Don't Want to Live in That World

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Yes, sin is horribly inconvenient.

mike stallions 20 days ago

At UMC.org under What We Believe...

and as part of our Foundational Documents which is part of the Basics of Our Faith are the General Rules written by John Wesley. The introduction to the General Rules contains this statement:

"There is only one condition previously required of those who desire admission into these societies: “a desire to flee from the wrath to come, and to be saved from their sins.” "http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/the-general-rules-of-the-methodist-church

It seems to me that you have moved on from such an understanding of what it means to be a Christian of the Wesleyan/Methodist persuasion. But then we are in this mess because too much of 'What We Believe" is simply something on paper and not actively lived out across the denomination.

betsy 24 days ago

Counterpoint.

"We interpret individual texts in light of their place in the Bible as a whole.

We are aided by scholarly inquiry and personal insight, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we work with each text, we take into account what we have been able to learn about the original context and intention of that text. In this understanding we draw upon the careful historical, literary, and textual studies of recent years, which have enriched our understanding of the Bible.

Through this faithful reading of Scripture, we may come to know the truth of the biblical message in its bearing on our own lives and the life of the world. Thus, the Bible serves both as a source of our faith and as the basic criterion by which the truth and fidelity of any interpretation of faith is measured.

While we acknowledge the primacy of Scripture in theological reflection, our attempts to grasp its meaning always involve tradition, experience, and reason. Like Scripture, these may become creative vehicles of the Holy Spirit as they function within the Church. They quicken our faith, open our eyes to the wonder of God’s love, and clarify our understanding."

http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/theological-guidelines-scripture

JR 21 days ago

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