Will MN Methodist conference become next battleground?

GC0432T_GC86_468WIt took decades of internal deterioration before the Episcopal church finally ordained its first and second homosexual bishops. Pat Robertson said that decision proved the American Episcopal Church has ceased to function as a church of Christ. And after a similar struggle, the Lutherans followed suit with full approval of homosexual clergy.  Monumental changes now, but make no mistake it began with small challenges somewhere. Many denominations (pentecostal ones included) have progay factions in it which are working at different levels to change church law and biblical perspectives on sexuality. Some groups are operating covertly while others are openly and aggressively fighting church doctrine.

It certainly doesn’t help that more and more “leaders” sell out continue to capitulate to antichrist elements within the church. The result will be total collapse of biblical morality and the ingress of full apostasy in Christian identified denominations. You heard it here first: acceptance and justification of homosexual clergy or members is the benchmark for incurable spiritual disease in the church.

In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 21:25. Read the entire chapter for what was happening “in those days”.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that homosexual church activists are ratcheting up their push to overtake the Methodist Church.

The ELCA spent a decade arguing over the matter before it voted last summer to recognize gay and lesbian ministers who are involved in monogamous relationships. The United Methodists aren’t anywhere close to taking a similar vote; the best description of their situation is that they are thinking about thinking about it.

At its meeting next month, the Minnesota Annual Conference has agreed to accept eight petitions dealing with the church’s stance on homosexuality. But conference officials aren’t promising that the petitions will reach the floor. They will be debated “if there is time.”

The petitions address specific clauses in church law. They include lifting the ban on gay preachers, deleting the word “heterosexual” from the definition of marriage and removing the statement, “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching.”

Regardless of how the petitions fare, nothing will happen soon. Church law cannot be changed on a state level, and the national conference, which meets every four years, doesn’t reconvene until 2012. In fact, if the petitions fail to make it to the floor, supporters can reintroduce them at next year’s state conference.

Its unclear if those who opposed homosexual ordination in fallen denominations pushed back aggressively enough. Perhaps they underestimated the resolve of those obsessed with turning the church gay. That’ seems to be what the article suggests in part (i.e. “nothing will happen soon”). Unfortunately, all it takes for these groups to succeed is time and the passive complicity of church leaders.

photo credit:  Paul Jeffrey

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8 thoughts on “Will MN Methodist conference become next battleground?

  1. Wow. The devil’s got a hold of the Anglicans, the Presbyterians, the Lutherans on this issue…. and it looks he’s got the Methodists in his sights now.

    Amazing, but not surprising. They’re just falling like dominoes. You just wonder which will be the first Pentecostal denomination to buckle under. (The very thought seemed unthinkable to me a few years ago, but it’s not so unthinkable now.) Sad.

  2. Observer, Ive got some really good hunches about the pentecostal ones, but I will reserve until I have evidence.

    Concerned saints should start questioning their leaders now, not later to get an idea about where their denomination will end up on this issue.

    The Methodists should have never even accepted those 8 petitions. Like the old song says Dont let the devil ride. If you let him ride, he’ll wanna be your guide. Dont let him ride.

    Any Methodist pastors reading this, dont wait until homosexual activists have taken over your denomination and run it into apostasy.

  3. Well, Pastor Foster..let’s be real…

    The black church has always been accepting of homosexuals. However, only behind closed doors….I’ve been in the black church my whole life…and yes my sexual orientation is a known fact but as long as I do parade around in the gay flag..no one seems to care…

    “Don’t Ask Don’t tell” originated in the black church..especially among gospel artist and preachers..

    I see all of this as normal progression towards what is right…

    Min. Antwoine

  4. I agree the religious version of “dont ask dont tell” is a black church created abomination. I dont agree its a progression towards what is right. The scriptures paint a very different picture of its progression and inevitable conclusion.

  5. That’s what is good about our God and His Word, it Never changes.

    Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

    Isaiah 40:8The grass withers, the flower fades,
    But the word of our God stands forever.

    Matthew 24:35Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.

    So When God says homosexuality is a sin, it stands forever.

    1 Corinthians 6:8-10

    8But [instead it is you] yourselves who wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren [by so treating them]!

    9Do you not know that the unrighteous and the wrongdoers will not inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived (misled): neither the impure and immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor those who participate in homosexuality,

    10Nor cheats (swindlers and thieves), nor greedy graspers, nor drunkards, nor foulmouthed revilers and slanderers, nor extortioners and robbers will inherit or have any share in the kingdom of God.

    twan86695 said: and yes my sexual orientation is a known fact but as long as I do parade around in the gay flag..no one seems to care

    1 Corinthians 15:33Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”

  6. Pastor Foster, this is unbelievable! What is the level of subversive actvity in the Baptist Church (Southern, National, and Progressive)? Presbytarian? COGIC? Do you have a list of denominations that have already approved and are on the verge?

  7. Wendell, thats a good question. I’ll prepare a list and post it as an addendum to the story.

  8. Having grown up in a real Lutheran church, I just want to ask that you not say ELCA is Lutheran. Sure its in there name, but ask any Missouri Synod Lutheran or Wisconsin Synod Lutheran, and they will tell you they’re not. The broke with doctrine years ago.

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