Denomination Differences

Methodist vs. Quaker Beliefs

MethodistQuaker
a.k.a.
  • Wesleyan
  • Nazarene
Friend
Number of Members80,000,000[1][2]400,000
How does one get saved?Sola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you.Varies widely
Who gets saved?Anyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.No established doctrine
Can one lose his salvation?Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.Yes, a Christian can lose his salvation by apostasy.
Who gets baptized and why?Saved people and their infant children get baptized by as the first sacrament of Christian initiation, cleansing them of all sins.Baptism not practiced.
How should baptism be done?Baptism should be by sprinkling water on the head.Baptism not practiced.
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?The Holy Spirit is received at the moment of salvation.There is "that of God in everyone".
What is the trinity?The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.The Trinity is God existing as one god in three equal, eternal, cosubstantial persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit.
What is the human nature?Total depravity: Human nature is corrupt, naturally inclined to evil, and incapable of choosing God on his own.There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.
Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?No, we are not guilty of Adam's sin, but we did inherit the consequences and a corrupt human nature from him, causing us all to sin.No established doctrine
Are Christians required to keep the Old Testament ceremonial laws?No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.No, the ceremonial laws of Judaism were fulfilled and done away with by Jesus.
Can Christians become sinless in this earthly life?Yes, Christians can become evangelically perfect through sanctification.Christian perfection is possible and a major goal of Quakers.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?No, the elements do not become the body and blood of Christ, but Christ is present in an unknown way.Communion not practiced.
Can one be baptized of behalf of someone who has died?No, the dead cannot be baptized.No, the dead cannot be baptized.
What happens if a saved person dies without being perfect?Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.[3]Perfection must take place during life, not after death.[4]
Did Mary ever sin?Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.Yes, Mary sinned like all other humans except Jesus.
What spiritual gifts are available today?Continuationism: All spiritual gifts are still available to believers.
What framework has God used in dealing with man?Covenant theology: God acts either within the covenant of works or the covenant of grace.
What are the requirements for clergy?Varies widely
How many church ordinances/​sacraments are there?The church has two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.[5]The church does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.[6]
To whom do Christians need to confess their sins?Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins. A general confession of sinfulness is usually done as a group during a service.Confession should be made directly to God, but confession to another believer is beneficial for some sins.
How should a church be structured?Connectionalism: Churches are governed by conferences of representatives. How respresentatives and pastors are chosen varies widely.Congregationalist: Every church congregation should be independent and governed by its members.
What day of the week should Christians worship?Christians worship on Sunday.Christians worship on Sunday.
How does God's revelation come to us today?Prima scriptura: There are many sources of God's revelation, although none can contradict the Bible.Varies widely[7]
How many books are in the Bible?There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.There are 66 canonical books of the Bible: 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament books.[8]
Is the Bible inerrant?No, the Bible is not inerrant in any respect.[9]Varies widely[10]
What is marriage?Varies widely[11][12][13][14]Varies widely
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widely[11][12][13][14]Varies widely
When is divorce permissible?Varies widely[15][16]
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?Varies widely[15][16]
When does a fetus become human?No established doctrine[17][18]Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.[19]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.Yes, contraceptives are permissible.
Should women cover their heads?No, head coverings are no longer required due to cultural changes.[20]
Should Christians drink alcohol?Most believe that yes, drinking alcohol is fine as long as one does not get drunk.[21][22]No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[23][24]
Should Christians fight in wars?Most believe that no, Christians should never fight.[25][26]No, Christians should never fight.[27][28]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.[29]
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?No established doctrine[30]No established doctrine