John Wesley once was much troubled in regard to the disposition of various sects & the chances of each in reference to future happiness or punishment.
A dream one night transported him in its uncertain wanderings to the gates of hell.
"Are there any Roman Catholics here?" asked thoughtful Wesley.
"Yes," was the reply.
"Yes," was again the answer.
"Any Methodists?" by way of a clincher, asked the pious Wesley.
"Yes," was the answer, to his great indignation.
In the mystic way of dreams, there was a sudden transition & he stood at the gates of heaven. Improving his opportunity, he again inquired:
"Are there any Roman Catholics here?"
"No," we replied.
"Any Congregationalists?" "Any Methodists?"
"No," was again the answer.
"Well, then," he asked, lost in wonder, "who are they inside?"
"Christians!" was the jubilant answer.
- Light and Liberty. (moreillustrations.com)
Gal 3:26-28 (WEB): “For you are all children of God, through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
“The Christian that is bound by his own horizon, the church that lives simply for itself, is bound to die a spiritual death and sink into stagnancy and corruption. We never can thank God enough for giving us not only a whole Gospel to believe, but a whole world to give it to.” - A.B. Simpson.