United Methodists edge toward breakup over LGBT policies
There's at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America's largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.
The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on LGBT-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed that plan and favored LGBT-friendly options, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.
Many believe the vote will prompt an exodus from the church by liberal congregations that are already expressing their dissatisfaction over the move....
Considering that the Free Methodist's and the Wesleyans came out of the Methodist Church one shouldn't be surprised if others will split off from it. One should notice the following comments from the Methodist book of Disciplineâť—đź‘Ž
Methodist Book of Discipline wrote: .... While we acknowledge the primacy of Scripture in theological reflection, our attempts to grasp its meaning always involve traditionâť‡, experience, and reason. Like Scripture, these may become creative vehicles of the Holy Spirit as they function within the Church. They quicken our faith, open our eyes to the wonder of Godâ€™s love, and clarify our understanding.
The Wesleyan heritage, reflecting its origins in the catholic and reformed ethos of English Christianity, directs us to a self-conscious use of these three sources in interpreting Scripture and in formulating faith statements based on the biblical witness. These sources are, along with Scripture, indispensable to our theological task....
--"Book of Discipline: Theological Guidelines: Scripture" https://tinyurl.com/yxncuxfy
âť‡ You should take note of the word "tradition". It is the undoing of the ancestors of the Methodist Church, the Romish and Anglican one. UMC doesn't recognize the absolute Supremacy of Scripture :a
I think the Methodists as a denomination are on their way to oblivion, as noted in the other news story last week about Gallup noting church membership is declining fast. I would like to see a chart showing how the number of Methodists churches have declined over the past 30 yrs, and then show how few people are attending there, just to give a perspective on a story like this.