Another Half Million Reportedly Exit United Methodism

Jun 14, 2024 by

by Mark Tooley, Juicy Ecumenism:

Reportedly United Methodism in Nigeria, early this month, voted unanimously to leave The United Methodist Church in response to the denomination’s liberalizing on sexuality last month.  According to 2022 data, there are nearly 600,000 United Methodists in Nigeria.  The Nigerian United Methodist website claims 1 million members.

That same United Methodist 2022 data reported 1.2 million members in Ivory Coast, which voted May 28 to exit United Methodism.  On May 30, the Rwanda Provisional Annual Conference also voted to leave the United Methodist Church. In 2022 it has 4,469 members. Since the 2024 United Methodist General Conference, which adjourned May 3, deleted the church’s traditional sexuality standards, 1.8 million church members in Africa have exited United Methodism, based on 2022 data, if the report of Nigeria’s vote is accurate.  At least several million more church members remain in Africa, whose plans are not yet apparent.

According to one document, 912 delegates met June 1 at Jalingo, Taraba State, in Nigeria, for a special called meeting of the United Methodist Episcopal Area of Nigeria, which includes four conferences, under Bishop John Wesley Johanna.

Their reportedly unanimous resolution said United Methodism has adopted “cultural values divergent from our own” and “prioritizes the LGBTQ community over the traditional beliefs held by many in Nigeria.”  The Nigerians, “standing on the true Word of God,” voted to “leave the United Methodist Church pending the determination of litigations.” United Methodism’s governing General Conference, April 23-May 3, deleted the denomination’s specific disapproval of adultery, premarital/extramarital sex, and homosexual behavior from its Book of Discipline.

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