Large South Carolina UMC Asks to Withdraw from Denomination

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And so it begins

The exit of churches from this denomination will only increase in numbers, especially if the General Council adopts the "One Church Plan" a/k/a the "Anything Goes Plan" in February. Not a threat, but merely a prediction. The litigation costs will be staggering unless a Gracious Exit plan is adopted for whichever plan is adopted. The "Traditionalist Plan" includes such an exit plan, but the Council of Bishops knows in its heart they risk mass defections if their preferred plan is somehow adopted, so they appear to be resistant to allowing congregations to follow their consciences and leave without the risk of litigation. The trust clauses arise out of our denomination's connectionalism, a concept that becomes a sham if the "Anything Goes Plan" is adopted.

John 111 days ago


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     "Fundamentalist Christians have moved the theological needle so far to the right that the Gospel is said by them to be a 'progressive agenda.' It's not – it's the Gospel. We must keep preaching Jesus' message of the Kingdom of God (over against the kingdoms of this world) rooted in love (not legalism) and aimed toward reconciliation (not division). The Pharisees alleged Jesus' message was a 'liberal agenda.' It wasn't – it was the Gospel."

– The Rev. Dr. Steve Harper in a Facebook post.

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