical basis ...


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If you look at Calvin's commentary on Jude 9 you'll see nothing at all that suggests he thought that Michael is Jesus. Indeed, I don't see how you could make sense of Jude 9 if you think Michael is Jesus (unless perhaps if you deny Jesus' divinity.) Wesley wrote about Jude 9 too.


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A Google Books search yielded only two documents from the time period you referenced that mention the Athanasian creed — and only one of them actually deals with Wesley's writings during that time period. John Wesley's father wrote a letter (dated October 19, 1725) to his son during the time he was supposed to have taken orders. The letter is "...


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The Latin phrase translates as “Athanasius against the world.” Athanasius was a Christian theologian, a Church Father, and the chief defender of Trinitarianism against Arianism. He battled against the Arian heresy prevalent in the fourth century and his persistence resulted in the defeat of his detractors. Here is a brief overview: In 325, at the age of ...


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Yes, it appears to be a legitimate compilation from the writings of John Wesley. I haven't confirmed all of the many stories in Jennings' book, but I selected several and found them corroborated in other editions of Wesley's journals (which are indeed available online). Page 5, "The Woodseats' Demoniac": Source 1 Source 2 Page 37, "The Michaelmas-Day ...


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You ask what compelled Wesley to take on slavery and become one of the early adopters of abolition. I found a somewhat lengthy and wordy paper on this subject and have extracted a few paragraphs that may be helpful: https://brycchancarey.com/Carey_BJRL_2003.pdf 2/16: Wesley's life coincided with the height of the British transatlantic slave trade. Britain ...


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For Wesley and other Arminians, original sin is not a matter of predestination but of human nature. In his sermon Original Sin, Wesley states: The Scripture avers, that "by one man's disobedience all men were constituted sinners;" that "in Adam all died," spiritually died, lost the life and the image of God; that fallen, sinful Adam then "begat a son in ...


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What is Wesley's concept of Entire Sanctification? If that is the question that is posed, I will try to provide an answer. Wesley's brand of Christian perfection was a reviving of what he considered to be an Apostolic doctrine. "Perfect" (Grk.- telios) in simple terms means "complete". Wesley used 30 texts to defend this doctrine. The only OT text was ...


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Regarding the partial quote "Michael may mean an angel; but I embrace the opinion of those who refer this to the person of Christ because it suits the subject best to represent him as standing forward for the defense of his elect people...." the article in the link below suggests that Calvin did not believe that Jesus is Michael: http://forananswer.blogspot....


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Our most likely example of perfection in the New Testament age, short of Jesus Christ, would be the Apostle Paul. This excerpt from Philippians 3 would indicate, however, that he either did not embrace this concept or considered himself shy of the mark. You might also consider the questions, "Once you become perfect, how do you stay perfect?" or "If I ...


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I answered this question before the OP changed it to John Wesley. ================================================================== I could find no mention of a wife in the various articles available on line regarding John Wycliffe (1320 - 1384). However there is an account of his being exhumed that his body might be desecrated (by being burned and his ...


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Actually there is quite a lot of evidence; start by reading his published journal for the years 1739-41, when he is in almost constant dialogue with Calvinistic Methodists like George Whitefield and John Cennick. Then look at the two volumes of Anti-Calvinistic hymns which Charles published in 1740, and 1741 under the same title -- HYMNS ON GOD'S ...


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As a United Methodist pastor for nearly forty years, a contemplative mystic, I have found PaRDeS to be illuminating in all facets of spirituality. In short, PaRDeS points to four ways of seeing the world (i.e., worldviews). The quadrilateral pertains to only one worldview. Peshat: the worldview of followers, or the multitude; Remez; the worldview of ...


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First, I want to be clear that perfectionism doesn't mean being perfect as in without error. So committing a sin, such as adultery, doesn't "remove" perfectionism. Perfectionism, in the Wesleyan sense, essentially means making up your mind to do your absolute best to keep the first two commandments: love god with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and ...


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