Eight current and former bishops of the United Methodist Church have signed a statement supporting an end to the ‚Äúcurrent form of unity‚ÄĚ for the denomination due to its yearslong debate on LGBT issues.
Over the past several years, the UMC has had divisive debate over whether to keep its current stance, as laid out in the Book of Discipline, defining homosexuality as ‚Äúincompatible with Christian teaching.‚ÄĚ
This position includes a ban on the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals and a refusal to allow clergy to officiate same-sex marriages.
Although proposals to remove the language fail every four years at General Conference, opponents of the stance continue to increasingly resist the Book of Discipline rules on homosexuality....
Gal 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,"
UMC should note "lusteth 'AGAINST' the Spirit" - Thus powerful desire against. These are enemies of each other, opposed to each other. Good versus evil.
And note the word 'CONTRARY' - to be Opposite and against.
Also the result described in V18 "fornication" (GK:- porneia) means - "illicit sexual intercourse" Such as - adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals etc."
It seems there are people in the UMC (like the Anglicans/Episcopalians) who find excuses for the abominable sin of the sodomite. They therefore are denying the Christian doctrine of Repentance of sin. Literally they have become a "church?" who sends people to hell and damnation. The "toleration" of sin.
This of course is satanic Liberalism a poisonous plague in the church and society.
1John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the TRUTH IS NOT IN US."
https://tinyurl.com/jekd4zb (United Methodists at the End of the Mainline) it is time for the Methodist Church to divide between those who want to follow something of what Scripture says and those who don't excerpt from the above, written in 1998
William J. Abraham wrote: he United Methodist Church stands at a critical moment. Founded in 1968 at a time of ecumenical enthusiasm and euphoria, it now harbors within it forces that threaten to destroy it as a single body. Those forces did not arise overnight; indeed they stretch back into the parent bodies that merged to form United Methodism. Three groups, the liberals, radicals, and conservatives, are finding their uneasy compromise difficult to maintain.
It has long been agreed that United Methodism is a coalition of diverse conviction and opinion, having been formed under the banner of theological pluralism. Church leaders took the view in the 1970s that the core identity of United Methodism, if there was one at all, was located in commitment to the Methodist Quadrilateral (Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience), and that this not only permitted but in fact sanctioned and fostered doctrinal pluralism....