June 20, 1780, “But here is still a loving people, though a little disturbed by the Calvinists, who seize on every halting soul as their own lawful prey.” p. 186 in edition I am using.
It would seem that in 1780 the inter-denominational wars were in full swing. This is nothing new. I offer this in light of what seems to be a renewed sense of self-righteousness that I am reading about among modern Calvinists.
Some Christians, and I use the term deliberately, feel that they are the only ones with the true word. They seek to convert everyone whether they are pagans or just have a different view of predestination. I salute their desire to convert the pagans. I question their zeal to go after Arminians. It seems like they are more concerned with Arminians than pagans. That is a serious issue.
Wesley was concerned about denominational cherry picking. This reference is not the only place he brings this up. In 1780 and before it was a serious issue. I urge followers of Jesus Christ to go after the targets that need to be targeted. A pagan has no chance of eternal life unless you share with him. Sure, the Holy Spirit might use a tract or a Gideon Bible, but you are the main instrument He uses. A misguided member of another church can at least be brought into conformity to your doctrine if the Holy Spirit chooses to lead him to the right scripture. Even Roman Catholics, gasp, have access to the gospel. Read some of their websites. They have a chance of being saved, the pagan is waiting for you.
Let’s all stop proselytizing. The fields are white unto harvest. Focus on the real issue.