A Plain Account of Christian Perfection

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection[Download] ➽ A Plain Account of Christian Perfection Author John Wesley – Heartforum.co.uk In the past few hundred years, some great Christian thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries have penned works of literature that continue to influence Christians today Rediscover the cornerstone In the past Account of PDF/EPUB Á few hundred years, some great Christian thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries have penned works of literature that continue to influence Christians today Rediscover the cornerstone of the Christian faith with this classic work from one of the most influential Christian thought leaders.

John Wesley is Account of PDF/EPUB Á recognized as the founder of Methodism An acclaimed preacher, Wesley travelled extensively on horseback and drew large crowds for his outdoor sermons A contemporary of William Wilberforce, Wesley was a strong voice opposing slavery in England and the United States His influence upon modern Christianity can be seen by the large number of Methodist organizations in the Wesleyan tra.

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  • Paperback
  • 176 pages
  • A Plain Account of Christian Perfection
  • John Wesley
  • English
  • 04 September 2019
  • 9780977616725

10 thoughts on “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection

  1. John Barbour says:

    This is an excellent book that I used as a devotional. It is a compilation of John Wesley's reflections on the subject of entire sanctification from the years 1722-1777. Christian perfection or entire sanctification is loving God with all of your heart soul, mind, and strength and loving your neighbor as yourself.

    The idea of entire sanctification is in contrast to the idea of total depravity. Even as sin had affected every area of our lives before Christ; so in Christ, God desires us to be sanctified wholly in spirit, soul, and body- in other words, our entire being. It is being restored to our original condition and purpose.

    This book is the result of 40 years of thinking and preaching about a subject (perfection) that was dear to Jesus and the Apostles heart but disparaged by so much of Christendom. The same is true today. How many times have you heard it said, “Christians aren’t perfect” but you never hear, “Be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect” (Jesus) or Aim for perfection” (Paul).

    I wholly recommend this book but for only those who are seeking to be more like Christ. In answering the question, in what manner shall we preach sanctification? Wesley answers, Scarce at all to those who are not pressing forward; to those who are, always by way of promise; always drawing, rather than driving.

  2. Ryan says:

    A really good explanation of the much misunderstood concept of Christian Perfection and Entire Sanctification. While most people criticize the ideas, it's hard to argue with Wesley's analysis of growth in love and the holiness it results in. He never argues for sinless perfection, he argues for a life so filled with love that the desire to sin is eclipsed by the love of God.

  3. Conor says:

    Trying to understand Wesley's view of sanctification more clearly, while connecting it to Luthers view of justification.

  4. Russ says:

    Methodism teaches that you should strive for perfection. This is a very controversial goal, even among Christians. Whenever a belief is expressed that perfection can be attained in this world, someone immediately shouts down the person who expressed the belief with a trite rejection: Nobody's perfect.

    But the important thing to understand before rejecting the concept outright is how Wesley defines perfection. Being perfect means being so full of love for God and humankind that there is no room for sin or hate to creep inside of you. It doesn't mean being infallible.

    Wesley explains the concept of perfection in this book. He bases his belief on scripture. The Bible does not say that holiness or perfection is attained when the body is separated from the soul upon death. On the contrary, Jesus taught his disciples to pray that God's will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Wesley asks us why Jesus would tell us to pray for an impossibility.

    If you're a Methodist, this book is a must-read. It will help clarify what Wesley meant and force you to face a different standard than you may have first imagined. It would also help refresh any Christian on what is actually written in the Bible, and not what we have learned socially.

    As a book, this is a lumpy, disorganized text that would have benefited from a merciless editor. Wesley mixes in a bunch of hymns that he and his brother wrote and uses those to explain why his detractors are wrong. I love Wesleyan hymns, but using your own lyrics to defend your point of view is silly. Also, Wesley poses a bunch of questions as subject headings, followed by his answers. But the questions are odd--it's unlikely that a layman would ever ask some of the questions--and Wesley uses them as springboards to explain his thoughts further. Some parts are redundant.

    Invaluable message; slipshod organization.

  5. David says:

    Wesley lays out his argument for Christian perfection, explaining what it is and what it is not. Responding to critics, he argues it is not an absolute perfection (it does not mean the Christian knows everything God knows). It also does not mean no more growth is possible, the Christian continues to grow in love. Another thing it does not mean is that the Christian no longer relies on grace, actually the Christian who is perfected in love relies on grace more. Simply put then, Christian perfection is loving God with heart, soul, mind and strength and loving neighbor as self. It is being perfected, being filled with love. His arguments for it are biblical: God commanded it and God would not command something impossible.

    I did not really like his style of argument as he reported on previous dialogues and such from throughout his life. It was as if I would go through old emails and sermons and copy/paste all points related to a topic. The argument is made and it is a thoughtful read, but it is not as engaging as a fresh paper.

    Overall, whether one agrees with Wesley or not is secondary. Reading this was inspiring and should move anyone to pursue growth in grace and love of God.

  6. Alex Stroshine says:

    A Plain Account of Christian Perfection is not as plain as it would seem. I found John Wesley (whom I greatly admire) to be defensive throughout the book, as opponents of his sharply spoke out against his doctrine of Christian perfection. Just what is Christian perfection exactly? Some have said that Wesley did not believe perfection meant to be without sin but on pg. 125 Wesley writes, I do not contend for the term sinless, though I do not object against it. There appears to be a lot of quibbling about semantics. Some have suggested that Wesley instead meant that Christian perfection was a heightened sanctification (knowing that Pentecostalism emerged out of Methodism, I wonder if this second blessing had any effect on the Pentecostal belief in the second baptism, the baptism of the Holy Spirit?). I am unconvinced by Wesley's defenses (laid out almost like an interview or catechism), but I believe Wesley does do well to encourage us to think of sanctification (something that is lacking, I feel, in evangelical circles). The best parts of this book were Wesley's short, reflections, such as “True humility is a kind of self-annihilation; and this is the centre of all virtues.”

  7. Matthias says:

    like the title says, this book lays out the ideas surrounding living in perfection in this life. while the author shies away from the term sinless living, it's what he means.

    he does allow that someone who found their way into christian perfection would still be subject to making mistakes.

    when i first asked my ex-pastor about this idea i was sure there was no such thing. he surprised me and suggested the book. i read it and wesley does make his case. my ex-pastor said that if someone came into this experience, they probably wouldn't know it, and that for some people seeking after this kind of holiness could become a trap.

    pretty different from the stuff you see floating around in the christian bookstores nowadays.

  8. Roy says:

    Enjoyed reading John Wesley's own views regarding holiness and sanctification. I'm not clear on whether Wesley held to his views as a second work of grace. I feel he implies this in his work but not as clearly as I would like. This is must reading for Arminians and especially those who are Wesleyans.

  9. Phil says:

    While I don't agree with everything in this book, I do agree with Wesley's treatment of the main subject matter of Christian Perfection. I concluded that the main reason people ridicule Wesley's teaching is that they define perfection differently. As Wesley wrote, [Perfection] ...must be disguised before it can be opposed. It must be covered with a bearskin first... [page 118] Wesley had several ways of viewing perfection, including purity of intention, dedicating all the life to God, giving God all our heart, loving God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves. [page 117] Indeed, love is the key to Wesley's teaching on perfection.

    My sense is that those who oppose the teaching of Christian perfection do so because they don't want to relinquish their autonomy by giving their all to God in full submission. The world exerts a strong pull and self often dies a hard death. Wesley understood that. Add to that the fact that the devil uses every personal failure to convict us that perfection is an impossible goal and it's easy to see why so many Christians struggle with the idea of having perfection in this life. One of my favorite questions Wesley asks of those who deny that Christian perfection is attainable in this life is, Has God anywhere in scripture commanded us more than He has promised to us? [page 70]

    Since the content of this book was from the 1700's, the writing style made it a difficult read in places. Much of the content uses a question/answer format and I'm sure Wesley fielded a lot of those questions from those who disagreed with him over the 40 years he preached on perfection.

  10. Jen says:

    It kind of kills me, as a Wesleyan, to give one of JW's prominent works only two stars, but hear me out. This is more of a Greatest Hits of Perfectionism compilation than anything else, and to be honest I liked the original albums better. Wesley is in conversation with several overlapping critics of his time (mid-to-late 1700s) and is pulling from his works and the works of people who are in agreement with him or have written letters to him to say that his and his brother's understanding of Christian perfection is right so plz leave him alone. It's repetitive, and a bit dull because I don't have the other half of the conversation.

    That said, there are some great Wesleyisms here (like humility and patience are the surest proof of the increase of love) and some sick burns (do not talk much, neither long at a time. Few can converse profitably above an hour). But this just doesn't have the punch that I found, for instance, in his sermon On Perfection, which was what convinced me to get on board the Wesleyan perfection train in the first place. I do really appreciate the quoting of hymns, though, as it is such a foundational aspect of Wesleyan theology--and it pulls in Charles, who so often gets lost in his brother's shadow.

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