With so many of their peers in the Anglican communion rolling over and playing dead on the incendiary issue of so-called gay christians, I’m sure it takes a lot for the few brave leaders to stand up and say no to the madness.
The Christian Post reported last week that Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, made clear that UMC’s ban on noncelibate gay clergy still stands.
To be clear, I do not endorse any form of acceptance of so-identified homosexual clergy. The only advice for them is to repent and return to submissive obedience to the will of God. And only then, can they be considered for leadership in God’s church. Even to identify oneself as a gay christian is an abomination. Nevertheless, the Methodists may very well be the next to fall into the chasm of apostasy as there exists but a razor thin line between acceptance and tolerance of homosexual clergy.
The reason for Palmer’s open rejection of the ELCA’s decision was to clarify a new full communion agreement between the two denominations.
“Our Book of Discipline on that subject did not become null and void when they took that vote,” said Palmer, according to the United Methodist News Service. “It still applies to United Methodist clergy.”
Palmer was referring to the highly publicized vote last week by the chief legislative body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to approve a resolution allowing gays and lesbians in “life-long, monogamous, same gender relationships” to be ordained.
The controversial vote took place a day after ELCA delegates overwhelmingly adopted a full communion agreement with The United Methodist Church.
Full communion is not tantamount to a merger, church officials said. Instead, under the pact each church acknowledges the other as a partner in the Christian faith, recognizes the authenticity of each other’s baptism and Eucharist, and is committed to working together toward greater unity.
The two denominations also express mutual recognition of ordained ministers for service in either church, according to the agreement. Some UMC leaders have already expressed eagerness to share clergy in underserved areas, as reported by the United Methodist News Service.
Although the agreement recognizes full interchangeability of all ordained ministers, UMC congregations will not be accepting partnered homosexuals from the ELCA.
Again, note that the Methodists are saying they will not accept “partnered” homosexual clergy. That is based on the presumption that said individuals are in active sexual relationships. But it does infer that “non-partnered” or celibate homosexuals will be accepted. This convoluted logic proved to be the beginning of the end of the ELCA.
That was the case with gay cleric Bradley Schmelling in Atlanta who became the gay Lutherans poster boy for apostasy. Schmelling argued that he was in compliance with the policy when he was single. Then he found a boyfriend, so as a good pastor he should be allowed to keep his both his boyfriend and his church.
In 2007, when the Lutherans removed his name his name from the roster of Lutheran pastors, Schmelling appealed and became the catalyst for the recent decision.
I keep warning these denominations. Homosexual clergy are simply biding their time, waiting for internal negative sentiment to erode in their favor. And when you try to remove them based on your unbiblical policies and hypocritical positions (allowing other sexual sinners in office, dont ask dont tell), what happened to the Lutherans, Episcopalians and eventually the Methodists will happen to you.
This isnt a flesh and blood fight, but we cannot be spiritually naive. Satan is using these people to infiltrate and destroy the work of God.
And he [Jesus] taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves. Mark 11:17
Resources: Healthy Church, Strong Church Consulting