Wesley on Human Freedom

“Indeed, if man were not free, he could not be accountable either for his thoughts, word, or actions. If he were not free, he would not be capable either of reward or punishment; he would be incapable either of virtue or vice, of being either morally good or bad. If he had no more freedom than the sun, the moon, or the stars, he would be no more accountable than them. On supposition that he had no more freedom than them, the stones of the earth would be as capable of reward, and as liable to punishment, as man: One would be as accountable as the other. Yea, and it would be as absurd to ascribe either virtue or vice to him as to ascribe it to the stock of a tree.”

– Excerpt from John Wesley’s sermon, On Predestination

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3 thoughts on “Wesley on Human Freedom

  1. Prayson Daniel August 30, 2012 / 7:55 am

    Thank you for a wonderful quote. Did John gave a definition of freedom?

  2. n3m3s1s August 31, 2012 / 7:58 am

    Not in that sermon, no.

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