The Violence of Tradition

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A Reign of Terror?

What I truly do not get is that if the church is really that bad for the LGBTQIA...XYZ population, then why do they continue to subject themselves to this "terror"? Maybe the reality is that you should go to an area of the world where Christians are truly persecuted and actually killed for their faith! Overstated articles such as this do not bode well that there is any hope that we can ever survive as a single church!

betsy 57 days ago

And as for Christianity "gone wrong"

I totally agree that we do not need to embrace that type of Christianity that resulted in people being burned at the stake. Where progressives are confused is that simply disagreeing with your view of the world is not persecution. I am willing to allow you to believe what you believe and I will stand for your right to do so. Problem is you will not return the favor. In fact, I need you to proclaim your message freely and clearly and see if it survives. Only then can I determine if it is truly from God.

betsy 57 days ago

tradition

Whew. How does such a spectacularly one-sided, venomous article serve any gracious purpose or model the humility of spirit necessary for all parties in our ongoing discussions and principled disagreements? Forget the Methodists...my Greek Orthodox mother and Catholic grandparents would see only contempt in these words for their Christian church and faith. Please make the legitimate point (tradition has its limits and dark sides) but without the snarling that ends rather than facilitates understanding.

Bob 60 days ago


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     “While I could fully understand the informal complaints about Sessions, and though I didn’t expect much success for the formal complaint...I don’t understand the rationale for the dismissal of the complaint. ‘Political actions are not personal conduct’? What’s that supposed to mean? What’s the basis in Scripture for that statement? I know nothing in our Book of Discipline that bifurcates personal behavior from public, politically motivated behavior. Whatever happened to, ‘We must obey God rather than human beings' (Acts 5:29)?

– Retired Bishop Will Willimon, a Duke Divinity School professor, in a response to Christianity Today's article "Do Methodists Have a Case Against Jeff Sessions?"


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– The Rev. Tom Zelinski, a Capuchin Franciscan quoted in the Washington Post's "Acts of Faith" newsletter.

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