December 20, 2018

Seven Ways the Liberal Bishops’ Plan WOULD Impact Non-American United Methodists

11 Responses to Seven Ways the Liberal Bishops’ Plan WOULD Impact Non-American United Methodists

  1. William says:

    This “plan” confirms that Satan is alive and well as he and his children work to destroy the UMC.

  2. Pudentiana says:

    Thank you for this helpful analysis. When the serpent spoke to Eve, he was so crafty. That is the same “craft” we can perceive in the One Church Plan. It is hard to believe that UMC bishops can be so easily deluded. But then, Eve wanted that apple badly and her pride was so strong.

  3. big dave says:

    As for me and my family, we’ll just follow the Lord at another church

  4. binkyxz3 says:

    The implementation processes for the OCP form a psychological minefield for traditionalists. An effort to re-establish the Book of Discipline “homosexuality is evil” doctrine will be labelled as regressive and the individuals as anti-gay. This will be played out in public and shame will be the liberals’ primary weapon. A similar fate awaits decisions about homosexual leadership and same-sex “weddings.”
    This is a classic fait accompli — the OCP, by undermining the Book of Discipline, insures a predictable reaction from the traditionalists; setting them up to be driven from the church. One need look no further than current political tactics to see this labelling-vilification-shaming model.
    On the 25% leaving if the BoD is changed (mentioned in point #3), I do not see that as positive at all. For such a serious, binary choice, isn’t the expected response close to 95%? I believe the liberals look at those proportions and say, “Yay, we’ve already won over or intimidated 70% of them.”

  5. Carol Tatum says:

    Manipulative political tactics employed by pro-gay people aside, I will be leaving UMC, my beloved church, if anything other than the Traditional Plan is implemented. How sad as my genealogy goes back to an itinerant preacher appointed by Bishop Francis Asbury in the 18th c. riding horseback through the colonies to spread God’s Word. For me to have to leave my beloved denomination is extremely upsetting to me. If the Traditional Plan is not kept, I will have no other choice.

    • William says:

      Same here. The Wesleyan Covenant Association is the “fall back plan” if the “‘one’ church plan” passes. Traditional/Wesleyan Methodism will continue.

    • Dave says:

      Thanks for your honest and sorrowful comment, Carol. The sadness that will come over UMC will stretch to almost every congregation. Difficult days for us are ahead.

  6. Skipper says:

    It’s really critical that the Traditional Plan be passed, with an exit plan for the dissenters. Jesus was a moral person and we must follow Him. Those who disagree have not only taken the low road, but they are keeping people from taking the high road.

    It’s like Jesus told the Pharisees in Matthew 23:13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” NIV

  7. Bill says:

    The fact that we’re even debating whether or not homosexuality is a sin shows that the Methodist church is a Liberal Action Committee, not a church that is spreading God’s Word. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. Pray for homosexuals and their supporters.

  8. Bartum says:

    If the US UMC insists that homosexuality should be accepted in the church, then the African delegates and those from nations that traditionally practiced polygamy should insist on polygamists being welcomed into the church.

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