John Wesley's Mom on Sin

In reading Joshua Harris' book, Not Even a Hint, this morning, I came across this astute quote. It was John Wesley's mom responding to her son's request for a clear description of sin.

Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off the 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.

And yes, you should read this book. It has been amazing.

  1. Hmmm… guess that’s one (very eloquent) way of looking at it. I used to believe in “What would mom think of my actions?” in certain ‘situations’ I was in for a major portion of my life :)
    Nik is the author. Feb 16, 05:26 is the time. <
  2. Hey Nik, you have a nice little site there.

    I think Mrs. Wesley makes the valid point that although a given action/thought/attitude may not be inherently sinful, that to some, it very well still may be sinful. People often try to pin their Christian faith down to the Do’s and Do-Not’s (often resulting in problems like legalism), when although those things may matter, God is interested in the heart and mind, the motivation, behind the actions.
    Nathan Logan is the author. Feb 16, 13:48 is the time. <
  3. Totally agree :) If you’ve never done so, I would recommend Rumi to you. Even though he was a great Sufi poet-saint, what I love about his work is the humanity and the universality he embraces when it comes to the love of God; love in seeing Him in every other creature, in every action, in every bout of joy and suffering and, importantly and ultimately, in our conscience. How can we err when we realize this divinity?
    Nik is the author. Feb 16, 18:49 is the time. <