The Greatest Wound

The greatest wound true Christianity ever received was struck in the fourth century by Constantine the Great, when he called himself a Christian, and poured a flood of riches, honours, and power upon the Christians; more especially upon the Clergy….Thus, when the fear of persecution was removed, and wealth and honour attended the Christian profession, the Christians did not gradually sink, but rushed headlong into all manner of vices….Then, not the golden but the iron age of the Church commenced.
 
John Wesley
adapted from “The Mystery of Iniquity”