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John Wesley

Fecha de nacimiento: 17. Junio 1703
Fecha de muerte: 2. Marzo 1791
Otros nombres: 約翰衛斯理

John Wesley fue un clérigo anglicano y teólogo cristiano británico, nacido en Epworth, Lincolnshire, Inglaterra.

A John Wesley junto con su hermano Charles Wesley se les reconoce como importantes predicadores, de cuya palabra se inspiró el Movimiento Metodista inglés, que comenzó cuando adoptó la costumbre de realizar prédicas al aire libre de una manera similar a George Whitefield. No obstante, Wesley no fundó el metodismo como una denominación cristiana; por el contrario, expresó su deseo de que esto no ocurriera cuando declaró:

"Desearía que el nombre 'metodista' nunca vuelva a ser mencionado otra vez, sino que se perdiera en el eterno olvido".

Frases John Wesley

„No tengo tiempo para tener prisa.“

—  John Wesley

Fuente: Ortega Blake, Arturo. El gran libro de las frases célebres. Editorial Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial México, 2013 ISBN 978-60-7311-631-2.

„Denme cien hombres que no teman más que al pecado y no deseen más que a Dios y cambiaré el mundo.“

—  John Wesley

Fuente: Citado en Rojas, Rodolfo. Los 21 alineamientos proféticos para ganar y discipular. Editorial BookBaby, 2013. ISBN 9781626753969.

„Gana todo lo que puedas; ahorra todo lo que puedas; da todo lo que puedas.“

—  John Wesley

Fuente: Citado en Batterson, Mark. El ladrón de tumbas: Cómo Jesús puede hacer posible tu imposible. Editorial Baker Books, 2014. ISBN 9781441223463. https://books.google.es/books?id=_KytBAAAQBAJ&pg=PT106&dq=Gana+todo+lo+que+puedas;+ahorra+todo+lo+que+puedas;+da+todo+lo+que+puedas.&hl=es&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwid-eO3h_nZAhWDshQKHUymBa4Q6AEIQDAF#v=onepage&q=Gana%20todo%20lo%20que%20puedas%3B%20ahorra%20todo%20lo%20que%20puedas%3B%20da%20todo%20lo%20que%20puedas.&f=false

„La pasión y el prejuicio gobiernan el mundo, pero bajo el nombre de la razón.“

—  John Wesley

Fuente: Frases célebres de hombres célebres. Compilado por Manuel Pumarega. 3ª Edición. Editorial México, 1949. p. 241.

„¡Oh, Señor, que no vivamos para ser inútiles.“

—  John Wesley

Fuente: Citado en Atkinson, Kate. Un dios en ruinas. Editorial Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial España, 2016. ISBN 9788426403452.

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„Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think.“

—  John Wesley

Sermon 37 "The Nature of Enthusiasm"
Sermons on Several Occasions (1771)
Contexto: Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast. Do not imagine that God has called you (just contrary to the spirit of Him you style your Master) to destroy men’s lives, and not to save them. Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

„If you will avoid all bigotry, go on. In every instance of this kind, whatever the instrument be, acknowledge the finger of God. And not only acknowledge, but rejoice in his work, and praise his name with thanksgiving. Encourage whomsoever God is pleased to employ, to give himself wholly up thereto. Speak well of him wheresoever you are; defend his character and his mission.“

—  John Wesley

Sermon 38 "A Caution against Bigotry http://www.ccel.org/ccel/wesley/sermons.v.xxxviii.html
Sermons on Several Occasions (1771)
Contexto: In order to examine ourselves thoroughly, let the case be proposed in the strongest manner. What, if I were to see a Papist, an Arian, a Socinian casting out devils? If I did, I could not forbid even him, without convicting myself of bigotry. Yea, if it could be supposed that I should see a Jew, a Deist, or a Turk, doing the same, were I to forbid him either directly or indirectly, I should be no better than a bigot still.
O stand clear of this! But be not content with not forbidding any that casts out devils. It is well to go thus far; but do not stop here. If you will avoid all bigotry, go on. In every instance of this kind, whatever the instrument be, acknowledge the finger of God. And not only acknowledge, but rejoice in his work, and praise his name with thanksgiving. Encourage whomsoever God is pleased to employ, to give himself wholly up thereto. Speak well of him wheresoever you are; defend his character and his mission. Enlarge, as far as you can, his sphere of action; show him all kindness in word and deed; and cease not to cry to God in his behalf, that he may save both himself and them that hear him.
I need add but one caution: Think not the bigotry of another is any excuse for your own. It is not impossible, that one who casts out devils himself, may yet forbid you so to do. You may observe, this is the very case mentioned in the text. The Apostles forbade another to do what they did themselves. But beware of retorting. It is not your part to return evil for evil. Another’s not observing the direction of our Lord, is no reason why you should neglect it. Nay, but let him have all the bigotry to himself. If he forbid you, do not you forbid him. Rather labour, and watch, and pray the more, to confirm your love toward him. If he speak all manner of evil of you, speak all manner of good (that is true) of him.

„Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as you ever can.“

—  John Wesley, John Wesley

Variant Do all the good you can, in all the ways you can, to all the souls you can, in every place you can, at all the times you can, with all the zeal you can, as long as ever you can.
In the sermon titled "The Use of Money" Wesley said, "Employ whatever God has entrusted you with in doing good, all possible good, in every possible kind and degree . . . to all men." This sermon is in the collection titled "Wesley's Standard Sermons." They are called "standard" because all Methodist preachers were instructed to read them and use them in interpreting the Christian faith.
Disputed
Variante: Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.
Fuente: According to Richard Heitzenrater, Professor of Church History and Wesleyan Studies at Duke Divinity School, there is no evidence that John Wesley ever wrote the rule that is attributed to him.

„When I was young I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to man.“

—  John Wesley

General sources
Contexto: Permit me, sir, to give you one piece of advice. Be not so positive; especially with regard to things which are neither easy nor necessary to be determined. When I was young I was sure of everything. In a few years, having been mistaken a thousand times, I was not half so sure of most things as I was before. At present, I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to man.

Reply to a letter signed "Philosophaster" addressed to him in the London Magazine of 1774, in London Magazine 1775, p. 26

„Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast.“

—  John Wesley

Sermon 37 "The Nature of Enthusiasm"
Sermons on Several Occasions (1771)
Contexto: Beware you are not a fiery, persecuting enthusiast. Do not imagine that God has called you (just contrary to the spirit of Him you style your Master) to destroy men’s lives, and not to save them. Never dream of forcing men into the ways of God. Think yourself, and let think. Use no constraint in matters of religion. Even those who are farthest out of the way never compel to come in by any other means than reason, truth, and love.

„I deny that villany is ever necessary. It is impossible that it should ever be necessary for any reasonable creature to violate all the laws of justice, mercy, and truth. No circumstances can make it necessary for a man to burst in sunder all the ties of humanity.“

—  John Wesley

Thoughts Upon Slavery (1774)
Contexto: I deny that villany is ever necessary. It is impossible that it should ever be necessary for any reasonable creature to violate all the laws of justice, mercy, and truth. No circumstances can make it necessary for a man to burst in sunder all the ties of humanity. It can never be necessary for a rational being to sink himself below a brute. A man can be under no necessity of degrading himself into a wolf. The absurdity of the supposition is so glaring, that one would wonder any one can help seeing it.

„The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities.“

—  John Wesley

Letter to Reverend Samuel Furley (25 Janurary 1762), Published in The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, M. A., Founder of the Methodists (1872) by Luke Tyerman, p. 451.
General sources
Contexto: The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. I exact more from myself, and less from others. Go thou and do likewise!

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