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They will come.....

First of all, your comments regarding the death of the Western Church is accurate. Denominations are dying a slow and agonizing death. The death is occurring because of the rise of legalism in the denominations. Denominations are a thing of the past and it's probably a good idea to let them die. Non-denominational churches are thriving in some areas. I am leaving the UMC for a non-denominational church that is grounded in the Bible- Biblical inerrancy. No middle ground, no doubt and no compromise--take it or leave it. If you want to meet Jesus, be connected to like minded believers....come on in. Are we surprised that the UMC is shrinking? This is a denomination whose mantra is to make disciples. We can't even agree on what a disciple is. And the board of Discipleship is a joke. It has been said that Methodists do not go back to the Bible for anything. In the 3 denominations I've attended, and countless non-denominational churches, Methodists are the most Biblically illiterate of all. We can't even get the local UMC congregants to bring a Bible to church! Youth groups in the UMC are dying. That's not the case across all US churches. Its the Bible focus on the Bible, speak truth, and they will come.

Jeff Lucas 46 days ago

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"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


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