Frases de 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
„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.“
— John Wesley
Context: 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. [http://www.ccel.org/ccel/wesley/sermons.v.xxxviii.html Sermon 38 "A Caution against Bigotry]
— John Wesley
Context: 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. Sermon 37 "The Nature of Enthusiasm"
— John Wesley
Context: 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! 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.