Educational example of reconciliation in the historical case of John Wesley and George Whitefield, with their methodist societies in 18th century England
Educational example of reconciliation in the historical case of John Wesley and George Whitefield, with their methodist societies in 18th century England / Changwon Shu
p. 107-122 ; 28 cm
수록자료: Journal of Christian education & information technology. Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology. Vol.31(2017 April), p. 107-122 31<107 ISSN 1229-9871↔ 저자: Changwon Shu, Chongshin Theological Seminary
This paper deals with one historical case in the Church's history of the 18th century. It attempts, first of all, to search over the conflict and the process of reconciliation between John Wesley and George Whitefield in England. In the spiritual realms, many church leaders meet some crisis along with theological attacks and defenses regarding the Arminian basis and Calvinistic basis for Salvation of men in terms of predestination of God. For this particular situation, this paper will guide them to walk in a right way for the glory of God. Their efforts to be one in the Lord would be a big challenge to our modern Christian societies of the world. As this paper shows, theological unity in different groups is impossible, but towards a non-Christian society and nation, Christians should work together and show the love of God to opposite parties. The cause of every conflict is related often to more personal characters even in some theological divisions. The foundation of reconciliation however is not for human rights or humanistic love and good works, but by the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. It does provide certain encouragements to sustain the struggle we face daily for reconciliation, even if there are permanent scars.