Sunday, June 3, 2012

John Wesley

“Now let no one deceive himself. Carefully note that any faith which does not produce repentance, love, and good works is not a true, living faith. Instead, it is a dead and devilish faith.

Even the devils believe that Jesus was born of a virgin. They know that He accomplished all kinds of miracles and declared himself to be God. They also know that, for our sakes,He suffered a most painful death to redeem us from everlasting death. They believe that He rose again on the third day, ascended into heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father. They know that He will come at the end of the world to judge both the quick and the dead.

Yes, these articles of Christian faith the devils believe, as well as all that is written in the Bible. Yet with all this belief – this faith – they are still devils. They remain in their same damnable condition, lacking the very true Christian saving faith.

The right and true Christian faith is not only to believe the Scriptures and historical doctrines are true. True faith is much more than that.” [1703-1791 A.D.]

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