A Plain Account of Christian Perfection

by John Wesley

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Last Updated September 5, 2023.

A Plain Account of Christian Perfection is the story of how John Wesley came to believe in and embrace the doctrine of Christian perfection. Most of the people mentioned are directly connected to his journey in faith and his understanding of Christian perfection.

John Wesley is both the author and the main presence in the work. At 23, he read a book that discussed the concept of the purity of intention; this idea is one of the things that led him to dedicate his life to God. He says he believed that every part of his life was either a sacrifice to God or else a sacrifice to himself—and, by extension, Satan.

Charles Wesley, his brother, was also a Methodist and part of the same group. He wrote hymns. They left for America together in 1735. Together they published "Hymns and Sacred Poems."

Arvid Gradin was a man Wesley met who defined "the full assurance of faith" for him. He said it was:

Repose in the blood of Christ; a firm confidence in God, and persuasion of his favour; the highest tranquillity, serenity, and peace of mind, with a deliverance from every fleshly desire, and a cessation of all, even inward sins.

Wesley said he'd been searching for that for a long time.

Dr. Gibson, who was the Bishop of London, met with Wesley at Whitehall and told him to publish his beliefs about perfection if he truly believed them.

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