Methodism, like most Christian denominations, has a rich past and fascinating history. Methodism is one of the world’s newer religions, as it only dates back to the 18th century, while other religions can trace their past across millennia. Methodism came about as a result of the teachings of John Wesley, who was a leader within the Protestant Church of England. It was only after John Wesley’s death that Methodism became a separate church.
John Wesley was educated in Oxford, and became an Anglican Cleric, who worked in American Colonies as a Missionary. This work was largely unsuccessful, and a few years later he became evangelical, and left the Anglican society to start his own ministry. He would travel regularly and preach outside, and often aim his sermons and prominent social problems such as prison conditions, or slavery. His religion became very popular with slaves in the USA, and many African Americans still practice this faith.
Despite being the result of just one man’s teaching, Methodism succeeded in spreading around the world, and there are now almost 80 million believers around the world. Much of this is credited to the vast amount of missionary work the church took part in, as their travels around countries that were then part of the British empire meant that John Wesley’s teaching were spread all around the globe, including the United States.
One of the great aspects of Methodism is the fact that it is extremely inclusive. While other teachings, such as Calvinism, suggest that only a select group of people will achieve salvation, Methodists believe that everyone can be saved. They believe that Jesus Christ died for all of our sins, and that anyone with faith can be saved by God. All that is required is faith and a righteous life. It is possible to achieve these ideals by taking part in activities that Methodism greatly supports, such as charity work, especially charity that helps sick or poor people.
Organized religion isn’t for everyone, but living to Methodist standards could make the world a better place.