Hi! This is John Boruff; you have reached WesleyGospel.com, my personal faith blog. After years of soul searching while earning my Philosophy and Religion degree at UNC Pembroke, and afterwards, I came to realize that God had been leading me by the Holy Spirit to rediscover the theology of John Wesley; and I noticed that I already had a lot in common with this founder of the Methodist Episcopal Church, without having done much more than studying and applying the Bible to my life. Although I never came to accept his doctrines of entire sanctification and infant baptism, what I found in his writings were a fully formed understanding of revival, soteriology, the Christian life, practical holiness, and Biblical Arminianism. What I also found interesting was that Wesley was a type of evangelical charismatic; and many stories of the miraculous gifts are mentioned in his journals.
Around 2010, I was initially inspired by Andrew Strom’s RevivalSchool.com. I originally started this blog just to express my faith in writing; but as time went on, and I became more of a Wesleyan, I changed the name and theme of the blog. Some people have a problem with focusing on theologians like Wesley, because they think its idolatry. They refer to the passage about not following Peter and Apollos, but only Christ (1 Cor. 1:12). I don’t idolize Wesley, nor do I choose him instead of Christ or Paul, as some were apparently doing in the early church. Wesley is part of the same body of Christ that Calvin and Spurgeon are. But in these times, I feel a need for there to be more of an Arminian presence on the internet, because of the popularity of Calvinist blogs like challies.com. There are a lot of great teachings on holiness to be found with Calvinists, especially the Puritans. But Arminians have always been marginalized in the evangelical community compared with the popularity of Calvinists; and so, I just think the Arminian message needs to continue to be out there: that man is fully responsible for his repentance, faith, and obedience to God; and that the Holy Spirit is always willing to come and help Christians as they walk with Jesus through this life and fight against sin.
In my free time, I use this site to write articles and post videos about things I feel like the Holy Spirit is laying on my heart. I would identify myself as a Baptistic Pentecostal. This is basically what people in the Assemblies of God believed just after 1916, when they developed the Statement of Fundamental Truths: Wesleyan-Arminian, not only because of imputed righteousness but also imparted righteousness, conditional security, the witness of the Spirit, and conformity to the moral law; Baptistic, because of progressive sanctification, the Puritan view of eternal punishment, and baptism by immersion; and Pentecostal, because I believe that speaking in tongues is the initial physical evidence of Spirit baptism and that the miraculous gifts are operating today. But I believe in post-tribulation rapture unlike most Pentecostals (2 Thess. 2:1-4; see article 13 of AG’s Statement), which seems to align me more with the Vineyard (see article 12 of their Statement). If Wesley had ever renounced the doctrines of entire sanctification and infant baptism, and had joined either the Assemblies of God or the Vineyard, then I guess that would be the kind of faith that I have. When it comes to the subject of churches, I choose to remain interdenominational, and do not have any binding institutional commitments. To me, church involvement should be based on faith and friendship, not personal preferences, duty, guilt-trips, or financial control. While I am a strong supporter of using the Bible to preach against what God considers sin and false doctrine, at the same time, I believe that all people ought to be treated with kindness; and that the body of Christ is an interdenominational society of people who hold to the basics of the Biblical Gospel. I agree with Wesley’s view in his sermon “The Catholic Spirit” (1750), when he wrote:
A man of a truly catholic spirit has not now his religion to seek. He is fixed as the sun in his judgment concerning the main branches of Christian doctrine…While he is steadily fixed in his religious principles in what he believes to be the truth as it is in Jesus; while he firmly adheres to that worship of God which he judges to be most acceptable in his sight; and while he is united by the tenderest and closest ties to one particular congregation–his heart is enlarged toward all mankind, those he knows and those he does not; he embraces with strong and cordial affection neighbors and strangers, friends and enemies. This is catholic or universal love. And he that has this is of a catholic spirit. For love alone gives the title to this character: catholic love is a catholic spirit (3.1, 4).
I love Gospel preaching. My biggest influences in this area are John Wesley, Charles Finney, Smith Wigglesworth, Leonard Ravenhill, and David Wilkerson. WesleyGospel.com is committed to evangelical Arminianism, lordship salvation, and conservative Pentecostalism, but it’s my personal belief that the majority of Pentecostals and charismatics seem to have strayed from Wesley’s teachings on personal holiness and evangelism: and I think that’s where theological and pastoral focus should be redirected. I’m always writing articles, posting videos, and publishing free e-books on this site for the edification, exhortation, and encouragement of the body of Christ. My e-books include…
- Portraits of Antichrists (2010)
- How to Experience God (2012)
- My Walk with Jesus (2014)
- The Bible and Financial Growth (2015)
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Kingsley Press, 2015)
- The Sins of the Movies (2016)
- Pastoral Abuse (2016)
- Nurture and Admonition (2017)
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