Murray presents a thrilling biography of John Wesley, chronicling Wesley's life and thought as well as detailing the story of those who carried on his legacy. Although Wesley never found a dynamic leader to guide the movement after his death, Murray traces the later Methodist history, following such leaders as William Bramwell, Gideon Ouseley, and Thomas Collins. The study concludes with studies into Wesley's understanding of justification and Christian perfection, and Methodism's understanding of the Holy Spirit and Scripture. A fascinating study combining both history and biography.
John Wesley - Oxford don and itinerant preacher, intellectual and evangelist, author and man of action, upholder of the Church of England yet founder of another world-wide denomination, disagreeing with George Whitefield, yet preaching his funeral sermon - truly a many-sided man. It is no wonder that he has had many biographers. Most books on Wesley have concentrated on his leading role in the Evangelical Revival. Wesley and Men Who Followed is more concerned with the spiritual explanation of a movement which, far from dwindling at his death, increased in momentum, breadth and transforming power. Drawing from original and often little-known Methodist sources, Iain Murray's thrilling study leads to conclusions that are of great relevance for the contemporary church. 'Was John Wesley deceived? Have our hymn-writers been deceived in their immortal songs? Was Saul of Tarsus deceived? Have we all been deceived?' So wrote one unhappy modern Methodist. The evidence Iain Murray provides demonstrates that this was not the case. The result is that Wesley and Men Who Followed points to the key to the recovery of authentic Christianity today.