Sunday, May 23, 2010

True faith is the gift of God

John Wesley's journal, April 22nd, 1738: "I met Peter Bohler once more. I had now no objection to what he said of the nature of faith . . . But I could not comprehend what he spoke of an instantaneous work. I could not understand how this faith should be given in a moment: How a man could at once be thus turned from darkness to light, from sin and misery to righteousness and joy in the Holy Ghost. I searched the Scriptures again, touching this very thing, particularly the Acts of the Apostles: But, to my utter astonishment, found scarce any instances there of other than instantaneous conversions; scarce any so slow as that of St. Paul, who was three days in the pangs of the new birth." ~ John Wesley

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