Commission on a Way Forward Clarifies Values in Two Sketches to Bishops

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An Episcopalian prediction

Shortly after GC2016 which gave rise to the Way forward process, an Episcopalian noted that with the Way Forward Commission the United Methodist Church was going down the same path as the Episcopal Church and that the end result would be the Bishops would further push the church in a progressive direction. Except we evidently have an added layer the Episcopal Church did not have: A General Conference that, since 1972, has consistently stood its ground with a historical understanding of sexuality and marriage. Furthermore, in 2016 a plan that is very similar to the one church model did not even make it out of committee but in contrast accountability measures were making it out of committee and were going to be voted on when the process was interrupted by the formation of The Way Forward Commission. The sexuality question is not the problem. The problem is Bishops who have refused and--by their endorsement of these two plans--are still refusing to submit themselves to the authority of General Conference.

Betsy more than 3 years ago

Bishops meeting

It seems our bishops have already decided to accept the progressive view of the authority of scripture on marriage, homosexuality and immorality. "all the people did what was right in their own eyes" (Judges 17:6 / Judges 21:25)

William Pearsall more than 3 years ago

Agreed

Seems odd to me that none of the three “values” the Bishops are using, refer to what the Bible tells us. They should clearly refer to what the Bible tells us Re homosexuality, and treat it as the sin it is. How can they consider themselves as men/women of God when they are so intent on turning their backs on what he tells us? They have lost all creditability. I guess I must wait and see if the WCA provides an alternative biblically based church, or I guess I will become Baptist.

Steve more than 3 years ago

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