A Response to Dr. Bruce C. Birch

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A perspective on the African UM voice

by another African American from outside the UMC:

https://thewitnessbcc.com/keep-that-same-energy-african-methodists-and-the-whole-black-testimony/

betsy 21 hours ago

Just because you do not "get" traditionalists

Does not mean that we are deficient are "wrong". It means that we are simply different.

I have a Master of Science Degree with a strong emphasis in biochemistry. I spent 20+ years working in the field of scientific research; 13 of those years at a well-respected medical school.

After a lifetime of being a Methodist/United Methodist I have come to the sad conclusion that the African United Methodist Church has a better grasp of the gospel than the American United Methodist Church. I came to this conclusion after spending a significant amount of time with the writings of John Wesley. I now firmly believe that the African church is still grounded in the crucial basics whereas the American church has been at it so long it has wandered off on a tangent, making Christianity of the Wesleyan/Methodist persuasion a confusing and complicated mess. We should all be ashamed of what John Wesley's practical Christianity for a plain people has degenerated into:Theological factions jockeying for position and control.

Here is how a traditionalist from the Baltimore-Washington Conference views Africa:
https://www.facebook.com/notes/baltimore-washington-area-chapter-of-the-wesleyan-covenant-association/transforming-the-world-has-transformed-the-church/563027910874192/

And here is the response a highly educated woman who is standing her traditionalist ground:
https://www.getreligion.org/getreligion/2019/3/11/rider-university-dumps-chick-fil-a-a-professor-resigns-and-the-coverage-is-so-so

Bottom line is traditionalists grounded in historic Christian doctrine--which has absolutely nothing to do with modern fundamentalism--are not going to quietly fade away. I am willing to live with those who disagree with my understandings and respect your right to do so, but for there to be true peace that has to be a two way street.

betsy 5 days ago

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