In my journey as a United Methodist, I have found the writings of Randy Maddox to be helpful entry points into Wesleyan Scholarship. In his essay “’John Wesley – A Man of One Book,’” Maddox identifies several of Wesley’s principles of biblical interpretation, one of which is: Read comparatively in light of God’s Central Purpose. According to Maddox, “Wesley was … concerned to read the entire canon with attention to those things that emerge repeatedly.”  As stated by Wesley himself:
Every truth which is revealed in the oracles of God is undoubtedly of great importance. Yet it may be allowed that some of those which are revealed therein are of greater importance than others as being more immediately conducive to the grand end of all, the eternal salvation of [humanity]. And we may judge of their importance even from this circumstance, that they are not mentioned only once in the sacred writings, but are repeated over and over. 
One of the most divisive issues before The United Methodist Church today is whether or not homosexuality is compatible with the Christian lifestyle. This debate evolves from the interpretation of 7 passages identified by verses on page 2 of this document. Out of curiosity and an educated hunch, I thought I’d follow Wesley’s own suggestion and look to what may be judged to be of more importance to God’s central purpose in the sacred writings by repetition: “over and over.”
John Wesley himself insisted on the use of original languages and the best study tools available. Using original language tools I have at my disposal I identified the 2 Hebrew and 3 Greek words that are typically in the NRSV translated as stranger/resident alien. The words occur in 173 verses listed beginning on page 3. I also identified the Greek and Hebrew words that translate as poor/needy/widow/orphan (8 Hebrew and 5 Greek); these occur in 310 verses listed beginning on page 21.
I fully admit that these verses have been removed from their literary context. I also am not suggesting that there are not important theological issues at stake in the 7 verses so hotly debated. At least from this study, I would suggest, however, that by Wesley’s own standard there are issues far more important to God’s central purpose: the salvation of humanity.
— Peace, Rev. Mark F. Sturgess