Late Night Quote: John Wesley

“Beware of Antinomian [that is, being under no obligation to obey the moral and ethical requirements of the Bible—license] books; particularly the works of Dr. Crisp and Mr. Saltmarsh. They contain many excellent things; and this makes them the more dangerous. O be warned in time! Do not play with fire.”

John Wesley, from A Plain Account of Christian Perfection (emphasis added)

I stumbled upon this quote this evening from John Wesley, and was struck by its profundity.

The real danger of false teachers is not always what they get wrong, but what they get right. This is why discernment is more crucial than ever.

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  • L.L. Barkat


    And, hey, welcome to High Calling Blogs

    • Aaron


  • Chad

    So true, Aaron. Isn’t it startling how eerily contemporary A Plain Account of Christian reads, considering it was written close to 250 years ago? I find this to be the case with much of Wesley’s writings, such as his sermon, “The Almost Christian.”

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Truthfully I’m consistently amazed at how timeless much of the writing of saints of old are. I look at a lot of the books published today, even the ones I love, and I highly doubt they’ll be as relevant as something by Spurgeon, Whitefield, Edwards or Wesley.

      To date, the only work of Wesley’s I’ve only read is A Plain Account of Christian Perfection. I’ll have to check out “The Almost Christian.”

      Thanks for the recommendation, Chad!

  • Chad

    What, you mean people 100 years from now aren’t going to be reading “Blue Like Jazz?” :-)

    • Aaron Armstrong

      Oh gosh, just the thought of that blows my mind…