¶ 17 of The Book of Discipline (2004) constitutes the First Restrictive Rule. It reads:
The General Conference shall not revoke, alter, or change our Articles of Religion or establish any new standards or rules of doctrine contrary to our present existing and established standards of doctrine.
¶ 102 (p.70) includes Wesley's Sermons as among the doctrinal standards of the United Methodist Church:
In the Plan of Union for The United Methodist Church, the preface to the Methodist Articles of Religion and the Evangelical United Brethren Confession of Faith explains that both were accepted as doctrinal standards for the new church. Additionally, it stated that although the language of the first Restrictive Rule never has been formally defined, Wesley's Sermons and Notes were understood specifically to be included in our present existing and established standards of doctrine.
In his sermon "The Cure and Cause for Earthquakes", Wesley argues that earthquakes are caused by divine wrath for sin, and they are preventable by repenting of our sins.
Are United Methodist pastors required to teach that earthquakes are caused by sin and cured by repentance?