Skip to comments.Conservative United Methodists say divide over sexuality is `irreconcilable'
Posted on 05/31/2014 12:06:01 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the United part of its name?
A group of 80 pastors, including at least two from North Carolina, says the nations second-largest Protestant denomination faces a split because of an inability to resolve long-standing theological disputes about homosexuality and church doctrine.
But more than lamenting the divisions, the pastors indicated there is little reason to think reconciliation or even coexistence could be found. Like a couple heading to divorce court, the pastors cited irreconcilable differences that cant be mended.
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It’s a shame Christianity does not have a governing book that would answer these questions on sexual immorality by providing clear guidance.
The Methodist church of my childhood (My grandmother’s current church) has taken a decidedly conservative turn.
Yeah, they could refer to such a book as “The Bible of Christianity” or, for short...
The United was taken with the Methodist merger with the Evangelical United Brethern in 1968.
Is sexual immorality the only sin that the UMC will tolerate? Or will it give its blessing to stealing, lying, and murder as well?
Since there are some 30,000 different Protestant denominations (Google, Wikipedia) I think that the possibility of Protestant "unity" is gone forever. That ship has sailed...a LONG time ago.
Protestants today might not even know where their name came from. They aren't "protesting" anymore...just splintering ever more. That is a shame. It doesn't make folks feel better about their faith. It might even make them apprehensive.
“.....because of an inability to resolve long-standing theological disputes about homosexuality and church doctrine..”
Christianity has been around since 33AD. That is 1,981 years. For 1,965 of those years, EVERY Christian denomination has unequivocally regarded Homosexual activity as a sin. Long standing, NOT!
Hell, for 1,900 years every Christian Denomination considered artificial contraception to be a sin. So there is little in all of Christendom that is a long standing dispute. Heck the Protestant Reformation is only 600 years old, a mear blip in the Church time line.
The broken sinner, convicted by the Holy Spirit, can always find refuge in the grace of God in Christ! These deceivers are like the adulteress who “eats, wipes her mouth and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’”—Proverbs 30:20
The UMC is a strong supporter of abortion and has been since 1971. So yes, they are OK with child murder. They say it is A-OK!
Who is the implacable foe?
Its a shame Christianity does not have a governing book that would answer these questions on sexual immorality by providing clear guidance.
It’s called the Holy Bible - It is perfectly clear. However, some do not want to obey it.
Divided over sexuality?
Wouldn’t King Solomon say: “Let’s cut the Queer in half”?
All I can say, being part of the “New” Christian denominations, (only 600 years old), READ THE BOOK! You know, the “God Breathed” book.
You don’t even have to use the “New Fangled” Testament, (nearly 2000 years old). You can simply rely on the “Old” Testament, as in, THOUSANDS of years “old”.
There is absolutely no question as to whether homosexuality (married people have sex), is a sin and that by habitually sinning against God you cannot be a “Christian”, period.