Distinguishing Wesleyan and Fundamentalist approaches to Scripture

Al Truesdale, a Nazarene theologian, has posted an interesting article on “Why Wesleyans Aren’t Fundamentalists” over at Holiness Today (ht Kevin Jackson).

Some excerpts:

God himself, not information about him, is the primary content of revelation. God manifests himself, his person, his “Name,” and his will in all the earth. He reveals his “glory” as Creator and Savior, the proper end of which is our worship of and obedience to him. God declares his Name particularly by creating a people who, in covenant with him, will bear redeemed witness to his holiness, his love, his Kingship, and his faithfulness. The Bible uniquely and definitively tells the story of God’s self-disclosure and of humankind’s response. But not everything in the Bible is essential to God’s self-disclosure.

For Wesleyans, knowing the truth is primarily a matter of knowing God, of being transformed and gifted by him, and of being placed in his kingdom service. Thinking of knowing the truth as principally a matter of assent to a body of divine knowledge or propositions strikes Wesleyans as once-removed from knowing him who is the “Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

It’s worth a read.  Although Wesleyans have never taken a fundamentalist approach to scripture, I find that on the popular level it has infiltrated many of our churches.