This morning I wrote on Facebook:
As I think through my list of Christians I admire, both in the present and over the last 2,000 years—both the ones close to me and the ones I only hear about or hear from—one thing really stands out to me. God can’t possibly care about how we interpret the Bible, just whether or not we do what it says.
I suppose it would only take George Whitfield and John Wesley to prove that premise.
I returned to my newsfeed after posting those words and found Facebook reminding me that exactly six years ago, I quoted John Wesley as saying:
Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on earth.*
It seems impossible that this was coincidence. Perhaps when the Psalmist wrote, “A good understanding have all those who do,” he did not mean “Those who obey will gain a good understanding,” but “Those who obey prove by what they do that they already understand well.”
*I got the quote from RevivalList.com’s daily email, which did not give a source. I tried to find out where it is from using internet search, but it is quoted without a source so often I could not find the source.