One of the premier scholars of the United Methodist seminary world offers his thoughts on why the UMC, despite all of its problems, is still worth staying within.
Just the facts about the geographically imbalanced distribution of bishops, and consequent denominational influence, within the United Methodist Church.
The Pacific Northwest Conference escalates its history of demanding “autonomy” from the United Methodist Church. What does this mean for the rest of the denomination?
H.R. 417’s sponsoring congressmen say three massacres have taken place in India and victims of these massacres have not received justice. The background section of the legislation states that in some cases state security forces were involved in the massacres.
A key pro-homosexuality strikingly admits “the brute facts” that trying to persuade the majority of United Methodists “won’t work.”
“In my 20 years of service to God, I have never seen such trials as these. Since the (Muslim) Seleka (faction) came to the country, even the Muslims who whom we have always lived in peace have turned against us. They are now aggressive toward us,” he stated.
The pastor also added: “These rebels are raping our daughters and murdering our people. We know of cases where people have been locked in their homes and burned alive. Everyone trying to escape was shot dead.”
The pastor tells Open Doors USA the central African nation is “seeing the early signs of genocide.”
UMC Bishop Scott Jones has made clear his firm commitment to upholding the denomination’s biblical policies on sexual morality, and that he will not be intimidated by the mass-disobedience campaign to undermine the church.
“Kazakhstan, once a leader in Central Asia on freedom of religion or belief, is a leader no more,” said Robert P. George, Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. “Highly restrictive laws have damaged Kazakhstan’s international standing and have resulted in many Kazakh’s citizens religious freedoms being violated.”
Barnabas Aid reports that although the constitution of India guarantees religious freedom for all citizens, radical Hindu extremists have been targeting Christians.