A Page From John Wesley’s Diary (Late 1700s)

What does this anecdote (parable) say to you?


Sunday Morning, May 5. Preached in St. Ann’s. Was asked not to come back anymore.

Sunday p.m., May 5. Preached at St. John’s. Deacons said “Get out and stay out.”

Sunday a.m., May 12. Preached at St. Jude’s. Can’t go back there either.

Sunday p.m., May 12. Preached at St. George’s. Kicked out again.

Sunday a.m., May 19. Preached at St. somebody else’s. Deacons called special meeting and said I couldn’t return.

Sunday p.m., May 19. Preached on the street. Kicked off the street.

Sunday a.m., May 26. Preached in meadow, chased out of meadow as bull was turned loose during the service.

Sunday a.m., June 2. Preached out at the edge of town, kicked off the highway.

Sunday p.m., June 2, afternoon service. Preached in a pasture, 10,000 people came to hear me.

Sometimes the things we perceive as failures are actually the steps to breakthrough.


Whether the “story” above is true or not, doesn’t really matter.

Yes, John Wesley was considered radical in his day. But the point is, our job is not to please men but to be obedient to God.

How many times was Jesus mocked, ridiculed, or questioned mercilessly? Should we expect any less?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is —his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2 NIV




  1. Someone forwarded this quote of John Wesley to me and I was just checking Wesley’s Journal (abridged one) to see if I could find a cross reference. I could not find any… But the way in which he persisted in the midst of all opposition is indeed true and I need to learn from it.
    At the same time, I am uncomfortable when apocryphal stories are circulated.. Many take it as true and in turn gets disappointed when they see that it was not exactly true..
    God Bless you and all that you do..

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