An Open Letter to Rob Renfroe



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Praying for our church

You claim Jesus blessed the trait of having a willingness to suffer for sticking close to Jesus. Right now it looks Rev Renfroe is the one suffering for sticking to the teachings of Jesus, as others leave for the ways of the world.

Jacob Bailey 2 days ago

Mr. Howell Keep Your Vows

It should be incredible that a pastor who refuses to keep his ordination vows would try to take the moral high ground from one who keeps his. But these are times when regressive pastors and bishops show no shame in bending the truth in any way that will support their heretical agenda. Yes, the pro homosexual-practice group should no longer be dubbed "progressive." This is like calling a school bully "brave" in hopes of appeasing him. Whether Mr. Howell's attitude comes from ignorance or contempt for the historic standards of the church (not only the Methodist) we can only hope that Rev. Renfroe is right, and the special conference of 2019 will finally make a way to separate Mr. Howell and his party from orthodox United Methodism going forward. Yes, the apostle Paul wrote the marvellous 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians; but he also required the Corinthians to maintain the Christ honoring pattern of Christian marriage within the membership of their body.

Craig gallaway 171 days ago

Obviously You Do Not Know Rev. Renfroe

Mr. Howell, it is obvious from your open letter and your blog that you do not know Rev. Renfroe. You have never heard one of his sermons and been led to a closer walk with God as he preaches, you have never read one of his books and been inspired to be a better human being, you have not watched him touch the lives of men through a group know as Quest, you have never witnessed the leadership he gives to The Woodlands Methodist Church and the love and admiration that his congregation has for him. If you did, you would never question his integrity or his devotion to the ministry of Jesus Christ. Rev. Rob Renfroe is truly a remarkable Christian man! He is frustrated like many of us who have been Methodist all our lives because people like you want to change the Book of Discipline and more importantly the biblical teachings that our denomination was founded on. I was baptized and married in the Church that my great-grandfather build in 1875. I do not wish to see our BOD changed in the way you are proposing. Also, I can not understand why your proposed plan is called "The One Church Plan". What a misnomer! If passed, Methodism will be not one church, but many churches with different teachings and disciplines. We can no longer be called UNITED. Before you judge him or spread more false rumors about Rev. Rob Renfro, I hope you will get to know him through his sermons and books. Thank you for the opportunity to respond to your criticism of Rev Renfro.

Karen West 170 days ago

Open Letter to Rob Renfroe

When a member of my congregation comes to me with a rumor about another member and wants me to act on it, I require that the party named in the gossip be part of the conversation if it is to continue. The UMC still has a judicial system, and if there are questions of conduct, that is the venue to sort them out. I am on the WCA mailing list, but have never received any request to contribute toward a bribe for African delegates. I would be interested to see such a letter. I would favor taking these serious accusations through the proper channels for the sake of truth and integrity. We should not stoop to trial by innuendo.

RuthAnne G. Henley 180 days ago

Howell article

I received the letter from Renfroe. He wants to put anyone who disagrees out of the church and he did ask for money to bring Africans to vote his way. The Methodist church of the past emphasized kindness, inclusion and social action. That is why we United. We recognized our mistakes and tried to make up for them. Liberals stand for kindness and inclusion. WCA doesn’t.

Marilyn Davis 183 days ago

Statements require proof

Marilyn Davis, you state that Pastor Rob Renfroe “did ask for money to bring Africans to vote his way”. Could you helping me figure out the proof to validate that statement? It’s very important that we not repeat stories without seeing proof. You also state that “he wants to put anoyone who disagrees with him out of the church”. Again, could you please point me toward the place which backs up this statement. I look forward to talking with you.

Dina B. 180 days ago

Truth hurts, does it not? Wish I had had a UMC pastor who stood loudly in protest of the liberal cancer!

Maybe I would have stayed active in the UMC rather than suspending attending and giving and now just waiting for a local UMC to become a traditional MC - not interested in association with the "U" or any other of the letters associated with this issue. Indeed, Rev Renfroe's words are harsh, but, maybe to many of us, not as nearly so harsh as what has been said against we who just want a church like our momma's and daddy's took us to. Maybe not as harsh as watching our old Methodist church sink into financial ruin and litigation like the Episcopal church has done. Sorry your feelings were hurt, but our feelings are hurt too. Why must we all continue to hurt? Why can't we just focus on going our own way as soon as possible?

Reese 185 days ago


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