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|"No man, for
any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without
finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true" — Nathaniel Hawthorne in
The Scarlet Letter|
Here is one set of nearly two dozen questions similar to what John Wesley,
founder in the 1700s of the Methodist movement, gave to members of his discipleship groups more than 200 years ago.
The questions have their origin in the spiritual accountability group started by Wesley when he was a student at Oxford — a group that detractors called "The Holy Club." The first list appeared about 1729 or 1730 in the preface to Wesley's second Oxford Diary. Similar questions appeared in his 1733 A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week. As late as 1781, Wesley published a list of questions like this one in the Arminian Magazine.
"Encourage one another daily . . . so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." -- Hebrews 3:13
Check out John Wesley's mother's definition of sin.
In a blog, Martin Luff has collected several sets of accountability questions, including those used by the Salvation Army in their handbook of 50 years ago [ read Luff's blog
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