“As blessed Athanasius sighed out in his day,” writes Ness, “the world is overrun with Arianism;’ so it is the sad sigh of our present times, the Christian world is overrun, yea, overwhelmed with the flood of Arminianism; which cometh, as it were, out of the mouth of the serpent, that he might cause the woman (the Church) to be carried away of the flood’ thereof (Rev. 12:15). And lest this overflowing deluge of Arminianism should bring destruction upon us, there is great need that some servants of Christ should run to stop the further spreading of this plague and leprosy.”- Christopher Ness

“The third and only other kind of lottery practised by Mr. Wesley, appears to have been the toss of a piece of money. This brings up the way in which it is charged upon him, that he decided to be an Arminian. Thus in a letter from the Rev. Augustus Toplady to Mr. Wesley, in 1792, we meet withy the following, viz. ‘Why should you, of all people in the world, be so angry with the doctrines of grace? Forget not the months and days that are past. Remember that it once depended on the toss of a shilling whether you yourself should be a Calvinist or an Arminian. Tails fell uppermost, and you resolved to be an Arminian” – Henry Brown



  1. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert · April 19, 2014

    Indeed often Wesley’s (especially) John’s eclecticism, was simply bad! But thankfully they both (brother’s) did read Luther, and even some Calvin! Note too John’s Puritan reading! In some sense the so-called “spheres” of the Christian life come from both the Church (good and bad) and the World! But today the Church has become simply postmodern, and we have lost the Judeo-Christian reality! But Calvinism, without the sense of Paul’s Judeo-Christian and Greco-Roman thought don’t create a proper balance either! My thoughts anyway.

    • jm · April 19, 2014

      Wesley’ was an odd fella.

      He claimed he was never a believer more than once.

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