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John Wesley on Speaking about Calvinist

The advice that John Wesley offers at the end of his tract, What Is An Arminian?, is worth reading and following.  Wesley wrote:

One word more: Is it not the duty of every Arminian Preacher, First, never, in public or in private, to use the word Calvinist as a term of reproach; seeing it is neither better nor worse than calling names? — a practice no more consistent with good sense or good manners, than it is with Christianity. Secondly. To do all that in him lies to prevent his hearers from doing it, by showing them the sin and folly of it? And is it not equally the duty of every Calvinist Preacher, First, never in public or in private, in preaching or in conversation, to use the word Arminian as a term of reproach? Secondly. To do all that in him lies to prevent his hearers from doing it, by showing them the sin and folly thereof; and that the more earnestly and diligently, if they have been accustomed so to do? perhaps encouraged therein by his own example!

May we love our brothers and sisters who disagree with us (John 13:34-35).  Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).  Loving God is the greatest commandment and loving our neighbor as ourselves is second (Matthew 22:36-39).

My prayer is that we Arminians would love our Calvinist brothers and sisters.  May they see our love for them and may it not be in word but in deed.

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Written by The Seeking Disciple

08/04/2016 at 6:22 PM

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  1. I think likewise with some Calvinists

    SLIMJIM

    08/08/2016 at 12:48 PM

  2. I’ve always said: If we can’t accomplish the Great Commission together, then the problem is not with our theologies – the problem is personal.

    Bro. Brandon

    08/08/2016 at 7:53 PM

  3. Godly sentiment. I wish our churches would grab onto that theme and together reach the world for God

    Michael Boyd

    08/11/2016 at 4:36 PM


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