Spiritually Blinkered

John Wesley once wrote: "The thing that scared me most and which I most wished to prevent, at any cost, was group-orientated belief; an inner stiffness, in other words, to be spiritually closed up. This awful credulousness! It causes many to think that God is only working among us. I thought of a means to overcome this, which is to tell those who will listen about the works of God around the world. Works that He not only per­formed in this country, but also in other countries; not only among us, but among other people of different opinions and denominations. I set aside one evening a month for this purpose, and see no reason why I should regret my work. Usually these hours bring much comfort to those who love all mankind for His sake. It is also a time in which the walls of separation are torn down which had previously been built by either Satan's slyness or people's stupidity. Moreover, it is a time in which every child of God is encouraged to say the following:

"For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother" (MATTHEW 12:50).

Let us always remember the words of our Lord which He spoke when the disciples would not allow someone to do good, because he did not join them:

"Forbid him not:... For he that is not against us is on our part" (MARK 9:38-40).

Translated from the German: “Geistliche Scheuklappen”