Conservative United Methodist group endorses 'amicable separation' over LGBT debate
A theologically conservative group has endorsed a plan for ‚Äúamicable separation‚ÄĚ for The United Methodist Church due to the denomination‚Äôs ongoing debate over LGBT issues.
Over the past several years, the UMC has experienced increasingly divisive debates over the church body‚Äôs official stance against homosexuality, gay marriage, and the ordination of noncelibate homosexual clergy.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association released a statement last Thursday expressing their leadership‚Äôs support for the Indianapolis Plan for Amicable Separation, a proposal that will be considered at the UMC General Conference next year....
It would be good to keep in mind a graph showing the membership decline in all Methodist Churches, and alongside that line sloping down, similar declines for Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Lutherans, etc (all the 'mainline' denominations.) Then it would be good to show how much real estate is involved with these churches, and how that value is important in understanding any discussion of a split in the church. You also have to see the Table of Organization for this church that would show who reports to who, who pays what amount to who, etc. You also have colleges involved in this complicated web. Any discussion of a split in this huge and complicated, real-estate-rich entity has got to include all these factors. Because, in the end, the theology is one thing, but what really matters is the money, so just 'follow the money'
""‚ÄúSplitting the UMC into two groups of ‚ÄėTraditional‚Äô and ‚ÄėCentrist/Progressive‚Äô is a pretty broad paint stroke of assumption""
= "Traditional versus Centrist/Progressive??
Biblical vs Liberalist UnBiblical.
Christian vs Satanic/Abominable.
Doctrinal vs Unnatural (Rom 1:26)
Righteousness vs Fornication.
Normal vs Sodom and Gomorrah.
Bible Believer vs Rom 1:31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them."