John Wesley's dreadful fear that Methodist's would ever become a dead sect was realized in a Circuit Quarterly Meeting last night.
"I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out."
I am not going to go into any details as this will not help anybody but I just express my feelings - broken, disappointed, angry, powerless.
But, there is always a but in the Christian faith, the risen Lord lives in the hearts of his people and will rise up and have the last word. As the Psalmist wrote: " My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning." (130:6)