A Time to Die



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There is nothing new under the sun

The author of this article leaves out the most important aspect of the church and individual disciple - that is to please God and bring glory and honor to Jesus Christ! We are called to die to the old man, that the body of sin might be destoryed ,so that we do not serve the sin nature any longer. What should we say then? Should we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God Forbid!

I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness.
For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:19-23

When you become a slave to God you will know Him as Master and you disire to please Him and not self or man!
Robin Williams

Robin Williams more than 9 years ago

We need a different plan

It may indeed be time to radically restructure The United Methodist Church. However, I do NOT believe this should be the plan we adopt. In 1968 when our church was formed, we tried organizing ourselves in a way that mirrors the United States government. We vote,we have 3 branches of government, and there are checks and balances built into our form of operation. This has proven to be a difficult system for the Holy Spirit to infiltrate. Now, after 50 years we are proposing to create ANOTHER inappropriate structure. However, I think it will prove to be even MORE problematic. The American model of corporate business is in some ways actually CONTRARY to the gospel. I think we should look at a different model that HAS proven to be sustainable for the church over the course of time. The Roman Catholic administrative structure works pretty well. Clergy are NOT CEO's, rather they are priests and pastors. Catholic Charities does a GREAT job in the work that they do. Religious orders allow devout Christians to devote their lives to prayer, missionary service, teaching, etc. I think this model could be successfully adapted to the UMC. We will not find vitality as a church by adopting recommendations from American business consultants. Renewal in the church will come through prayer and faithful obedience to the Holy Spirit. We will find our vitality as a church when we allow ourselves and our church to be shaped by Christ. If we want to make disciples of Jesus Christ, we must first become disciples ourselves.

Holly Boardman more than 9 years ago