Ten Times ‘Round the Globe: A John Wesley Documentary

Rev. John Wesley; Anglican Clergyman/Evangelist. 1703 ~ 1791

  • “In those days of slow and toilsome travelling he has travelled over 250,000 milesthe equivalent of ten times round the globe—all of it, of course, on horseback or by coach, sometimes covering from eighty to ninety miles on horseback in a single day;
  • Throughout all that fifty years, summer and winter, he has risen at four o’clock in the morning and has usually preached at five, often three or four times more in the same day.
  • In the fifty years he estimated he had preached about thirty-five thousand times, or some twice a day for the whole half century.
  • He always had time for his work; but he never had time for anything else. When a young man in college, he wrote to his father, “Leisure and I have parted company.” They never met again.
  • John Wesley had no home; and he had no hours of relaxation. Rooms were set apart for his use; but he seldom occupied them more than two or three days at a time.
  •  He never hurried; but he never worried either. He was never anxious. He had no moods; he was never discouraged, never elated. He never let himself go.
  •  John Wesley was a gentleman. He made that impression upon every one: upon men of the world as well as upon men of religion; upon people of the highest rank and people of the lowest.”–Wesley Bicentennial: Wesleyan University [1703-1903] By Wesleyan University (Middletown, Conn.); 1903

John Wesley spoke about Calvinism:  “As I understand faith,” said he, “to be an assent to any truth upon rational grounds, I do not think it possible, without perjury, to swear I believe any thing, unless I have reasonable grounds for my persuasion. Now, that which contradicts reason cannot be said to stand upon reasonable grounds, and such, undoubtedly, is every proposition which is incompatible with the divine justice or mercy.

What then shall I say of predestination?

If it was inevitably decreed from eternity that a determinate part of mankind should be saved, and none beside them, a vast majority of the world were only born to eternal death, without so much as a possibility of avoiding it. How is this consistent with either the divine justice or mercy? Is it merciful to ordain a creature to everlasting misery? Is it just to punish man for crimes which he could not but commit? That God should be the author of sin and injustice, which must, I think, be the consequence of maintaining this opinion, is a contradiction to the clearest ideas we have of the divine nature and perfections.”

Who May be Saved? † How to be Saved † Are some predestined for Hell?

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 2 Timothy 4:7

“Best of all—God is with us.”–John Wesley’s last words; 1791