Concerning the Methodist Church on Doctrine and beliefs with its many branches of churches and their beliefs I’ll just cover some of the more important ones using there own METHODIST DISCIPLINE or a couple from the Wesleyan Church. Note, The Methodist church regulates the running of the church and its members by a book of rules called, The Book of Discipline.
The Methodist Church follows general Wesleyan theology on doctrine, so with their strong reliance on John Wesleys general Wesleyan analysis of his faith. They’ll be a mix of the too.
In the METHODIST DISCIPLINE on Page 27 it reads, “We are justified by faith only”. New Testament, “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only”.
James 2:24 (KJV): Baptism is not necessary to salvation. “The forgiveness of sins and the new life must come before the administration of baptism . . . The Methodist Church regards water baptism as a church ordinance, and not essential to salvation.” (M. D. B. by Carter, Pages 9, 15).
Some scriptures on baptism, New Testament
- He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved . . .” Mark 16:16.
- Baptism puts you in Christ, Galatians 3:27.
- “be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins”, Acts 2:38
- “arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins”, Acts 22:16
- “baptism doth also now save us”, 1 Peter 3:21.
The METHODIST DISCIPLINE says on Page 470, “Let every adult person, and the parents of every child to be baptized, have the choice of sprinkling, pouring, or immersion.” The baptism of the New Testament is a function of being emerged in water, a complete covering of the water, Matthew 3:13, 16 (KJV)
- 13 Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
- 16 “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water”
When Philip baptized the Ethiopian, he took him “down into the water,” then baptized (immersed) him, and then “they came up out of the water”—which indicated an immersion in water, Acts 8:38-39 (KJV).
- 38 And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him.
- 39 And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
Children are used as examples of purity and innocence, Matthew 18:3, 19:14. The scriptures teach that one must be able to understand the steps necessary for baptism of which an infant has no sin to repent from and no understanding of which the gospel teaches, they hasn’t developed that far yet.
Wesleyan Church on The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We believe that water baptism and the lord’s Supper are the sacraments of the church commanded by Christ and ordained as a means of grace when received through faith. They are tokens of our profession of Christian faith and signs of God’s gracious ministry toward us.
We believe that the Lord’s Supper is a sacrament of our redemption by Christ’s death and of our hope in His victorious return, as well as a sign of the love that Christians have for each other.
Baptism is NOT a Sacrament or ritual. Baptism puts you into the Church of Christ where salvation is found. The Lord’s Supper is NOT a Sacrament or ritual, Christ said “this do in remembrance of me”. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (KJV).
- 23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
- 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
- 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
- 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.
Other Related scriptures
Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-25, Luke 22:17-20
On Capital Punishment, The United Methodist Church
The United Methodist Church, along with other Methodist churches, condemns capital punishment, saying that it cannot accept retribution or social vengeance as a reason for taking human life. The Church also holds that the death penalty falls unfairly and unequally upon marginalized persons including the poor, the uneducated, ethnic and religious minorities, and persons with mental and emotional illnesses.
Discerning What the New Testament Says on Capital Punishment
Let us say first, Capital Punishment is a means of controlling a population where certain of them will kill another one without considering at the time it is wrong. Those in the governing authorities, Romans 13:1 (NASB).
- 1 “Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God”
Next note the word sword in verse 4 in, Romans 13:4 (NASB).
- 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.
The sword was used in olden times to fight with and conquer. It is an instrument of death. Note in verse four: does not bear the sword for nothing NASB. In other words, an instrument of death is for a purpose. But in the preceding and this verse Capital Punishment is an option. “For it does not bear the sword for nothing” is for a reason which is at the end of the verse: for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil.
Women in Leadership The Wesleyan General Conference
The Wesleyan 1966 General Conference stated:
“In spite of some forces which seek to undo our long-standing position on the ordination of women, we refuse to budge on this issue – we will not tolerate the blocking of a person’s ordination due to their gender, for we believe that both men and women are called to the ministry and thus should be ordained. Furthermore, we condemn any practice of exclusive male-only leadership on boards and committees in the church, excluding women from these positions by either public policy or unofficial behind-the-scenes agreed-upon policy, for we believe that when it comes to God’s gifts, graces and callings, there is neither male nor female.”
This is a total disregard of the scriptures. Note what Paul says in the following scripture that can be applied to women as being ordained or participates in a church service or bible study class if men are in the audience, 1 Timothy 2:12 (KJV).
- 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.
Women though have an important task: Teachings to others when the opportunity arises and bible study class for the young.