Saturday, February 10, 2007

A Wesleyan or "Just" a Christian?

There's something that's been on my mind for a while, something that I now want to talk to my readers about. I'll broadcast it today!

It has to do with my continual use of the word "Wesleyan". I'm not ashamed of the word and, further, I'm not ashamed to be called it. John Wesley is one primary theological influence.

Also, theological types understand me when I use the term. What do they instantly know? They think, "Okay, he's not a Calvinist."

However, many people who may stumble across my corner of cyberspace may wonder, "What's up with this? Is 'Wesleyan Christianity' some kind of cult? Does this guy think he's better than other Christians?"

I emphatically deny being better than other Christians. I don't use the term Wesleyan to distance myself from my Christian brothers and sisters of other traditions. I am saved by the grace of God just as any Christ disciple is.

It is the intent of this blog to spread the message of John Wesley and early Methodism that grew in the Great Awakening of the 18 century. However, let me be clear: John Wesley did not die for my sins on the cross. The Lord Jesus Christ did, and he is my master.

If anyone calls me a Wesleyan, that's fine with me. I am a theological hybrid of Methodism and the holiness movement of the 19 century. However, if someone simply calls me a Christian, I'll never be offended!