Council of Bishops' Letter to the Global LGBTQ Community



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The above statement is a lilly-livered, pathetic retreat from the moral values of the Bible. What does the hierarchy of the Church not understand about the fact that we are at WAR with Satan? Militant homosexuals will never be satisfied until we give them whole-hearted endorsement as 100% "OK" at every level. I welcome ALL to attend church and learn and worship; I do NOT welcome having church leaders rewrite the Bible and its basic tenets. Grow a Christian spine!!!!

Pat Evans more than 2 years ago

And where is the apology

For the harm done to traditionals during this process? Oh, right, we do not count. Our beliefs are unimportant. We are simply something to be tolerated, because, as Adam Hamilton clearly stated, we are "regressive". Reality is no other American Mainline Protestant denomination has succeeded in silencing traditionals; neither will The United Methodist Church. This is America, we have as much right to believe and live as we see fit as progressives do. Problem is, progressives do not know the difference between traditional fundamentalists who are the result of classical Christianity gone wrong, and traditionals who are rooted in classical Christianity who respect everybody's right to believe as they see fit and would not force anything on anybody.

betsy more than 2 years ago

Excuse me. Will there also be a mea culpa letter to Methodist traditionalists?

We who do not hate, nor speak of hate, nor seek to discriminate against others, but are guided by moral values dating thousands of years? We who have welcomed all who come in peace to our church? We who give generously to charities in the name of Jesus? We who, like our parents and their parents, have interwoven social morality and dignity with Bible teachings of life lived in accordance?
We who have supported all the outreach programs and dug a little deeper for “building funds” over the years to expand the capacity and services of our United Methodist Church? We who have sung in the choir, taught Sunday school, helped clean up, set up, raise up our Faith in our communities?
We who are now maligned constantly for our moral code, our adherence to standards of behavior, will we get an apology and a promise to consider our feelings? We who have lowered or simply stopped attending because sex is not what we go to church to talk about? Does anyone in the sanctimonious Council of Bishops have a “dissenting opinion” about the way traditional Methodists are being treated?
There is a very large, new non-denominational church in the town next to mine. It did not exist ten years ago, but just moved into their new sanctuary last month. Christmas service was 540. Local population growth is single digit, but the abdication of traditional values by the Lutherans, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Methodists left a bunch of protestants searching for a new home. I attend services there, but I have not joined. I guess I’m just waiting and hoping my old traditional Methodist Church will give me a call and say, “We are no longer affiliated with liberalism. They went their way, we have returned to ours. Come on home!”

Reese more than 2 years ago

Notable Quotes 

"When one’s power, authority, or position is derived from demarcating and defending orthodoxy, then singling out more heretics is always necessary. The status one holds depends on maintaining loyalties and passing purity tests."

– Baptist pastor Brian Kaylor, "The Tragedy of Russell Moore" in Religion & Politics.

"The choice before every theologian and church leader is clear: either the tradition of the church tells us who we are, or we read the Scriptures in light of who we understand ourselves to be."

– Robert A. Hunt, Perkins School of Theology, in a Facebook post on Catholic bishops proposing to deny communion to President Joe Biden over his support for legal abortion.

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