The United Methodist Are Split Over LGBTQ issue.
In this day of division, at least the church ought to be United right? No. It appears that even the church cannot make up its mind about clear scriptural teaching, even though it’s plainly written. After all, when it comes to sin, God is very clear. I’m sure had the Apostle Paul been around today, he would have written a letter to the United Methodist Church that would have sounded something like this: “It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you…” I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must you’d need to go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such a one no not to eat (1 Cor.5).
Furthermore, Paul would be sure that he warned them that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God. He would tell them that God will not tolerate fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals to enter the Kingdom of God (1 Cor 6:9-11). This is pretty clear. However, there some leaders within the United Methodist movement that see it in a totally different way. According to an article in Fox News, leaders from the United Methodist Church reportedly announced a tentative plan Friday to split the church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.
In this April 19, 2019 file photo, a gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan. A new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows age, education level, and religious affiliation matter greatly when it comes to Americans’ opinions on a prospective clergy member’s sexual orientation, gender, marital status or views on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion (AP)
The division, which has been brewing for years, came to an impasse last May when delegates in St. Louis voted 438-384 to ban gay marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.
A majority of U.S.-based churches opposed the “Traditional Plan” but were outvoted by conservatives in the U.S., Africa, and the Philippines.
Soon after, 16 church representatives determined to break up the church was “the best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the church to remain true to its theological understanding,” Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey of Louisiana said, according to the Times.
“There is a degree of heartbreak within me because I never thought we would reach this point,” New York Bishop Thomas Bickerton said. “However, we are at this point. The differences are irreconcilable. This is inevitable.”
“The Protocol itself says it was developed in service to the General Conference delegates who will decide on its adoption or amendment,” he said. “Other plans may well be considered as alternatives. Significant questions remain to be answered about the Protocol’s implementation. The Judicial Council will need to rule on its constitutionality.”
He added that financial feasibility will also need to be considered before any split.
Is anyone surprised that the church is becoming more like the world? Obviously the Apostle Paul wasn’t. After all, he prophesied it over 2000 years ago. He said, “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that, the Day of the Lord’s return will not come unless the falling away comes first” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). He then proceeds to explain this “falling away” in greater detail.
Paul writes that it will involve the revealing of “the man of sin…the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4). Some man is going to style himself as greater than God, pretending to be God—and people will believe him. Why? Because:
“The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie” (2 Thessalonians 2:9-11).
They will believe a lie. It is an absolute lie to believe that you can live in sin and still think you’re going to heaven. Homosexuality is just as much a sin as adultery. This idea of same-sex marriage has not changed in the eyes of God. And if we are to be saved by God’s amazing love and His provision, then we must turn away from sin, and cling to his only begotten son, Jesus Christ for our salvation.