With Friends Like These

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Good luck with that

When it comes to the American United Methodist Church, I have my own tale of hurt, frustration and disenfranchisement. And I am a white heterosexual female. (My problems with the church are strictly spiritual and have absolutely nothing to do with my race, gender or sexuality.) Currently, the denominational and local leadership is too busy trying to keep the church afloat and they do not have time to listen to anybody's story from the pew.

betsy 188 days ago

What kind of friend will I be?

I will be a true friend and tell the truth. The truth is same-sex relationships are sinful. To tell someone they are not sinning in this respect is so unloving and untruthful. The Bible is clear about this. Jesus directed us to repent, which means to turn from sin. We don't want to trap people in sin when God wants them to repent and be forgiven.

Skipper 188 days ago

Except

The assertion "The truth is same-sex relationships are sinful" is not based on facts, instead it is a statement of opinion devoid of evidence and informed by prejudice..

George Nixon Shuler 185 days ago


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