The Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ is the heart and core and center of revealed religion.

Elder Bruce R. McConkie Christ and the Creation

By , on November 2, 2015

Perfection, Wesley

A note about the inclusion of quotes from a few non-LDS writers in a blog devoted to the Atonement as expressed in the restored Gospel, including in scriptures and by prophets and apostles in former days and latter days:

C.S. Lewis was sometimes called “The Thirteenth Apostle,” because he had so many deep insights into the Gospel of Jesus Christ without benefit of having much, if any, exposure to the restored Gospel.

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, died prior to The First Vision and discovered much divine truth in the absence of the restoration of complete and perfect truth.  In considering Wesley’s writings, Latter-day Saints will remember that he was among the 100 great men who appeared to Wilford Woodruff and for whom President Woodruff was baptized in the St. George Temple.  Wesley was one of the few in this group to be ordained a High Priest.

Wesley was amazingly prolific in speaking and writing.  While some of Wesley’s expressed beliefs were clearly not correct and reflected errors common to Protestant teachings of his day,  I believe the following excerpt from one of his sermons is well-expressed and in keeping with LDS doctrine on the necessity of an Atonement and both our total dependence upon the Savior and the importance of our obedience to His commandments:

4. What is then the perfection of which man is capable while he dwells in a corruptible body? It is the complying with that kind command, “My son, give me thy heart.” It is the “loving the Lord his God with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mind.” This is the sum of Christian perfection: It is all comprised in that one word, Love. The first branch of it is the love of God: And as he that loves God loves his brother also, it is inseparably connected with the second: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself:” Thou shalt love every man as thy own soul, as Christ loved us. “On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets:” These contain the whole of Christian perfection.

John Wesley

On Perfection, Sermon 76,  (text from the 1872 edition – Thomas Jackson, editor)

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