John Wesley was a Heretic and taught Baptismal Regeneration

The proof is found in his own writings:

On page 15 of The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A.M. by John Wesley

Wesley writes:

4 By baptism we who were by nature children of wrath are made the children of God And this regeneration which our Church in so many places ascribes to baptism is more than barely being admitted into the Church though commonly connected therewith being grafted into the body of Christ’s Church we are made the children of God by adoption and grace This is grounded on the plain words of our Lord Except a man be born again of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God John iii 5 By water then as a means the water of baptism we are regenerated or born again whence it is also called by the Apostle the washing of regeneration Our Church therefore ascribes no greater virtue to baptism than Christ himself has done Nor does she ascribe it to the outward washing but to the inward grace which added thereto makes it a sacrament Herein a principle of grace is infused which will not be wholly taken away unless we quench the of God continued wickedness The Works of the Reverend John Wesley, A.M. By John Wesley

Some have written that Wesley didn’t actually promote baptismal regeneration.  However Wesley made the following statement in his book The Works of the Reverend John Wesley:

…And the virtue of this free gift the merits of Christ’s life and death are applied to us in baptism. “He gave himself for the Church that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word;” Eph. v, 25, 26; namely in baptism the ordinary instrument of our justification. Agreeably to this our Church prays in the baptismal office that the person to be baptized may be washed and sanctified by the Holy Ghost and being delivered from God’s wrath receive remission of sins and enjoy the everlasting benediction of his heavenly washing…

Visit the following webpage for an excellent article debunking baptismal regeneration. CONTENDING WITH THE FALSE DOCTRINE OF

Here’s a brief excerpt from the aforementioned article:

D. PEOPLE in the N.T. saved without water baptism.
Both the thief on the cross and Cornelius’ household are examples of New Testament believers who were saved without the benefit of water baptism.
Luke 23:43 (Jesus speaking to the thief on the cross)
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Acts 10:47 (Spoken by Peter in reference to Cornelius’ household)
47 Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptized who HAVE RECEIVED the HOLY GHOST the same as we? (They already had the Holy Ghost, they were already saved, and then they were water baptized.)
There are many who teach that their church began at Pentecost, and that one must be baptized into their church in order to avoid going to hell. The following question needs to be asked of those false teachers, “Are Peter, James and John in hell today because they were not baptized into your church after the day of Pentecost?”


4 responses to “John Wesley was a Heretic and taught Baptismal Regeneration

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  2. Wesley actually did NOT teach baptismal regeneration. He is quite clear on this in the sermon titled “The New Birth” (you can find the text of this sermon at He says this: “First, it follows, that baptism is not the new birth: They are not one and the same thing. Many indeed seem to imagine that they are just the same; at least, they speak as if they thought so; but I do not know that this opinion is publicly avowed by any denomination of Christians whatever. ..From the preceding reflections we may, Secondly, observe, that as the new birth is not the same thing with baptism, so it does not always accompany baptism: They do not constantly go together. A man may possibly be “born of water,” and yet not be “born of the Spirit.” ” That is a direct JW quote. In the quote you cite above he is dealing directly with Paul’s treatment of baptism, found in scripture, and responding to someone’s particular question. I think you may possibly have misunderstood his context and his prose.

  3. In the same sermon, Wesley wrote the following:

    I do not now speak with regard to infants: It is certain our Church supposes that all who are baptized in their infancy are at the same time born again; and it is allowed that the whole Office for the Baptism of Infants proceeds upon this supposition.

    It is clear that Wesley taught baptismal regeneration.

  4. Wesley most certainly did not believe in water baptism as a means of regeneration. In his body of work he has dismissed this libel for anyone to read. Those who perpetuate such a lie are certainly out to destroy the good name of John Wesley and consequently all who have followed his leadership which includes millions upon millions.