Wesley, John - Sermon 98 - On women
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The Sermons of John Wesley - Sermon 98 – On women
"But may not women, as well as men, bear a part in this honourable service"?
Undoubtedly they may; nay, they ought; it is meet, right, and their bounden duty. Herein there is no difference; "there is neither male nor female in Christ Jesus."
Indeed it has long passed for a maxim with many, that "women are only to be seen, not heard." And accordingly many of them are brought up in such a manner as if they were only designed for agreeable playthings!
But is this doing honour to the sex or is it a real kindness to them?
No; it is the deepest unkindness; it is horrid cruelty; it is mere Turkish barbarity.
And I know not how any woman of sense and spirit can submit to it.
Let all you that have it in your power assert the right which the God of nature has given you. Yield not to that vile bondage any longer.
You, as well as men, are rational creatures.
You, like them, were made in the image of God; you are equally candidates for immortality; you too are called of God, as you have time, to "do good unto all men."
Be "not disobedient to the heavenly calling."
Whenever you have opportunity, do all the good you can, particularly to your poor, sick neighbour.
And every one of you likewise "shall receive your own reward, according to your own labour."