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At age 83 on August 4, 1786, John Wesley wrote his pamphlet entitled “Thoughts on Methodism.” This contains one of my favorite quotations from Wesley but one that continues to haunt me as I reflect on the sad state of our United Methodist denomination in America and the spiritual condition of our local Church at Trinity.

Prayerfully and obediently consider this prophecy of John Wesley that the Holy Spirit inspired him to pen a little more than 221 years ago: “I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid least they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedy will be the case unless they hold fast both to the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.”