Friday, September 20, 2013

John Wesley on Christian Perfection

In his Journal for June 1769 John Wesley succinctly explains what his doctrine of Christian perfection (entire sanctification) entails:
By Christian perfection, I mean 1) loving God with all our heart. Do you object to this? I mean 2) a heart and life all devoted to God. Do you desire less? I mean 3) regaining the whole image of God. What objection to this? I mean 4) having all the mind that was in Christ. Is this going too far? I mean 5) walking uniformly as Christ walked. And this surely no Christian will object to. If anyone means anything more or anything else by perfection, I have no concern with it. But if this is wrong, yet what need of this heat about it, this violence, I had almost said, fury of opposition, carried so far as even not to lay out anything with this man, or that woman, who professes it?
This really isn't so radical when one considers that John Wesley, an Anglican priest, simply took at face value a prayer at the beginning of the Mass from his own Book of Common Prayer.  From Thomas Cranmer's 1549 original:
ALMIGHTIE God, unto whom all hartes bee open, and all desyres knowen, and from whom no secretes are hid: clense the thoughtes of our hartes, by the inspiracion of thy holy spirite: that we may perfectly love thee, and worthely magnifie thy holy name: through Christ our Lorde. Amen. 
This, to Wesley, surely was reasonable and rational—nothing more, nothing less and nothing else.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I Will Be Preaching at Meade Station Church of God

Because Pastor Rob Jordan will be away I will fill the pulpit a number of times for Meade Station Church of God in Canonsburg, Kentucky.  I was born again and received my call to ministry while Dad pastored the congregation.  I am a proud graduate of Boyd County High School ('89).

October 6, both AM and PM services
October 27, PM service
November 3, AM service
November 10, PM service

Sunday morning worship begins at 11 AM and Sunday evening begins at 6 PM.

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Navy Yard Shootings

For 2,000 years orthodox Christianity has taught the total depravity of humankind.  It's not politically correct but it is an accurate assessment of man apart from God.  Depravity means corruption, inward evil, and it is a fit word to describe people refusing to acknowledge, love and obey the Trinity.  Paul describes human depravity this way:
What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: "None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one." "Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive." "The venom of asps is under their lips." "Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness." "Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known." "There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3:9-18 ESV)
Christ is the only answer to the evil within.

Monday, September 2, 2013

I'm Preaching at Belle Church of the Nazarene

I will preach for Pastor Mark Green this upcoming Sunday, September 8th, in both the morning and evening services.  I haven't preached for the congregation and am looking forward to it.  Sunday morning worship begins at 10:45 A.M. and Sunday evening begins at 6 P.M.  More information may be found on their website by clicking here.

Belle Church of the Nazarene
306 E. 9th Street
Belle, WV  25015