Don’t Put Progressives in Boxes That Others Create

A Response to Chris Ritter's 'Traditional Compatiblists"



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You just dismissed Scripture as the authority

"The neo-orthodox United Methodists, who retain this wording, state Scripture and church tradition are their authority."
"My authority is the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the interpretation of Scripture and the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit."

This is exactly the rhetoric that is causing UMC faithful to flee the pews in droves. Do you see your complete contradiction? The only interpretation we have is Scripture and yet you've just dismissed it. A UMC pastor just dismissed Scripture. I have two uncles and one cousin who graduated from Garrett Evangelical Seminary. It's safe to say I was born and raised United Methodist. I recently left for this exact reason: The UMC pastors and leaders don't recognize Scripture anymore.

Sarah 2 days ago

Do you keep your head covered?

...when you go outside, every single time, or inside, too, when you're not alone? I'm guessing "No." So, guess what, you deny scripture just like you said he did.

Scripture is a tool, not the fourth member of the Trinity. It is not what informs antigay prejudice. That is informed by disinformation, the need for scapegoats, and a sincere belief oneself is better than those for whom he or she has bigotries against.

George Nixon shuler 1 day ago

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