Taken from the Works of John Wesley, Abingdon Press, Richard P. Heitzenrater, Ed. (Words in bold italics are Wesley’s words.)

“Another fault common in almost all our schools is, the Masters not only take no care to train up their scholars in true religion, but they themselves teach them what is utterly destructive of all religion whatever: They put authors into their hands, that, with all the beauty of language, all the sweetness of expression, instil into their tender minds both obscenity and profaneness;—Virgil’s Alexis, the lewd Epigrams of Martial, and the shameless Satires of Juvenal, (even the sixth,) so earnestly recommending sodomy as well as adultery!” – Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 13, Sermons on Several Occasions, Supplementary Letters, A Plain Account of Kingsbury School.

“I heard a good sermon in the church at Carmarthen, (being the Assize sermon,) on, “There is no power but of God.” In the evening I preached in the market-place, to, I think, the largest congregation I ever saw in Wales. Thursday, 26. On the road I read over Voltaire’s Memoirs of himself. Certainly never was a more consummate coxcomb! But even his character is less horrid than that of his royal hero! Surely so unnatural a brute never disgraced a throne before! Cedite, Romani Catamiti! Cedite, Graii! [Cedite, etc. are Latin names for homosexuals] A monster that made it a fixed rule to let no woman and no Priest enter his palace; that not only gloried in the constant practice of Sodomy himself, but made it free for all his subjects”! Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 4, XX, Aug. 22

How many villains have been exalted to the highest places of trust, power, dignity, and profit! By what methods have great numbers, in all countries, procured titles of honour and vast estates! Perjury, oppression, subornation, fraud, panderism, were some of the most excusable; for many owed their greatness to sodomy or incest; others, to the prostituting of their own wives or daughters; others, to the betraying of their country, or their Prince; more, to the perverting of justice to destroy the innocent.” Well might that keen author add, ‘If a creature pretending to reason can be guilty of such enormities, certainly the corruption of that faculty is far worse than brutality itself.’” Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 9, Letters and Essays, Doctrine of Original Sin, Part I.

These monsters might almost make us overlook the works of the devil that are wrought in our own country. But, alas! We cannot open our eyes even here without seeing them on every side. Is it a small proof of his power that common swearers, drunkards, whoremongers, adulterers, thieves, robbers, sodomites, murderers, are still found in every part of our land? How triumphant does the prince of this world reign in all these children of disobedience!” – Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 2, Sermon 38, “A Caution Against Bigotry.”

“From sloth and fulness of bread, lewdness naturally followed. It was even while Moses was with them, that “the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.” Yea, of the daughters of Zion Isaiah complains: “They walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes.” (iii. 16.) And of his people in general God complains by Jeremiah: “When I had fed them to the full, they assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses. They were as fed horses in the morning: Every one neighed after his neighbour’s wife.” (v. 7, 8.) “They be all adulterers, an assembly of treacherous men.” (ix. 2.) “The land is full of adulterers.” (xxiii. 10.) Yea, and some of them were given up to unnatural lusts: Thus we read: “The men of Gibeah beset the house,” wherein the stranger was, “and beat at the door, and spake to the master of the house, saying, Bring forth the man that came into thine house, that we may know him.” (Judges xix. 22.) “And there were also,” long after, “Sodomites in the land,” in the days of Rehoboam, and of the following kings: “The very show of whose countenance witnessed against them, and they declared their sin as Sodom, they hid it not.” (Isaiah iii. 9.)” Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 8, Addresses, Essays, Letters, “A Farther Appeal to Men of Reason and Religion.”

“Errors swarm in the world; all the unregenerate are utterly mistaken in the point of true happiness. All desire to be happy; but, touching the way to happiness, there are almost as many opinions as there are men. They are like the blind Sodomites about Lot’s house; all seeking to ‘find the door,’ but in vain. Look into thine own heart, (if thou art not born again,) and thou wilt see all turned upside down; heaven lying under, and earth at top; look into thy life, and see how thou art playing the madman, eagerly flying after that which is not, and slighting that which is, and will be for ever. Thus is man’s understanding naturally overwhelmed with gross ‘darkness’ in spiritual things.” – Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 9, Letters and Essays, The Doctrine of Original Sin According to Scripture, Reason and Experience, Part VII, The Doctrine of Original Sin.

“O ye simple ones, how long will ye love simplicity?” How long will ye “seek death in the error of your life?” “Know ye not,” whoever teacheth you otherwise, “that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?” “Be not deceived;” although there are many lie in wait to deceive, and that under the fair pretence of exalting Christ;—a pretence which the more easily steals upon you, because “to you he is precious.” But as the Lord liveth, “neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” Works of Wesley, Jackson Ed., Vol. 10, Letters, Essays, Dialogues, and Addresses, The Question: “What Is an Armenian,” A Blow at the Root, or Christ Stabbed in the House of His Friends.

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