San Francisco's former United Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert gave a sermon at the denomination's global conference last year, urging pastors to defy church law by performing same-sex wedding ceremonies.
On Saturday, Talbert answered that call himself, performing a ceremony for parishioners Bobby Prince and Joe Openshaw near Birmingham, Ala.
Church leaders predict that Talbert's action will aggravate a conflict between conservative and liberal factions of the United Methodist Church - one of the last mainline Protestant denominations that bans same-sex marriage....
Thomas the Doubter wrote: The UMC is not a Church, this man is not a Christian and there is no such thing as gay marriage. Call a spade a spade...
It states right in the article that the United Methodist Church is one of the last remaining Mainline Protestant Churches that bans homosexual marriage. You are correct that this Methodist minister in the article is not a Christian if he supports homosexual marriage. But you are wrong by stating the United Methodist Church is not a Church. John Wesley who founded the Methodist Church called it a Church. Wesley was a Christian.
Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. 8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities."
Wesley's commentary; Verse 7. The cities which gave themselves over to fornication - The word here means, unnatural lusts. Are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire - That is, the vengeance which they suffered is an example or a type of eternal fire. Verse 8. In like manner these dreamers - Sleeping and dreaming all their lives. Despise authority - Those that are invested with it by Christ, and made by him the overseers of his flock. Rail at dignities - The apostle does not seem to speak of worldly dignities. These they had "in admiration for the sake of gain," ver. 16; but those holy men, who for the purity of their lives, the soundness of their doctrine, and the greatness of their labours in the work of the ministry, were truly honourable before God and all good men; and who were grossly vilified by those who turned the grace of God into lasciviousness." (Wesley)