Wesley Discusses Old Sermons
Tuesday, September 1.--I went to Tiverton. I was musing here on what I heard a good man say long since--"Once in seven years
I burn all my sermons; for it is a shame if I cannot write better sermons now than I could seven years ago." Whatever others
can do, I really cannot. I cannot write a better sermon on the Good Steward than I did seven years ago; I cannot write a better
on the Great Assize than I did twenty years ago; I cannot write a better on the Use of Money, than
I did nearly thirty years ago; nay, I know not that I can write a better on the Circumcision of the Heart than I did five-and-forty
years ago. Perhaps, indeed, I may have read five or six hundred books more than I had then, and may know a little more history,
or natural philosophy, than I did; but I am not sensible that this has made any essential addition to my knowledge in divinity.
Forty years ago I knew and preached every Christian doctrine which I preach now.