The Wesley Bros: John doesn’t get it

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Have you ever had a pastor or a professor straight out of school, who only knows how to communicate to other academic people?  Supremely annoying.

BTW.  Pretty sure I made up the term ‘therapeutic soteriology,’ but it’s pretty spot on.  John Wesley saw Christ’s work on the cross as offering a “therapy for the soul,” where sin is a sickness of our souls, and Jesus’s salvation is the healing that brings wholeness back to our souls.

Charlie Baber

Rev. Charlie Baber is author and illustrator of the weekly web comic: Wesley Bros. When he isn’t finding new ways to mash-up church history with modern culture, he has actual responsibilities as a Deacon serving at Highland UMC in Raleigh, NC. Check out Charlie’s site at www.wesleybros.com.

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Jon Xavier
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No, you didn’t create the term, therapeutic soteriology. It is normally used to describe the Eastern Orthodox understanding. And of course, Wesley’s perspective was gleaned from the Greek Fathers. Nothing unique about it. But then again, he wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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