WESLEYANS

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  1. Friend of God

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    Our neighbors are members of the Wesleyan Church. Can anyone tell me about this denomination's beliefs, and what their services are like? Thanks.

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  3. Jim1999

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    The largest church in my area is Wesleyan and you wouldn't notice any difference to a Methodist Church. They preach the gospel and nothing unusual in the order of service from a typical Baptist Church. I know the doctrines differ, but most members wouldn't have a clue what those differences are, to be honest.

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    Isn;t Free Methodist pretty close ?
     
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    Greetings

    Wesleyan's are well known for their revival to return to the truth of the inner witness for salvation and the necessity of the sanctified life. They preach the doctrine of the "second blessing" of entire sanctification, which is also known as "Methodist perfection." Another way to understand this “second blessing” is that subsequent to regeneration, by a complete consecration and faith, there may be an instantaneous cleansing and eradication of all sin from the heart of the believer by the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire." So there is a high correlation between Wesleyans and Methodists.

    However, justification is subordinated to sanctification in that it is seen as only for past sins. [M. C. Wilcox, Justification, Regeneration, Sanctification, 3.]

    Wesleyan tendency is to subordinate justification to sanctification in such a way that salvation ultimately comes to rest on sanctification.[Niebuhr, The Nature and Destiny of Man, Vol.2]

    Wesleyan’s preach justification, emphasize good works of sanctification, but subordinate justification to sanctification. It is a different version of Catholicism’s process of justification. There are several such Catholic cousins: Cambellites (CoC, Nazarene, 1st Corinthians), Methodists, ELCA (Lutheran), ABC Baptists, most (all?) Pentecostals, JW’s, Mormons, etc. It is a long list of infamy.

    Hope this helps.
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    West, yes, Free Methodist are "country cousins".

    The theological differences are known only to the hierarchy of the church. The people are "plain" believers. They do not practice such things as speaking in tongues, baptism in the Spirit as an outward event or entire sanctification, even though they are church doctrines.

    As I said, aside from the name on the board outdoors and no baptistry indoors, you might think you are entering a Baptist Church for worship.

    Cheers,

    Jim

    My area of Eastern Ontario is flooded with Free Methodist and Wesleyan churches. Mingle with the folks all the time.
     
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    They are a wonderful group of people.
    They believe in Salvation by Grace. They believe that salvation is more thatn a ticket to heaven.
    Just as John Wesley felt his heart strangely warmed as he had an experience with God that changed his life as a Christian, They would also make room for such an experience.
    They lve holy lives and cooperate with Christians of other denominations.
     
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    Over here, 'Methodist' and 'Wesleyan' are used pretty much interchangeably although the latter is regarded as somewhat archaic. Typical statement of faith:-

    http://www.cresourcei.org/creed25.html
     
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    Matt, In America, including Canada, Wesleyans and Free Mthodists are actually splits from the Methodist Church. In 1927, the Methodists, Presbyterians and Congregationalists came together to form the United Church of Canada. It is the most liberal church in Canada. The Free Methodists and Wesleyans remain the evangelical Methodist Church, with minor theological differences.

    Cheers,

    Jim
     

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