Wesley’s pietist exclamation

John Wesley’s pietist, evangelistic zeal had a major impact on the Christian world.  On at least one occasion, though, another portion of that world made an impact on him.

He had sailed to Georgia, along with his brother Charles (the hymn writer), on a missionary trip to the natives.  It seems that, on this voyage, Wesley had the pleasure of companionship with some pietist Moravians whom he learned to respect.  Their influence doubtless led to what he said upon return, as well as leading him to seek out more Moravian influence once ashore.  At any rate, his exclamation gives us something to think about:

“I went to America to convert the Indians; but oh! who shall convert me?!”

– quoted in E.H. Broadbent, The Pilgrim Church, p. 289


2 thoughts on “Wesley’s pietist exclamation

  1. Gerald Casey 08/16/2011 / 5:56 pm

    Amen and amem. Need I say more?


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