The Wesleys Mobbed
Regret as we may the multiplied sects of Christendom, we
must look upon them all with sympathy. The establishment of each, marked a
further endeavor to get nearer to God and the true Light. The Wesleys
returned to the simplicity of the early Church in preaching, Class
gatherings, Bible study, etc. Naturally they were opposed by Churchianity.
Cattle were driven amongst the worshipers to interrupt their meetings;
they were mobbed. Similarly, Baptists, Presbyterians and others have had
their experiences of persecution, hindering Bible study and worshiping of
God according to their consciences.--2 Timothy 3:12.
"What manner of persons ought we to be?" As we
note the bitter persecutions of the past, and the "narrow way"
of all who follow Jesus only, we should the more forgive arrogance and
bigotry. All should turn away from human traditions and everything
contrary to the Bible.--2 Peter 3:11.
Christian people in all denominations are reaching this
conclusion, and studying God's Word without creedal spectacles, in Bible
classes, or in their homes.--2 Timothy 2:15.
Wesley uncovered another precious Bible truth. He
declared Calvin's doctrine impossible for his acceptance, as Calvinists
now do. Brother Wesley's theme was Free Grace, and his favorite text,
"The Spirit and the Bride say, Come, and whosoever will may come and
take of the Water of Life freely." His heart was broad and loving,
but the real breadth of Grace Divine was not then seen. He did not discern
that his beautiful text relates to the blessing of the non-elect during
Messiah's Reign; that the Church will not become the Bride until the
marriage, at our Lord's Second Coming. Soon after, the Spirit and the
Bride will bid all mankind partake of life everlasting.
Now we see the connecting link between Election and Free
Grace. God's Election of a saintly Kingdom class is the work of this Age.
The Elect in glory will in the next Age extend God's Free Grace to
all.--Romans 8:28,29; Revelation 22:17.