posted on Nov, 21 2009 @ 10:48 AM
There are two types of Methodist incorporated churches. One is Methodist, One is United Methodist. While not getting into the differences in those
which I really don't know much about... The big difference between methodist and baptist is that Methodist is based on John Wesley's writings, while
Baptist is another based on Martin Luther's (I think) writings.
I don't think the United Methodist type of church talks about sin very much. You are probably right on the mark. But I'm sure if you went for a
long time the preacher would eventually talk about sin some. It really depends on the preacher.
And now that I try to think on the actually differences in the two, I just go around in circles but I know what it's supposed to be. Baptist is more
based on the faith that God will forgive you, Methodist more based on the idea that faith is more of an action.
Baptist = salvation by grace
Methodist = salvation by faith
That's why it goes in circles, because the Baptist relies on faith as well. And the Methodist relies on grace.
This illustration might help us: when Jesus walked on water, and John went out on the water with him... John could stay on top of the water as long as
he had faith. But when the waves started getting bigger he got scared and sank. This story is a big part of what inspired John Wesley's writings
But I would think it really depends on the preacher. A preacher that is comfortable talking about sin will talk about it, but some do not like to.
I'm no expert but that's probably a better quick comparison than you would get from the average church-goer.