July 21, 2017
What is the Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) all about? In a time of theological conflict and uncertain future, the WCA issues a clarion call to Christ-centered, biblically based ministry.
Noted 19th century British preacher Charles Spurgeon could have been speaking about our time when he wrote: “Unity without truth seems hazardous. Our Lord’s prayer [for unity] in John 17 must be read in its full context. Look at verse 17: ‘Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth’ (KJV). Only those sanctified through the Word can be one in Christ. To teach otherwise is to betray the gospel” (quoted in “Quotable,” The Berean Call (July 1992): 4).
The WCA believes that our unity as Christians will be found as we focus on Jesus Christ as Lord and seek to understand and live out the teachings of God’s Word. The more like Christ we become, the more united we will be. The more we are shaped and guided by the Word of God, the more united we will be.
Throughout church history, there have been challenges to what John Wesley called “the scriptural way of salvation.” The tendency is to ignore biblical teaching that is out of favor with the society in which we live. Today, many subscribe to the belief that personal experience is self-authenticating and takes precedence over the writings of those who lived thousands of years ago in a culture very foreign to ours. The Bible is written off as the product of human authors alone, so that one may pick and choose for oneself what to believe, based on what makes sense to each person. This is, of course, a recipe for a highly individualistic, self-directed set of beliefs and morals. And given what we know about the deceitfulness of the human heart (Jeremiah 17:9) and our capacity to rationalize our desires and behaviors, such an approach is dangerous to our eternal souls. Such an approach is also disheartening, in that it leaves each person on their own to figure life out, with no trustworthy resources to support them on the journey.
How different is the clear proclamation of Peter on the day of Pentecost: “Repent and be baptized … in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). Or the confident assertion by Paul: “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead … For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive” (I Corinthians 15:20, 22).
Paul reminds us that “all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Timothy 3:16-17, emphasis added). Even biblical teachings that no longer directly apply to us are useful for teaching us God’s ways and God’s principles of life. That is why Paul’s admonition to “correctly handle the word of truth” (II Timothy 2:15) is so important. We need to be careful that our interpretations and applications of Scripture do not lead to unfaithfulness, as the false prophets and priests of the Old Testament often did.
The Lordship of Jesus Christ is taught and expressed through the written word of the Bible. An essential part of “making disciples” is “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:20). Without the written word of Scripture, we would not know the living Word, Jesus Christ. That is why our Articles of Religion declare our belief that “The Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man that it should be believed as an article of faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation” (Article V, cf. Confession of Faith, Article IV).
The Scriptures point unfailingly to Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world, and to a Christ-like way of life through the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Life lived under the Lordship of Christ in obedience to the teachings of Scripture yields a life bearing love, joy, peace, and all the fruit of the Spirit, with the assurance of an eternal relationship with God.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is committed to a faith and life that is lived in union with Christ and is faithful to Scripture. Only this kind of faith and life can be used by God to transform the world and make an impact for eternity.
We invite you join us in this mission. If you or someone you know have not yet joined, and want to become a member of the WCA, complete the membership application accessible HERE.