Denomination Differences

Quaker vs. Methodist Beliefs

QuakerMethodist
a.k.a.Friend
  • Wesleyan
  • Nazarene
Number of Members400,00080,000,000[1][2]
How does one get saved?Varies widelySola fide: Repent of your sins and believe in Jesus Christ's death and resurrection alone to save you.
Who gets saved?No established doctrineAnyone who chooses by his own free will to believe and accept God's gift of grace will be saved.
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?Baptism not practiced.Saved people and their infant children get baptized by as the first sacrament of Christian initiation, cleansing them of all sins.
How should baptism be done?Baptism not practiced.Baptism should be by sprinkling water on the head.
When does one receive the Holy Spirit?There is "that of God in everyone".The Holy Spirit is received at the moment of salvation.
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?There is "that of God in everyone", making humans inherently good.Total depravity: Human nature is corrupt, naturally inclined to evil, and incapable of choosing God on his own.
Are we guilty of Adam's original sin?No established doctrineNo, 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.
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?Christian perfection is possible and a major goal of Quakers.Yes, Christians can become evangelically perfect through sanctification.
Do the elements of communion become the body and blood of Christ?Communion not practiced.No, the elements do not become the body and blood of Christ, but Christ is present in an unknown way.
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?Perfection must take place during life, not after death.[3]Once Christians leave their sinful bodies, nothing else is needed to receive glorified, sinless bodies.[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 does not have any ordinances more sacred than any other practice.[5]The church has two sacraments: Baptism and Holy Communion.[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.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.
How should a church be structured?Congregationalist: Every church congregation should be independent and governed by its members.Connectionalism: Churches are governed by conferences of representatives. How respresentatives and pastors are chosen varies widely.
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?Varies widely[7]Prima scriptura: There are many sources of God's revelation, although none can contradict the Bible.
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.
Is the Bible inerrant?Varies widely[8]No, the Bible is not inerrant in any respect.[9]
What is marriage?Varies widelyVaries widely[10][11][12][13]
Is sex permissible outside marriage?Varies widelyVaries widely[10][11][12][13]
When is divorce permissible?Varies widely[14][15]
May a Christian remarry while his former spouse is still alive?Varies widely[14][15]
When does a fetus become human?Most believe humanity begins sometime between conception and birth.[16]No established doctrine[17][18]
Is contraception permissible?Yes, contraceptives are permissible.Yes, contraceptives are permissible.
Are blood transfusions permissible?Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.Yes, blood transfusions are permissible.
Should women cover their heads?No, head coverings are no longer required due to cultural changes.[19]
Should Christians drink alcohol?No, alcohol should be totally avoided.[20][21]Most believe that yes, drinking alcohol is fine as long as one does not get drunk.[22][23]
Should Christians fight in wars?No, Christians should never fight.[24][25]Most believe that no, Christians should never fight.[26][27]
Whom does the Holy Spirit come from?The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son.[28]
Where does a Christian's soul go after death?No established doctrineNo established doctrine[29]