Traditionalists decrying a lack of respect for Scripture have lamented that United Methodist evangelism lately has consisted mainly of spreading the social gospel of good works rather than the spiritual freedom of The Great Commission. In more than 18 months, only a couple stories of well over a thousand on the daily UM News feed have reported people accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior.
ChristianPost.com reports that
The United Methodist Church, the third-largest Christian sect in the United States, took another step toward schism over their longstanding debate on LGBT issues when theological conservatives recently unveiled their plan for a new denomination.
Known as the Global Methodist Church, it was the product of the 17-member Transitional Leadership Council, a group of theologically conservative United Methodists.
The Wesleyan Covenant Association, a conservative United Methodist advocacy group, announced the launching of the GMC on March 1, explaining that it will not officially begin operations until a formal separation policy is approved by the UMC.
“Theologically conservative United Methodists have made no secret of their efforts to form a new church,” stated the WCA in the announcement.
“In late 2018, the Wesleyan Covenant Association created a Next Steps Working Group to begin drafting its own ‘Book of Doctrines and Discipline’ outlining essential theological confessions and governing structures for a new church’s consideration.”
The creators of the GMC and other United Methodists are holding off further action until the results of the next churchwide legislative meeting, known as the General Conference.
Due largely to the coronavirus pandemic, the global denomination has had to postpone the legislative meeting multiple times, with it presently being scheduled to take place Aug. 29 – Sept. 6, 2022, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On the agenda for General Conference 2022 will be a proposal to fund and create at least one new separate denomination for those who no longer want to remain in the UMC.
Before I begin, please allow me to be honest with you.
I left the United Methodist Church at the age of 39, when I realized that, thanks to those in control of the denomination, whose headquarters was in the Northeast, some parts of the UMC were beginning to value secularism more than it did the Word of God.
How did I come to that conclusion?
I walked into a Sunday School class and a theology student was teaching out of a book titled, “Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalists”.
While I hated to leave the Choir Director whom I had sang under for 20 years, like Belshazzar, I saw the writing upon the wall.
That was over 20 years ago.
Now, after a long journey down a road filled with Liberals’ “religion of social justice”, the United Methodist Church is about to pay for following the word of man instead of the Word of God..
Right now, I can hear the Liberals who read my posts in order to raise their blood pressure beyond their usual catharsis, saying,
Well, what’s wrong with embracing the lifestyle of the LGBT “community” and allowing them to have leadership roles and to get married within the church?
Christ loved and embraced everyone.
Indeed He did.
Jesus was often found in the company of sinners…but not because He accepted their sins. He was with them because he loved them and loathed their sin. He was there to redeem them through His Loving Grace, so that they might repent and find salvation through Him.
When secular idolatry and popular culture is worshiped and celebrated, instead of Jesus Christ’s victory on the cross through His Blood as the expiation for the sins of the whole world, those who believe that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God have a decision to make: either stay and worship man’s word or attend a Bible-believing Church.
While Evangelicals, such as myself, welcome all sinners, including gays, into our churches, we do so because we view the church as a “Hospital for Sinners”, which we all are.
The Good News is that we are all sinners saved by His Grace and, as Christians, we are not perfect…just FORGIVEN.
Liberals, through their “religion of social justice”, view the church as the latest “Shrine in which to Worship Political Correctness”.
The problem with their belief is that God always has the last word.
Remember Sodom and Gomorrah?
Until He Comes,
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