Is the flame of the Methodist Church about to sputter out? The news out of Fort Worth, Texas from the general conference of the United Methodist church is not good.
For almost a generation now the denomination has “debated” the inclusion of homosexuals in the ministry and unfortunately there was no definitive decision on the matter this year. That points to one thing: homosexual activists within the organization are gaining strength and inevitably will overtake —and overthrow— the denomination. Not only are the Methodists falling to gay christian error, now transgender (men/women who have had sex changes) have joined the fight against biblical truth and are now demanding their rights.
While the pressure was intense, Christianity Today reported that delegates voted down an attempt to remove language in the Book of Discipline which deems homosexuality “incompatible” with Christianity.
The United Methodist Church held to its traditional rules on homosexuality Wednesday (April 30), refusing to support or celebrate same-sex unions and maintaining language that calls homosexual activity “incompatible with Christian teaching.”
While many Methodists gathered here acknowledged sharp disagreement within their church on sexuality and biblical interpretation, delegates voted down efforts that would reflect that division in church rules or social policies.
A measure to remove the “incompatible” phrase and replace it with a mandate to “refrain from judgment regarding homosexual persons and practices as the Spirit leads us to new insight” was defeated 517 to 416.
Only a hundred votes separated the dissenting groups.
Another protest tactic seems to be developing as the gcm pressures weary denominations to give up and allow them control. Homosexuals are now “getting married” at meetings to protest attempts to keep them out of leadership. 200 people attended a lesbian wedding at a park across the street from where the Methodist conference was being held. Gay bishop Vickie Gene Robinson plans to marry his male partner at this year’s Lamberth Conference in London despite being asked not to attend.
A sad day indeed for the church in America. We are watching the wanton dismantling of once great institutions by foul spirits of every type.
UPDATE: Be sure to read Neil’s post about the conference and about his pastor who spoke out very eloquently in defense of the gospel truth. Neil is a member of the UMC in Texas.