Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Quote of the Day - Susanna Wesley's definition of sin


John Wesley's mother, Susanna, was an extraordinary woman!  As a young man, Wesley (the founder of the Methodist Church), once asked his mother for a definition of sin.  She replied in a letter:
"Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason, impairs the tenderness of your conscience, obscures your sense of God, or takes off your 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." 
                           -- Susanna Wesley (Letter, June 8, 1725)

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