Good to hear.
In other news, Methodists reaffirm that the ocean is wet.
God’s way or man’s way.
Amazing - I thought the Methodists had been co-opted long ago.
I’m shocked. Pleased, but shocked.
God Created Adam and Steve
One proposal called homosexuals people of sacred worth and acknowledged differing viewpoints on the issue, while another said humans did not know enough about human sexuality to prefer one lifestyle over another.
Rut Roh...the libs are gonna come down on them like a bag of hammers.
How close was the vote? Because I know for a fact the UMC has been trending extremist liberal for years...
Keeping it all in prayer and in truth.
There are MANY things in the bible that are debatable, homosexuality is NOT one of them. The bible if VERY clear on the subject.
And if the queers don't like it... well.. I guess they can become Muslims or Jews. oh wait... Every major religion condemns homosexuality!
Does this mean the Methodist churches in my area are gonna hafta take down the rainbow flags on the side of their chapels?
Hopefully this is the beginning of a reversal of a 30-40 year creep of homosexuality into mainline Christian denominations.
Oh, no! Another church reaffirms hate! /s
I normally don’t attend any denomination.....I attend the “Where two or three are gathered together” church of the body of Christ.
But, this is good news in a time of doctrinal erosion.
Interesting that the Bible uses the term homosexual offenders, where apostles of tolerance use homosexual strictly in the modern sense of just-another-group-of-folks who are "people of sacred worth".
It is true that all sinners are people of sacred worth, but that worth is defined by GOD and not open to reinterpretation. There MUST be agreement with GOD concerning our sin, its penalty, and its cure (Jesus).
Ping for your comment.
The national leadership, and many of the Bishops, in the United Methodis Chruch are more liberal than the majority of the laity. I’m Methodist, a member of a traditional conservative congregation, and there is still a majority of us traditional Christians in the UMC. So, changing the position on homosexuality was always an uphill battle for the liberals.
But the real reason these liberal proposals were rejected is because of changing demographics. The United Methodist Church is a global church, not merely an American church. The chuech is growing rapidly in Africa and Asia, where the congregations are very traditional, very conservative. The church is more liberal in America, where the membership is declining.
About 40% of the voting representatives at our General Conference - the only organization with authority to speak on theological issues for the church - is from the conservative African churches. This percentage will grow in the coming years. In about 20 years, the average Methodist will look a lot less like a middle-aged white man in Indiana, and a lot more like a black woman in Nigeria.
This General Conference - held every four years - was the last best chance for the liberals. They failed, and will not have another chance. Demographics will make them irrelevant.