Saved

To a Christian, Salvation means to be saved from sin and the consequences of sin.  This can mean being saved from a life style in which we do wrong things, or suffer because of the bad actions of others. It can also mean suffering under the shadow of things we have done in the past that we now regret.

ALL?

For the Martyrs, perhaps it would be the word "All" that would stand out. 

It is pretty clear that Frampton and the other local landlords did not see themselves governed by the same rules as the farm workers they employed!

 

 

a traditional summary of Methodist teaching
  • All need to be saved
  • All can be saved
  • All can know they are saved
  • All can be saved to the uttermost

These four statements are very helpful for understanding the how Methodists have understood their Christian faith, and while we can not be certain that martyrs were familiar with them, they can help us link their biblical teaching with the public stance they took.

Methodists have always been clear that no-one is beyond the reach of God's love. Salvation is there for everyone who turns to God, and not just for a chosen few.

Why do we need salvation?

  • As human beings we find ourselves part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change.
  • We may feel driven by urges such as anger, lust or greed, that we wish did not control us.
  • We may have personalities which are difficult to manage, for instance being prone to despair.
  • We may be enduring poverty and hardship.
  • The demands of modern life leave many of us stressed and overloaded, or isolated and feeling useless.
  • Loss, fear, grief or guilt may be weighing us down. We need salvation.

What do Christians believe?

Jesus preached the Gospel - the good news of the Kingdom of God. Through Jesus' death on the cross, and his resurrection, Christians believe that God has broken the power of all that is evil, in the world and in ourselves. If we accept forgiveness and liberation, and are willing to be open to the Holy Spirit, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full. 

Perhaps the word "saved" has lost some its meaning in the 21st Century, and could be helpfully substituted with the world "love".

  • All need to be loved
  • All can be loved
  • All can know they are loved
  • All can be loved to the uttermost
 

The Four Alls have often been used to summarize and explain the basic teaching of the Methodist Church, and may be helpful in understanding the beliefs of the Martyrs. However it is not clear when the saying came in to use, ad may only date from the early 20th Century.

The "Four Alls" may be based on a much older traditional saying that survives as the name of several pubs.Graphic of a Four Alls pub sign

 

The King Rules all,

The Priest prays for all

The Knight fights for all

The Peasant pays for all

 

Thanks to the Four Alls Inn and Motel, Market Drayton, for the use of the above image.