The United Methodist Church: The Homosexual Movement

 

The United Methodist Church:

The Homosexual Movement

Part 15

 

Homosexual

The Homosexual Movement

  1. The United Methodist Church has allowed homosexuality to contaminate its membership

Those who follow this subject in the media will remember that the sodomite movement that has gained influence across the country, in government, in education, in the entertainment world, and in TV, and in literature, has also infiltrated many of the mainline denominations. This includes the United Methodist Church and other mainline Protestant denominations. Officially, this denomination doesn’t sanction homosexuality: “Although we do not condone the practice of homosexuality and consider this practice incompatible with Christian teaching, we affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.”[i]

On the surface it would seem that traditionally, the UMC has taught against homosexuality. In an article on a Methodist pro-sodomite website, we read:

In 1964, the Methodist General Conference added a statement about “Sex in Christian Life” to the denomination’s Social Creed (after 1972 the Social Principles). It read in part:

“We believe that sexual intercourse within holy matrimony with fidelity and love is a sacred experience and constitutes a needed expression of affection. We also believe that sexual intercourse outside the bonds of matrimony is contrary to the will God…”[ii]

Therefore, officially, the UMC would state that it cannot accept homosexual relationships and “marriages.”  Further:

The Church officially considers, “the practice of homosexuality (to be) incompatible with Christian teaching.” It states that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” cannot be ordained as ministers,  and supports “…laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”

In addition, the United Methodist Church prohibits the celebration of same-sex unions. Rev. Jimmy Creech was defrocked after a highly publicized church trial in 1999 in response to his participation in same-sex union ceremonies. It forbids any United Methodist board, agency, committee, commission, or council to give United Methodist funds to any gay organization or group, or otherwise use such funds to promote the acceptance of homosexuality.

Nevertheless, The United Methodist Church “implore[s] families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends” and commits itself to be in ministry with all persons, affirming that God’s grace,  love, and forgiveness is available to all.[iii]

This statement may at first appear benign for it seems to be saying that homosexuality is sinful and against the teaching of Christ, thus the UMC will condemn it and not permit it among their membership. But it is not saying this. It merely says that it is a wrongful relationship and should be avoided. It says that God’s grace is available to the homosexual—which is true, providing the sodomite repents and forsakes his sin (Proverbs 28:13). Until the homosexual man or woman repents, faithful Christians should have no fellowship with the person and should not even eat with him or her (1 Corinthians 5:10-13; cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15). Further, the statement seems to say that the Methodist Church will serve all people of all sexual practices.

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The Homosexual Movement

In reality, the UMC is increasingly open to this perverse sexual sin. Notice this:

June 26, 2011

Boston Globe: Methodist ministers back gay marriage

by Ben Wolford, The Boston Globe

More than 100 Methodist ministers in New England have pledged to marry gay couples in defiance of the denomination’s national leadership, which maintains a ban on same-sex unions.

Roughly 1 out of 9 Methodist clergy in the region signed a statement this month pledging to open their churches to gay and lesbian couples.[iv]

This points out that the official stance of the denomination is that homosexuality is sinful and wrong, but the practice has spread into both clergymen and membership. Instead of excommunicating these ministers for their sinful ways, they continue on in their destructive path. Here is another report of several years ago:

July 17, 2008

Pastors defy United Methodist officials to conduct gay weddings

by Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times

Scores of United Methodist Church ministers in California are putting their careers on the line in an open revolt against religious edicts that forbid them to conduct weddings for gay and lesbian couples. The pastors could lose their jobs and clerical credentials in the church, the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination. Ministers in Santa Monica, Claremont, Walnut Creek and other cities have already performed ceremonies for gays and lesbians or are planning to do so. In addition, 82 retired pastors in Northern California signed a resolution in June offering to perform such weddings on behalf of ministers who feel they can’t do so themselves.[v]

Thus, this perverse and unnatural sexual sin continues to make inroads in this major denomination. This not limited to the Northeast or California, but is found elsewhere:

June 19, 2011

AP: Some Methodist pastors flout ban on performing same-sex marriage despite threat of discipline

by Dinesh Ramde, The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A growing number of pastors in the United Methodist Church say they’re no longer willing to obey a church rule that prohibits them from officiating at same-sex marriages, despite the potential threat of being disciplined or dismissed from the church.

In some parts of the U.S., Methodist pastors have been marrying same-sex couples or conducting blessing ceremonies for same-sex unions for years with little fanfare and no backlash from the denomination. Calls to overturn the rule have become increasingly vocal in recent weeks, ratcheting up the pressure for the Methodist church to join other mainline Protestant denominations that have become more accepting of openly gay leaders.[vi]

One concern here is whether a church “rule” is being followed or not. But shouldn’t the real concern be whether God has spoken on this matter and whether His Word is clear on the subject?  Some Methodist Churches right now are pressuring the national headquarters to permit sodomite unions (misnamed “marriages”), such as the Green Street UMC in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They have chosen to discontinue regular marriages of men and women until the national ban on same-sex unions is lifted:

Because the United Methodist Church prohibits its pastors from conducting same- sex weddings, excluding gay and lesbian couples from the holy sacrament of marriage, the Leadership Council has asked the pastor to refrain from conducting wedding ceremonies in our sanctuary for straight couples, until the denomination lifts its ban for same-sex couples.[vii]

This childish and belligerent posture runs counter to the express teaching of Scripture.  The Bible is not unclear about God’s will regarding this sexual sin. The Law of Moses says that homosexuality is an “abomination” just as bestiality is a “perversion” (Leviticus 18:22-23). In fact, homosexuality is “a detestable act” that calls for the death penalty (20:13). One who is a “dog” (a homosexual prostitute) commits “an abomination” when he sins in this way (Deuteronomy 23:18).

In the New Testament, sodomy (or homosexuality) involves “degrading passions” and “unnatural” relationships (Romans 1:26) and “indecent acts” that will receive God’s “penalty” (v. 27), one that is “worthy of death” (v. 32). “Immoral men and homosexuals” commit sins that are “contrary to sound teaching” (1 Timothy 1:10). Fornicators, adulterers, and homosexuals cannot “inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). But, thanks be to God, they can be “washed” of their sins, “sanctified” or set apart from their immorality, and can be “justified” or declared right before God (v. 11).  Instead of accepting the sin of homosexuality (of male or female) and calling these immoral people “gays,” or considering them “married,” a people true to God will not be sucked into an immoral culture but will openly condemn this sin while welcoming those who are willing to repent and walk in purity.[viii]

You may also wish to check further into the United Methodist Church:

[i] The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, 1988, p. 96.

[ii] religioustolerance.org/hom_umc4.htm.

[iii] en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Methodist_Church

[iv] pewforum.org/Religion-News/Methodist- ministers-back-gay-marriage.aspx

[v] pewforum.org/Religion-News/Pastors- defy-United-Methodist-officials-to-conduct -gay-weddings.aspx

[vi]pewforum.org/Religion-News/Some- Methodist-pastors-flout-ban-on- perfo rming-same-sex-marriage- despite-threat-of-discipline.aspx.

[vii] greenstreetchurch. org/public-statement-weddings- green-street-united-meth odist-church/.

[viii] Note particularly, F. LaGard Smith, Sodom’s Second Coming (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 1993); Mike Haley, 101 Frequently Asked Questions about Homosexuality (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2004).

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