Summary Explanations of the
Methodist Articles of Religion

  1. There is one true God who has power, wisdom and goodness. He made and preserves all things. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one God, the Trinity.

  2. Jesus, the divine Son of God was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, dead and buried for the sins of men. Jesus is fully God and fully man.

  3. Jesus Christ rose from the dead and ascended into heaven. He will return at the last day to judge all men.

  4. The Holy Spirit came from the Father and the Son and is one with them in the Trinity.

  5. The Holy Scriptures (or the Bible) contain all truth necessary for salvation.

  6. The ancient rites and ceremonies of the Old Testament do not bind Christians. But its moral teachings should be obeyed.

  7. Original sin is the evil in man's nature which he inheritis.

  8. The free will of man must have divine help in order that he may do good and please God.

  9. We are justified, or pardoned, not by good works, but by faith in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

  10. Good works are the fruits of our faith and are pleasing to God.

  11. It is not possible to do more good works than God requires.

  12. If one sins after justification, or pardon, he may repent and be forgiven.

  13. The Church of Christ is a congregation of faithful men/women in which the gospel is preached and the Sacraments are administered.

  14. Purgatory is not taught in the Bible; neither is praying to saints or worshipping images or relics.

  15. Public worship should not be conducted in a language which people do not understand. (Catholic Masses were conducted mainly in Latin until around 1965.)

  16. Sacraments are badges of Christian profession and signs of God's grace. Christ ordained only two Sacraments: Baptism and the Supper of the Lord.

  17. Baptism is a sign of Christian profession. The Baptism of young children should be retained in the Church.

  18. The Sacrament of The Lord's Supper is a sign of brotherly love and also a memorial of Christ's death. It should be observed in a spiritual manner, but should not be made an object of worship.

  19. In the Lord's Supper, lay members should receive both bread and wine.

  20. The Catholic doctrine that Christ is and must be re-sacrificed at each Mass to pay for the sins of the living and those in purgatory is false and dangerous.

  21. Ministers may marry at their own discretion.

  22. It is not necessary to have the same rites and ceremonies in all places. These may be changed to meet the needs of different countries and times.

  23. This article states the authority and independence of our national government.

  24. Christians may possess private property, but they should give liberally to the poor.

  25. A Christian may swear, when a magistrate requires it, without violating the teachings of the Bible.