Analysis of Bishops’ Option 2 for A Way Forward

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And a dioccesan model of espiscopacy

Did not help the Episcopal Church navigate the sexuality question intact. In fact, to date, there is no mainline denomination that has successfully navigated the sexuality question intact and collectively they represent a broad range of how the church functions. The reality is, many of us that believe in classical Christianity will not be satisfied with being just an option on a menu of choices, anymore than progressives are.

Betsy more than 1 year ago

Disingenuous at Best

To paraphrase the late Richard John Neuhaus "Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed." And as further explained by Francis Beckwith, "Whenever a practitioner of a traditional vice appeals to the right of privacy as the justification for the state to leave him alone to engage in that vice, he will inevitably demand that the state require that those who morally disapprove of his practice cooperate with it, either materially or formally." Substitute UMC for "state" in this and you have what will become the de facto and de jure stand of the UMC>

Sooner, rather than later, those who claim freedom of conscience to disagree with this option, if adopted, will be subjected to uncompromising church discipline (no confidential just resolutions allowed for bigots!), and driven from the ministry of the UMC. Just look at The Episcopal Church for a view of the future for the UMC. At least in the ELCA, if a church leaves for another recognized Lutheran synod, it takes its property with it, which is probably why congregations by the hundreds have left ELCA.

Daniel more than 1 year ago

Okay, but...

"This sketch also specifically protects the rights of those whose conscience will not allow them to perform same gender weddings or ordain LGBTQ persons".
And those people will be called bigots, haters, and everything else by progressives. So what is the point?

Sarah more than 1 year ago

This comment is disingenuous

The writer is pretending to be Edgar Cayce or Jean Dixon, or maybe Nostradamus or Criswell. There is no evidence of what the future will be. I think bigots and haters will be called what they are regardless. The writer's attempt to link that reality to one of the options is absurd.

George Nixon Shuler more than 1 year ago


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