On Uniting Methodists: Is Scripture Authoritative?

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The Right-wing Cauci Know All This

Hatred of LGBTQ people is stoked by those seeking power and control over others for the simple reason nothing unites like hatred, and LGBTQs are very easy targets when the people you are priming to hate them think they've never met one. Then there's the other part, the idea that what people do in bed is the sum total of what they are. When those in your demographic are a bunch of total prudes who think sex is something to be done in the dark and you wash the sheets right afterward, their wildest imagination drives them into their exploiters' arms, and they empty their pockets willingly to these grifters. The whole shebang is all about fooling the gullible. This is all about power and control and those who seek it.

George Nixon Shuler 67 days ago

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Those who experience in their hearts 'Hatred of LGBTQ people' have surely closed their hearts to the wisdom of God our Creator. God is Love. But it is God the Creator who set in motion the immeasurable universe and it is God the Creator who set in motion the natural law of procreation - between a male and a female resulting in an offspring for the purpose of perpetual replenishing of the species of man. Without that procreative process man would cease to exist. But 'hatred' is another thing and is not an option for me. 'LGBTQ' only identifies sexual preference which is only one aspect of the whole person. And all persons identified as LGBTQ are of great value to their creator. Though, and I deeply believe, Creator God is grieved by the practice of same sex union for the reason that it robs both partners of their greater God-ordained perpetual gift of procreation of man. And then there is the 'authority of scripture' which has been used to justify many wrongs in the global realm. But actual, true, and real authority of scripture is another matter. What is Truth? 'John 1: 1,14 ' In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.14 And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, as the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Thus, 'Truth' is God. It is all of Him - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. There are not enough words in man's mind or vocabulary that can describe or explain God. But some words have huge descriptive power of explanation - Grace, Love, Mercy, and Forgiveness. But also in the area of Truth, I am convinced that, according to biblical truth from the beginning of record keeping, God has an enemy who is known as the Destroyer who attempts to redirect all that is Good, natural, and productive to a disastrous end. He is the hater of God and of all man. He deceives, waters down Truth, and sews division among people. And confusion is the end result. Yet for me, my only clarifier is Truth found in biblical scripture which can only be revealed by the Holy Spirit. He is the Teacher and reveals to our individual hearts what God meant by what God said. Thus, on that foundation, I am heavily influenced by Roman chapter 1:26,27: For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving unto themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.' Biblical records in scripture are also clear that the body is intended as the Temple of God - a dwelling place in the hearts and minds of men -on this earth for the sole purpose of loving and serving mankind in glory, honor, and LOVE. As a Lay Delegate (Alternate) for my United Methodist Church District, I feel the poetic prayer, 'God, your sea is so great and my boat is so small.'

Carolyn Clifton Fields 47 days ago


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    "The Judicial Council’s work compellingly shows that our denomination is in schism and has been for some years and if we really want to heal this schism, then (dare I say it?) we have to back up and try our best to answer basic questions. What is it, actually, that unites United Methodists? ...  If doctrines do not define church, then we don’t know our identity or mission. If we don’t know our identity and mission, we will never be able to agree on what constitutes appropriate or inappropriate behavior and we will never be able to exercise meaningful accountability."

– The Rev. Steven Rankin, in a post "Judicial Council Proves We're Already in Schism"

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