If any act of ecclesiastical separation renders a church invalid, the United Methodist Church is in a world of trouble.
As a former Methodist, baptized by my maternal grandfather who was a Methodist minister, I found this a most interesting essay!
Among other things, I did not know about this:
“In 1784, at the same time John Wesley was performing his irregular ordinations, [newly consecrated Episcopal bishop Samuel] Seabury met with Charles Wesley in London and the two developed a plan by which Seabury would ordain Methodist preachers when he returned to America. John’s actions put an end to that.”
Again, as I say… interesting!
I also didn’t realize quite how much on the outs John’s actions put him with Charles. The latter’s verses on the subject are rather stinging!
I don’t agree with everything in this essay, but it’s definitely worth a read, in my opinion.
Follow the link to read the whole thing (Charles’ verses included).
P.S. There was a time when I would have been thrilled and excited by the prospect of a reunion between the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church! But sadly, that time is past. The Episcopal Church is off the rails, and the majority of the UMC seems determined to follow them into the ditch. It’s more than a shame. I wonder what my Methodist minister grandfather would have thought of what’s going on, these days? I can’t imagine he would have been particularly happy.