‘SODOMITES’, according to one comment beneath a Christian News Network report on an unholy row within the United Methodist Church (UMC), are to blame for a proposal that would split the church in two.
The split would see homophobic “traditionalists” bugger off to form their own denomination.
An outraged Louis Wallace wrote beneath the report:
Why is that the traditionalists have to turn their church over to the Sodomites? The UMC voted DOWN the LGBTQ agenda.
One man who has the answer is Adam Hamilton, above, who leads United Methodist Church of the Resurrection of Leawood, Kansas. He says that LGBT-affirming churches within the UMC are in the majority, so if any churches needs to leave it’s those that are crammed with bigots.
Hamilton’s group is believed to be the largest in the UMC, with 22,000 members and four locations, and is openly homosexual-affirming on its website, offering a ‘LGBT Ministry’ and a ‘LGBT and Allies Community Group.’
As things stand within the UMC there is an “impasse” on the issue of homosexuality, and on Friday a proposal was put forward to mutually agree for “traditionalist” United Methodists to leave and form their own denomination.
That would allow the progressives to remove the biblical prohibition on homosexuality as encompassed in the Book of Discipline and thus allow for same-sex marriages in churches and the ordination of homosexual clergy.
Hamilton said the proposal is one of two up for consideration – the other of which would conversely result in the departure of the homosexual-affirming entities to form their own denomination.
We would allow traditionalists to be able to leave with their property, and to provide funds to help them start a new denomination.
With the “traditionalists” gone, Hamilton stated, it would then pave the way to allow those remaining to vote to change the United Methodist Book of Discipline to eliminate any verbiage characterising homosexuality as being contrary to Christianity.
It would consequently also eliminate the prohibition against same-sex marriage in United Methodist churches and the officiating of such services anywhere by clergy, as well as the proscription on clergy engaging in the sin of homosexuality.
The move “would basically remove all of the negative language around human sexuality,” Hamilton said.
Currently, our Book of Discipline says that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. We would be removing that.
“The United Methodist Church and its members are at an impasse, the Church’s witness and mission is being impeded, and the Church itself as well as its members have been injured,” the proposal reads, suggesting that the split must occur because the “Church” and its work is being harmed otherwise.
The move comes after the majority of delegates worldwide voted in favour of the “Traditional Plan” during a special session of the General Conference last February, striking down the “Simple Plan” and the “One Church Plan.” Delegates on both sides of the issue ardently provided their views, with some breaking out in song after the final result and others protesting.
Jerry Kulah of the Africa Initiative Coalition declared.
The Traditional Plan is not only traditional but biblical; it ensures God’s word remains foundational to the life and growth of the UMC. I submit we love our LGBTQ friends [by upholding the Bible].
Also opposing any move to accept same-sex unions in the UMC is Zimbabwe’s Rev Forbes Matonga, above, who warned in this video that this would be “in opposition to African culture” and would generate negative headlines and cause Zimbabweans to abandon the denomination. It would also put the church in direct conflict with the law of the land which criminalises homosexuality.Matonga is a pastor at the Nyadire Mission Center in Zimbabwe.
According to Fox News, 43 percent of delegates were from overseas, with the majority being from Africa. Africans were strongly in support of the “Traditional Plan.”
During his comments to the media on Friday, Hamilton pointed to a previous split among Methodists over the issue of slavery, stating that it used to be the Methodist Episcopal Church, but those in the south defended slavery while those in the north believed that it was not “God’s will or God’s plan.”
A reporter who said she was playing “devil’s advocate” asked what he would say to those who note that Scripture characterises homosexuality as being an offence to God. Hamilton claimed that the Bible makes slavery seem permissible and that some text should be read in its cultural context.
In the Torah, you are told that you can beat your slaves with rods [and] as long as they don’t die within 24 hours, there’s no penalty because the slaves are property. And nobody today thinks that’s okay, but at the time, they did.
For many of us, we believe – when it comes to human sexuality – that the handful of verses that talk about stoning a gay man don’t reflect God’s will and purposes for human beings. And instead, God wills for us to be faithful to one another and to love one another. When the biblical authors were speaking about homosexuality, they were talking about what was going on in their time and their understanding of human sexuality.
Hamilton estimates that, should the proposal pass, as many as 25 percent of churches currently within the UMC will leave, and mostly in the south. The UMC would pay millions to the traditionalists as a part of the severance agreement.
A vote is expected during the General Conference in May.
Back in 2017 “traditionalist” Paul T Stallsworth, pastor of Whiteville United Methodist Church in Whiteville, North Carolina accused the progressives of waging “a kind of insurrection against the larger church.”
Gay and lesbian clergy have ‘come out’ Clergy have presided at same-sex services. Progressives have urged ordination committees in their annual conferences to ignore matters of sexual morality. Some have persuaded their annual conferences to declare that they would live in ‘nonconformity’ – that is, they would not conform to the doctrine and discipline on sexual morality established by the General Conference.
Most significantly, they have elected an admitted lesbian, in a committed relationship, to the office of bishop. All of these provocative actions have drawn much attention both inside and outside the church.
Earlier, in 1999, the Rev Greg Dell, above, “a champion of inclusion” was put on trial by a jury of 13 Methodist ministers for conducting a same-sex ceremony a year earlier. They voted 10 to 3 to suspend him indefinitely, making him the first Methodist minister in the US the to be penalised for the violation.
The action followed a restriction, adopted by the 1996 General Conference, that no United Methodist clergy should conduct such religious ceremonies, since at that time there was no legal marriage for same-sex couples in the United States. A complaint about Dell’s action was filed with the Northern Illinois Annual Conference, the region unit that included Dell’s congregation.
Dell, who died in 2016, was best known for his ministry at Broadway United Methodist Church in the heart of Chicago’s gay community which says:
We are black, brown, red, yellow, white, and all the colors of God’s created rainbow. We are lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, and straight. We are transgender, intersex, female, male, gender fluid. We are queer. We are questioning. We are every age. We are every ability. We are every economic & theological location. We are YOU.
His suspension was eventually reduced to one year.