U.S. Methodists Preparing for Leap Over the Cliff
Following in the now well-established tradition of self-destruction, the Methodist Church readies its strategy as it prepares to jump off the cliff. .
The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline, which outlines church regulations, is explicit in noting that marriage is confined to one man and one woman. The official church rules on matrimony read, “We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman,” with pastors falling under strict guidelines.
“While persons set apart by the Church for ordained ministry are subject to all the frailties of the human condition and the pressures of society, they are required to maintain the highest standards of holy living in the world,” the rules read. “The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.”
Does that wording seem hard to understand to you? We can strip it down further and take out the inbetween words and commas. We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant between a man and a woman. Not much wiggle room there but in true pointy hat fashion, the Council of Bishops has voted to FORM A COMMITTEE to discuss the issue.
We mere pewsitters who have lived through the Anglican Wars can intrepret that bishop speak for you poor unsuspecting Methodists. They are going to punt the ball into the middle of the court where they can pander to both sides of the debate. Two years will give them time to fully cover their butts while the rebel clergy take matters into their own hands and make it a fait accompli. These poor bishopy souls will play the victim as they stand before their bewildered membership and state they could not undo what was done and felt it was best to just move into this century.
Meyer, pastor of Edgerton United Methodist Church in Edgerton, Kansas, told the congregation, “At last I am choosing to serve in that role with full authenticity and as my genuine self — as a woman who loves and shares my life with another woman.”
And last year, the Rev. Michael Tupper of Parchment United Methodist Church in Parchment, Michigan, was reportedly involved in a wedding ceremony last year for the Rev. Benjamin Hutchinson, a gay pastor.
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