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Church Touts Homosexuality as a Gift, Not a Sin
Christian Post ^ | 4/27/11 | Eryn Sun

Posted on 04/28/2011 5:55:29 AM PDT by ZGuy

Being gay is a gift from God, asserts one church in Ohio.

That’s the message that Central United Methodist Church is spreading throughout their community via a digital billboard, launched on Monday.

This “simple statement,” the church announced, is “intended to be a gift to those who have experienced hurt and discrimination because of their real or perceived sexual orientation.”

“The Church seeks nothing less than the healing of the world, and Central UMC wants to offer words and acts of healing to those hurt and marginalized,” the website states.

Jeff Buchanan, the director of Exodus Church Equipping & Student Ministries, agrees that the Church must display love and compassion for those in the LGBT community. But he opposes the message that CUMC is sending through their “Being Gay is a Gift from God” campaign.

“Why would God bestow this ‘gift’ only to condemn it throughout the Bible? This would seemingly contradict His character as a God who is loving and just.”

The Toledo church’s controversial billboard ad is directly connected to a long month-long sermon series by its new pastor, Bill Barnard. The church is hoping that the ad will move the public towards tolerance, reported ABC 13, and not perpetuate anti-gay attitudes and behaviors, which were harming the LGBT community.

The purposes of their recently launched campaign are threefold: to offer welcome to all persons who are gay; to challenge the larger Church to fully accept persons who are gay into the life of the Church; and to call on all people to bring all the gifts of who they are to God.

“By welcoming and living in community with faithful Christians who happen to be gay, we have come to understand that being gay is part of who God made them to be,” CUMC proclaims on their site. “And by gay Christians bringing all that they are to God, the body of Christ has been strengthened.”

“In fact, we would experience the body of Christ as incomplete without LGBT persons.”

Barnard told ABC, “We really believe that being gay is a gift from God, and it’s not anything that anyone has to apologize for or be ashamed about. So that’s how [the campaign] came to be.”

Believing sexuality to be a “good gift from God” – or as they declared yet another way in God’s infinite diversity – CUMC defines sin as denying who God created them to be.

“The overwhelming scientific evidence is that people are born with their sexual orientation, that it is not a choice,” the church contends. “Fully accepting one’s sexual orientation and identity is key to leading a normal and healthy life.

“Forcing people to act against their God-given sexual orientation will lead to disordered lives. Allowing people to act in accordance with their God-given sexual orientation leads to reconciliation.”

While deeming the marginalization of LGBT persons as “unjustified” – mentioning that Jesus did not speak directly regarding homosexuality – the Toledo church recognizes that the Church today continues to be divided over interpretation of Scripture related to homosexuality.

Just two months ago, 33 retired United Methodist bishops urged the denomination to remove its ban on homosexual clergy, prolonging the undying debate within the church body.

CUMC hopes to unify believers by focusing more on “things that [they] agree on, such as kindness, justice, and humility,” instead of contributing to hate and discrimination, which they believe leads not to reconciliation, but to self-destructive practices within the LGBT community.

“Holding people responsible for matters in which they have no control is irrational and immoral,” the church declares. “We believe that both those within and without the Church are hungry for dialogue about homosexuality that reflects compassion and humility rather than intolerance and strife.”

Buchanan contends that CUMC’s message “tells people that the only option they have is a gay identity.”

But “people need to understand that thousands of men and women have found there is another way and have found freedom from homosexuality through the power of Christ,” he says.

Even if there was conclusive evidence supporting the theory that people were “born this way,” Buchanan stresses that Christians were called to be “born again.”

“While we may not choose our desires, we do have the ability and responsibility to choose whether or not we act on those desires. Our goal should be living a life that is congruent with Scripture,” he says.

“Genesis describes the fall of man and the permanent effects that sin has on us spiritually, mentally, and physically. Just because something may be inherent does not mean it was intended.”

Despite the outcry of many from the Christian community against CUMC’s campaign, Barnard continues to proclaim that homosexuality is a “gift” and has people come and remain just “as they are.”

Working to accept persons who are gay into the full life of the Church, CUMC is a founding member of the Reconciling Ministries Network, which is the United Methodist movement for gay equality in the denomination.

Two of the volunteer staff members at their church, including the music director and lead team chair, live with their partners and have served the church for over seven years.

Grieved over the misinterpretation of Scripture and false teaching that is being promoted by CUMC and many other churches like them, Buchanan encourages churches to deliver the message of Christ with love and grace, but also with accuracy and uncompromised truth.

“We must always remember that authentic love is built upon a foundation of grace and truth.”


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When my sister left the UMC, the pastor asked her why she was leaving. She replied, "Because I became a Christian." Surprisingly, the pastor's response was, "Oh, well, that makes sense."
1 posted on 04/28/2011 5:55:31 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: ZGuy

The UMC ... just another gay bar.


2 posted on 04/28/2011 5:57:43 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: ZGuy

The “UMC” congregation in question is no longer a Christian Church -—it is homo fraud. God will deal with them in his plan.


3 posted on 04/28/2011 5:59:15 AM PDT by texican01
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To: ZGuy

They rewrote Genesis?


4 posted on 04/28/2011 5:59:27 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: ZGuy

funny and sad.


5 posted on 04/28/2011 6:02:25 AM PDT by a real Sheila (taglines are for sissies)
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To: ZGuy

“Hey, come and meet our new children’s church minister! He has the gift of sodom and will be teaching your children how to exercise this gift!”


6 posted on 04/28/2011 6:04:12 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: ZGuy

Yes, God loves all sinners. So by all means, welcome them into the church. Then remind them that they are to go and sin no more. If they continue to sin, God’s Word instructs that we, as believers, must cast them out from among us.


7 posted on 04/28/2011 6:08:02 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: ZGuy

If they’re going to refer to themselves as the CUMC, why is anyone surprised they support this?


8 posted on 04/28/2011 6:08:20 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Same as - they “allegorize” anything they don’t agree with.
In so doing, they’ve put their own reason/authority over that of the word of God, and made themselves God. (Gen 3:4-5).

For instance, I’ve heard this explanation of Lott’s wife:
She was turned into a pillar, as in a “pillar of the community”, because she cared so much about the people of Sodom and Gomorrah that she couldn’t help but look back.


9 posted on 04/28/2011 6:10:27 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: ZGuy
Being gay is a gift from God, asserts one church in Ohio.

For some reason, my first thought was:

They're wrong....and they will find that out in the end.

/giggle.

10 posted on 04/28/2011 6:12:37 AM PDT by edpc (Tagline under construction: Your American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars at work.)
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To: ZGuy

If being gay is a gift from god then so it pedophilia.


11 posted on 04/28/2011 6:12:46 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: ZGuy

“Being Gay is a Gift from God”

A gift not available to UMC pastors. The UMC defrocks gay pastors.


12 posted on 04/28/2011 6:16:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: BuckeyeTexan

What about Obama’s sins..


13 posted on 04/28/2011 6:17:33 AM PDT by bushpilot1
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To: ZGuy

The gift of population control.


14 posted on 04/28/2011 6:17:43 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: ZGuy

Declarations that sinful desires are a gift from God: following the well-worn empty path of Luther and King Henry VIII who taught the world to make it up as you go along and pretend that it’s Christian.

A Church where every member is a sinner in need of salvation and mercy: God’s plan.

A “church” that eliminates sin by redefining it: evil.


15 posted on 04/28/2011 6:19:47 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: ZGuy

General conference is next May.

Last time we had a general conference the police had to be called and some gays were taken away in cuffs. Of course the bishops allowed the demonstrators to come in and of course they stopped all proceedings to allowo them to desecrate the altar and chalice.

So, basically the UMC is a microcsm of our world. The few sick and twisted and (IMO) stanically corrupted bishops control the mass of true believers.


16 posted on 04/28/2011 6:19:47 AM PDT by SpringtoLiberty (Liberty is on the march!)
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To: AppyPappy

“Being Gay is a Gift from God”

A gift not available to UMC pastors. The UMC defrocks gay pastors.

Nonsense. I know of 2 lesbian pastors who were elevated to district superintendants.


17 posted on 04/28/2011 6:23:53 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

In CA.


18 posted on 04/28/2011 6:28:09 AM PDT by Louis Foxwell (For love of Sarah, our country and the American Way of Life.)
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RE :”“The overwhelming scientific evidence is that people are born with their sexual orientation, that it is not a choice,” the church contends. “Fully accepting one’s sexual orientation and identity is key to leading a normal and healthy life. “Forcing people to act against their God-given sexual orientation will lead to disordered lives. Allowing people to act in accordance with their God-given sexual orientation leads to reconciliation ...; Believing sexuality to be a “good gift from God” – or as they declared yet another way in God’s infinite diversity – CUMC defines sin as denying who God created them to be.....“Holding people responsible for matters in which they have no control is irrational and immoral,” the church declares. “We believe that both those within and without the Church are hungry for dialogue about homosexuality that reflects compassion and humility rather than intolerance and strife

I thought the above positions on sin and choice were interesting. Do hetrosexual men have a 'choice' when they 'harrass' women on the job by hitting on them for sex? Isnt that our male nature? sexual gratification?? Is it wrong to restrain that too?

I still remember the 1980s when these liberals were blaming Christians, more specifically Reagan, for that ‘gift’ that homosexuals were spreading to each other called HIV, in spite of being warned not to by the Reagan administration.

19 posted on 04/28/2011 6:31:19 AM PDT by sickoflibs ("It's not the taxes, the redistribution is the federal spending=tax delayed")
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To: ZGuy
Odd.

This is from a church named the Central United Methodist.

What appropriate acronym can be made from that name?

20 posted on 04/28/2011 6:31:54 AM PDT by N. Theknow (The MSM is to 0bama what the Broom-n-Scoop Detail is to a circus parade.)
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To: bushpilot1

God will deal with him too. Right now though we have to trust that God is in control because no man comes to power but by God. God has a purpose for Obama.


21 posted on 04/28/2011 6:32:06 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. *4192*)
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To: ZGuy

The whole idea that just because you are born with some weird prediliction, like trying to stick a screwdriver into your ears, does not justify its action. It just means you should try to curb those urges.


22 posted on 04/28/2011 6:33:22 AM PDT by driftless2 (For long-term happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: SpringtoLiberty

“Churches” that pretend to democracy inevitably redefine sin as good.


23 posted on 04/28/2011 6:34:51 AM PDT by Notwithstanding
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To: ZGuy

Unbelievable! The UMC is a joke!


24 posted on 04/28/2011 6:35:54 AM PDT by texson66 ("Mr Obama, tear down this wall of bureaucratic opression of freedom!")
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25 posted on 04/28/2011 6:36:25 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Hacklehead
If being gay is a gift from god then so is pedophilia.

I think that is a gift from allah...

26 posted on 04/28/2011 6:37:46 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 826 of our national holiday from reality. - What 3 AM phone call?)
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To: ZGuy; All

This one church has gone off the rails, according to the UMC website and doctrine.

http://www.umc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content.aspx?c=lwL4KnN1LtH&b=5066287&content_id={1F6BAEA8-E9EE-4867-B892-2F6871C78CB6}&notoc=1


27 posted on 04/28/2011 6:38:16 AM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: AppyPappy
A gift not available to UMC pastors. The UMC defrocks gay pastors.

Apparently they missed this one.

BTW, "gay Christian" is an oxymoron. You can be either gay or Christian. You cannot be both.

28 posted on 04/28/2011 6:41:29 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: ZGuy
“Fully accepting [and]... Allowing people to act in accordance with their God-given sexual orientation leads to reconciliation.”

It's obvious that most men, by "orientation" (tendency, appetite or drive) would be "naturally" promiscuous: most of them with women, some with other men, and some with children (or at least minors at that juicy adolescent stage.) That's OK? They're good to go? It's all God-given (because "inborn") and it all leads to blessedness?

These United Methodists (I know they don't represent their whole church) ought to be "United" with the Muslims. Shari'a allows men to hook up with women and children via "temporary marriage" (Nikāḥ al-Mut‘ah) which can be as short as half an hour, as long as the dower (payment) and the duration have been agreed-to.

That sounds like it would really bless people whose "God-given orientation" happens to be promiscuity, prostitution, pedophilia or polygamy.

Which would surely be a wonderful accommodation to a MUCH bigger group than just gays.

United Methodists & Muslims: Follow your bliss. God made you that way. Horniness is Holy! Inshallah.

29 posted on 04/28/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ( "To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.")
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To: BuckeyeTexan

Is Moses an Egyptian because of his birth on the soil...or is he an Israelite because of the blood of his father.


30 posted on 04/28/2011 6:51:41 AM PDT by bushpilot1
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To: ZGuy
Church Touts Homosexuality as a Gift, Not a Sin

So I guess this means Barry Obama has found a church,then....

31 posted on 04/28/2011 6:51:58 AM PDT by massmike (DADT repeal: the Boy Scouts now have tougher membership requirements than the Army!)
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To: John O

I don’t think you understand Salvation. Salvation is not dependent on what WE do but what God does. It is a free gift from God that we receive without merit.

I know plenty of Christians who struggle with sin.


32 posted on 04/28/2011 6:52:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: sickoflibs

RE :”“The overwhelming scientific evidence is that people are born with their sexual orientation, that it is not a choice,” the church contends. “Fully accepting one’s sexual orientation and identity is key to leading a normal and healthy life. “Forcing people to act against their God-given sexual orientation will lead to disordered lives. Allowing people to act in accordance with their God-given sexual orientation leads to reconciliation ...; Believing sexuality to be a “good gift from God” – or as they declared yet another way in God’s infinite diversity – CUMC defines sin as denying who God created them to be.....“

O Lord, please forgive me for acting against you by wearing eye glasses and thereby denying your gift of myopia.


33 posted on 04/28/2011 6:53:05 AM PDT by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: ZGuy

My wife and I go to a UMC, but I don’t take them seriously. They’re like any other “modern” church in that they’re more in to marketing and less in to “offending” people who should be offended.

The UMC refuses to take a solid, Biblically based stand against abortion and homosexuality, both of which are offensive to God. But my pastor said he’d rather not get “controversial” because 1) it might offend some people, and 2) members of the congregation who are homosexual or who might have had abortions would leave.

They can and do have STRONG stands against gambling . . . now there’s something to confront their congregations with, rather than not slaughtering an unborn child or engaging in unrepentant homosexual behavior. Gambling. Boy, am I impressed! It’s more “let me entertain you” rather than “let me tell you what God thinks about these abominations!”

God’s 11th commandment: Thou shalt not offend your congregation by preaching about the previous 10 commandments!


34 posted on 04/28/2011 6:53:44 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: Louis Foxwell

Our Missions Chair was living in a nursing home with her lesbian partner. But I know a bunch of gay UMC pastors that have gotten the boot.


35 posted on 04/28/2011 6:54:42 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Notwithstanding

THe UMC is in total crisis mode btw.

They just published an exhuastive 2 year study by two independent outside consulting firms.

Basically the study claims church has been in perpetual decline in membership since the merger.

If it were not for the amazing growth in Africa the church would be in total free fall.

Thank God for our African brothers and sisters in Christ. Were it not for their staunch orthodoxy the votes that were taken in the last two Gerneral Conferences would have already allowed gays to hold any office and would have allowed churches to allow gay couples to join congregations as a Couple!

Thankfully due to the efforts of Ed Robb Jr. in the 70’s and continuing now with the efforts of his son Ed Robb III and Rev. Rob Renfroe, there is a revival movement shaking the UMC in the South.

The Confessing Movement is the direct opponent of the Reunification Movement mentioned in the original article. The Confessing Movement is a revival effort towards bilical orthodoxy. They are creating substantial change in several seminaries here in the US (most notably at Duke and SMU) and planting seminaries and pastoral training centers all over the world.

With the help of the Holy Spirit we can recapture the fire that John Wesley ignitied in England and America. We can and will change this world for Christ. We can and will stand against evil within and without the UMC.


36 posted on 04/28/2011 6:55:21 AM PDT by SpringtoLiberty (Liberty is on the march!)
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To: laweeks

“The UMC refuses to take a solid, Biblically based stand against abortion”

The UMC’s official stance is pro-life unless they changed it recently.


37 posted on 04/28/2011 6:57:04 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Hacklehead

By their logic then being an alchoholic or drug addict is a gift from God as well?

We are living in some strange times my friend.


38 posted on 04/28/2011 6:57:22 AM PDT by Flavious_Maximus
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To: ZGuy

We left the UMC about 10 years ago. We couldn’t stand homosexual agenda and the indoctrination of our kids in the name of “tolerance”. The UMC is not Christian.


39 posted on 04/28/2011 6:57:37 AM PDT by MichiganCheese (I "gotta sit in the back with all the other typical bitter clinging enemies"!)
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To: texican01

This congregation is clearly wrong if it believes it is following UMC doctrine on homosexuality by asserting that being gay is a “gift” of any kind. The UMC Discipline is pretty clear in its rejection of homosexual CONDUCT. I am willing to assume, for argument’s sake, that homosexual ORIENTATION is, at least in some cases, something one is born with (somehow it doesn’t seem reasonable that it could be genetic). But we are born with many orientations and inclinations that, when acted upon, are universally denounced, as they should be. I happen to be heterosexual, and happily married, but I confess that my inclination and orientation is to ogle, and if given the opportunity, grope (gently, of course) and attempt to seduce nearly any attractive woman I see. Sadly, I learned early in my teenage years that not everyone woman sees me as the irresistable guy that I clearly am. It became painfully apparent that my orientation was not seen as a gift by many women, and so I had to learn restraint in my behavior, if not in my thoughts. Now that I am much older the physical restraint is a little easier, but the orientation remains.

I believe that we should love all people, even those it may be difficult to love, including those with homosexual orientation and even those who live a homosexual lifestyle, just as we ought to love all sinners (which is all of us). Love, however, does not mean acceptance of sinful conduct as some sort of “gift” of God.


40 posted on 04/28/2011 7:00:00 AM PDT by NCLaw441 (I before E except after C, or when sounded as A in neighbor and weigh. Isn't that WEIRD?)
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To: ZGuy

So are they going to also say that Pedophilia is a gift as well?


41 posted on 04/28/2011 7:04:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: AppyPappy
“The UMC refuses to take a solid, Biblically based stand against abortion”

The UMC’s official stance is pro-life unless they changed it recently.

Sorry, but I can't find evidence of that ANYWHERE. They are NEVER active in 40 Days For Life or any other northeastern Ohio Pro-Life activities . . . never.

I even volunteered to give a Pro-Life message at any Sunday morning service and was told that it would probably be too controversial. And I can't find any national message to refute that. Homosexuality and Abortion are NEVER brought up!

42 posted on 04/28/2011 7:08:16 AM PDT by laweeks
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43 posted on 04/28/2011 7:12:11 AM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: ZGuy

“The overwhelming scientific evidence is that people are born with their sexual orientation, that it is not a choice,” the church contends. “Fully accepting one’s sexual orientation and identity is key to leading a normal and healthy life.

____________

UMC facepalm. Kum bah-freakin’-yah...

What about homosexuality is healthy, exactly?...

Colonel, USAFR


44 posted on 04/28/2011 7:14:18 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: MichiganCheese

Funny thing about the word “tolerance”.
Taken in its pure form, it means to be within a given set of standard values. Fine - we’ll judge things by those standards.

When the left uses it, it means “you must accept whatever perverted crap we are trying to force on you”.


45 posted on 04/28/2011 7:15:18 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB
When the left uses it, it means “you must accept whatever perverted crap we are trying to force on you”.

"...and we don't tolerate anyone who disagrees with us."

46 posted on 04/28/2011 7:17:08 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: sickoflibs

just wow...what Bible are they reading/teaching...???


47 posted on 04/28/2011 7:18:18 AM PDT by Gilbo_3 (Gov is not reason; not eloquent; its force.Like fire,a dangerous servant & master. George Washington)
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To: ZGuy

Isaiah 5:20
Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!


48 posted on 04/28/2011 7:25:52 AM PDT by xp38
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To: laweeks

“But my pastor said he’d rather not get “controversial” because 1) it might offend some people, and 2) members of the congregation who are homosexual or who might have had abortions would leave.”
_____________________

Re 1) “I did not come to bring peace, but a sword”.
Re 2) “Buh-bye...”

I am ashamed of a large segment of the UMC for this very reason: some pastors preach sinfulness as “gifts”, and others are afraid of controversy.

Where is it in Revelation that Christ tells one of the churches, “Because you are neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth”?

Colonel, USAFR


49 posted on 04/28/2011 7:29:21 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: AppyPappy
I don't know the history here, but perhaps you or some other FReeper does. I remember that for years the RCAR (Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights) (I think they have another name now, something like Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice?) had their national headquarters at the United Methodist Building in Washington DC. The UM either donated or leased them the office space for decades.

RCAR's Chairman was Linda Bales Todd, General Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church.

Is that still going on? Has the UMC's "official" stance been pro-life all this time?

50 posted on 04/28/2011 7:37:22 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("An enemy hath done this." Matthew 13:28)
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