11 Facts About Wesleyan


Wesleyan theology, otherwise known as Wesleyan–Arminian theology, or Methodist theology, is a theological tradition in Protestant Christianity based upon the ministry of the 18th-century evangelical reformer brothers John Wesley and Charles Wesley.

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Wesleyan–Arminian theology, manifest today in Methodism, is named after its founders, John Wesley in particular, as well as for Jacobus Arminius, since it is a subset of Arminian theology.

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Wesleyan theology asserts the primary authority of Scripture and affirms the Christological orthodoxy of the first five centuries of church history.

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Wesleyan–Arminianism developed as an attempt to explain Christianity in a manner unlike the teachings of Calvinism.

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However, the creation of Wesleyan–Arminianism has today developed into a popular standard for many contemporary churches.

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Wesleyan theology emphasizes a participatory nature in atonement, in which the Methodist believer spiritually dies with Christ and Christ dies for humanity; this is reflected in the words of the following Methodist hymn :.

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Wesleyan theology teaches that the new birth contains two phases that occur together, justification and regeneration:.

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Wesleyan taught that a believer could progress in love until love became devoid of self-interest at the moment of entire sanctification.

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Wesleyan theology teaches that there are two distinct phases in the Christian experience.

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Wesleyan theology holds that baptism is a sacrament of initiation into the visible Church.

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Wesleyan covenant theology further teaches that baptism is a sign and a seal of the covenant of grace:.

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