Methodists, split on LGBTQ issues, are at a crossroads
When Pastor Ross Johnson preached from the Book of Exodus last Sunday, he wasn‚Äôt just delivering a standard sermon. He was risking his livelihood.
It was a risk he was willing to take, as he spoke at ‚ÄúQueer Resistance,‚ÄĚ a service he and other LGBTQ clergy organized in defiance of the United Methodist Church‚Äôs recent vote to reinforce its ban on gay clergy and same-sex marriage.
‚ÄúOh, Lord, hear me when I cry out in anger ‚ÄĒ angry that others may believe that I, a queer minister, am anathema,‚ÄĚ Johnson told about 200 congregants seated in a circle inside Old West Church near the base of Beacon Hill. ‚ÄúOh, Lord, hear me when I cry out in fear, fearing the loss of my career and my first parish, the loss of my church, of all that I hold dear, and all that we know. Oh, Lord, hear me when I scream that I cannot take it anymore.‚ÄĚ...
Thanks CGP. I believe in social justice. However, I don‚Äôt believe it exists today, nor that man will ever bring it about. When Christ establishes His kingdom on earth, there will be perfect social justice‚ÄĒnot a multi-tiered system where some people are punished for little or nothing while others literally get away with murder, but true justice with no respect of persons. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Dr Tim, the abbreviation that Wayfarer used, TGC, refers to ‚ÄúThe Gospel Cialition‚ÄĚ, a somewhat leftist social justice orientated evangelical group that does believe in gospel preaching, but seeks to marry it with social justice, slightly liberal leanings in other moral issues, etc., or otherwise, an unfortunate compromise. Many of the leading lights in the SBC, some IFB Baptist‚Äôs, and some new-Reformed churches are involved with it and it is known for its major conferences, sponsored books, etc.
As long as the SBC dips from the TGC well as being ‚Äúgood water ‚Äú, the more the chances the SBC will be at a crossroad. With Tim Keller inc, you will have a devided denomination. The reform Baptist‚Äôs churches that are opening up here locally have women deacons, welcome homosexual couples ( for evangelical discussions ) , snicker at old fundamentalist ( that was then, this is now , Grampa), many are pro evolutionist college faculty members who teach at the pulpit ,they preach a talk of an open tent with hill song worship time, and every Sunday is Lord supper Sunday. But the great news is we will have the distinction of knowing the difference, and with that Praise God.