John Wesley’s unfavorable take on Constantine

I have been reading Longing For Spring:  A New Vision for Wesleyan Community by Elaine Heath and Scott Kisker.  It is less than seventy pages but presents a powerful vision for the future of the church and the United Methodist church.

One of my favorite quotes in the book is John Wesley’s comment on Constantine, the Roman emperor who transformed Christianity from an outlaw faith to the religion of Empire.   I think it is particularly important as we think about John Wesley and his relationship to “social justice.”

I say he ‘called himself a Christian’ for I dare not affirm that he was one . . .For surely there never was a time wherein Satan gained so fatal an advantage over the church of Christ as when such a flood of riches, and honour, and power broke in upon it, particularly the clergy.

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