Let’s Be Fair, UMC, and Exclude ALL the Unclean, not Just the Homosexuals

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Jesus had a holiness code

Currently, The American branch of the United Methodist Church has no clear understanding of holiness and what that holiness means for us individually and collectively! The United Methodist Church is in existence because John Wesley was focused on providing a practical Christianity for a plain people. Wesley very much believed in a holiness code--otherwise known as The General Rules. The only thing we, as modern day American United Methodists, understand about the General Rules is their three main headings. Under each one of those headings are specific things that defines holiness for the individual. Strangely enough, sex is not on the list probably because everybody already knew the holiness code for that aspect of their lives--we were created as two genders for a reason. Until the church as a whole grasps a "holiness code" that defines holiness for all aspects of our lives, including our sexuality, then there is absolutely no reason for it to remain in existence because it will have nothing to offer other than a mind boggling array of conflicting and contradictory beliefs. John Wesley understood what we have forgotten: Holiness starts with a day to day relationship with the triune God who is holy love. A relationship with the triune God who is holy love begins by embracing the understanding that through Jesus, the triune God who is holy love loves even me more than I could ever think about loving myself.

Betsy 65 days ago

Two Wrongs

Let's remember that two wrongs don't make a right. God-given rules are there to help you and keep you from suffering. That is not to say that "normal" adultery should be overlooked. It should not. But in both cases human urges are controllable. Jesus, his disciples, Paul, Barnabus, Luke all controlled themselves. Christ is not asking too much by expecting a measure of holiness from His followers. The question is "how seriously do you want to follow Christ?"

Skipper Anding 71 days ago

Here's the problem

Homosexuality is not an "urge." The characterization of others' capacities to love as such is reprehensible. What constitutes "holiness" is not who you love. Moreover, it's a poor thing to endorse: after all, it was the "Holy People" who manipulated the Romans to crucify Christ.

George Nixon Shuler 70 days ago

Notable Quotes


Brian McLaren"All of us, especially people of faith, need to proclaim that white supremacy and white privilege and all other forms of racism and injustice must indeed be replaced with something better – the beloved community where all are welcome, all are safe, and all are free. White supremacist and Nazi dreams of apartheid must be replaced with a better dream – people of all tribes, races, creeds, and nations learning to live in peace, mutual respect, and neighborliness. Such a better world is possible, but only if we set our hearts on realizing the possibility."

– Brian McLaren, writing in "What I Saw in Charlottesville" on the Auburn Seminary website.


"The idea of racial (or most any other) supremacy is antithetical to that Gospel. We should remember that Jesus himself grasped for no superiority, no rank, but instead made himself a servant, giving himself in love. What we saw in Charlottesville was therefore a kind of anti-gospel, something that must be resisted, yes–but more, something that must be overcome."

– Dr. Craig Hill, dean of United Methodist-related Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, on Facebook.

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