Introduction

Introduction

These epistles have a place of special interest in the Wesleyan tradition. Of the thirty texts upon which John Wesley is reputed to have based his teaching on Christian perfection, ten come from 1 John. But, strangely enough, this epistle also seems to offer powerful support for the opposite view (e.g., 1:8; 1:10), and those who argue against the possibility of present cleansing from sin are quick to take advantage of it (see Conner, 22-23). This anomaly whets one's appetite to explore the theological message of these letters.