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Questions often arise in class about specific lifestyle issues ("standards" as they have sometimes been called).
College students struggle with deciding how to make decisions that will enhance rathern than weaken their commitment to a holy life. Questions come up such as "Where in the Bible does it say it's a sin to drink beer?"
I like the advice John Wesley's mother gave him on how Christians can decide what habits and lifestyle patterns they should avoid or eliminate. Susanna Wesley is often called "the mother of the Methodist movement." When her son John was 22 years old, she him wrote a letter in which she said:
"Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your relish of spiritual things; in short, whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself."
— Susanna Wesley (Letter, June 8, 1725)
John Wesley's working definition of what constitutes sin (although he did believe that all transgressions of divine will need God's forgiving grace) became "a willful transgression of a known law of God"
Check out the self-examination questions used in discipleshiop groups spawned by John Wesley's Methodist movement.
The official Nazarene doctrinal statement defining sin includes these words: "We
believe that actual or personal sin is a voluntary violation of a known law of God by a morally
responsible person. . . . We believe that personal sin is primarily and essentially a
violation of the law of love; and that in relation to Christ sin may be defined as
— excerpt from the Articles of Faith of the Church of the Nazarene
Susanna Wesley painted by an unknown artist (Epworth Rectory)
John Wesley composed a set of questions to help believers self-evaluate their heart condition. Here they are:
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