United Methodists choose orthodoxy

Mar 1, 2019 by

Church history made before our eyes, by Albert Mohler “Despite its basic theological liberalism, the UMC made history this week by upholding a biblical ethic on sexual morality. The General Conference sustained its biblical standards on marriage as an exclusive union between one man and one woman and rejected the LGBTQ revolution. This has never happened before and thus history was made. A mainline Protestant denomination long characterized by theological liberalism defeated the LGBTQ...

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Church History Made Before Our Eyes

Mar 1, 2019 by

by Albert Mohler: United Methodists Make History, Affirm Biblical Standards of Sexuality. Church history spans two millennia—2,000 years of recorded experience. The weight of that history is heavy and humbling. Seen in that light, it takes a really big event to rank as historical, even as it happens. Such an event happened within the last seven days. In St. Louis Missouri, the United Methodist Church met for a special General Conference to answer unavoidable questions central to the sexual...

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A way forward? Reflections on a new report from the United Methodist Church

Oct 18, 2018 by

by Martin Davie, Reflections of an Anglican Theologian: Introduction. At the end of July a report was issued by a commission of the United Methodist Church (hereafter the UMC) setting out possible ways forward for the church to enable it to overcome its present divisions on the issue of human sexuality. This report will be of interest to Anglicans as an example of how Christians from another tradition are attempting to address the same divisions over sexuality that are being experienced within...

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What schism means

Oct 6, 2018 by

On the UMC and the issue of schism, by Ben Witherington, Patheos. […] perhaps it would be useful to talk about what the term schism actually means, theologically and ethically speaking. First, a little historical perspective. Denominationalism is a post-Reformation notion, largely conjured up by the Protestant movement. It is not a Biblical idea, nor will you find its equivalent in the literature of the early Church Fathers. And when there has been talk about schism in the early church (for...

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Aldersgate Day, 24th May

May 24, 2018 by

From Britannica Online: […] Following his father’s death in April 1735, John Wesley was persuaded by an Oxford friend, John Burton, and Col. James Oglethorpe, governor of the colony of Georgia in North America, to oversee the spiritual lives of the colonists and to missionize the Indians as an agent for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. Accompanied by Charles, who was ordained for this mission, John was introduced to some Moravian emigrants who appeared to him to possess the...

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“Reconciling” United Methodist Churches Lose Members

Mar 31, 2018 by

by Esther Chung, Juicy Ecumenism: Sexual morality is one of the most controversial and most widely discussed issues in our society today. Churches are not immune from related controversies. Within the United Methodist Church, the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN) has urged the denomination to stray from biblical teachings on marriage. The unofficial group of United Methodists now known as RMN emerged in 1982 to advocate for the gay and lesbian community. It alsolaunched a decades-long,...

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