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GLORIOUS NEWS: THE UNITED METHODISTS VOTED AGAINST LGBTQ, WILL STICK WITH THE BIBLE

Feb 26, 2019 by

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“Glorious News: The United Methodists Voted Against LGBTQ, Will Stick with the Bible”

By Donna Garner

2.26.19

Today the United Methodist Church (UMC) delegates to the General Conference voted for the Traditional Plan which relates to human sexuality, marriage, and ordination.  The Traditional Plan won 438 to 384. The delegates were divided equally among clergy and lay people.

The Traditional Plan

This plan maintains the current language in the Book of Discipline related to human sexuality, marriage, and ordination.  It also maintains the current structure of the United Methodist Church. 

There are three main components of this plan that are important to note:

  1. There is no change to the current language of the Book of Discipline related to human sexuality, marriage, and ordination.
  2. Provisions are added to the Book of Discipline which enhance accountability of bishops, annual conferences, pastors, and local churches by stipulating stricter enforcement provisions related to the acts of disobedience to the Book of Discipline.
  3. It allows annual conferences or any group of 50 congregations the freedom to form a self-governing church if they are in irreconcilable conflict with the Book of Discipline.

From a long-serving Methodist pastor leading up to the very important vote today:

The UMC is facing the same issues of human sexuality and specifically homosexuality that we are facing in our culture, and every organization or institution that takes a stand against the progressive attitude in our culture will be attacked.  The LGBTQ activists are on the attack to tear down any and every group that opposes their agenda,  and the UMC Discipline says that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. 

But it’s not just the United Methodist Church that’s under attack.  It’s happening in the Presbyterian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Disciples, and Baptist churches.  Some denominations have already compromised their stand, but the United Methodists have not.  So we are being attacked and many of the activists who are waging the attack are not members of the United Methodist Church and they are not professing Christians.  They are secular humanists who are out to destroy every organization that disagrees with their agenda.

…there are liberal/progressive clergy and laity in the United Methodist Church who have been trying to change our Discipline for 30+ years, but their efforts have been rejected every time at every general conference for 30 years…it would be naive for us to think that even if the Traditional Plan is approved (which it was today on 2.26.19), the controversy will not be over. That Plan includes a way for liberal individuals and churches to leave the denomination, but that isn’t their objective.  The LBGTQ activists don’t want to leave our denomination.  They want to change our denomination; and they know if they are defeated this time and get out, they won’t have a voice to attack us at the next general conference and the next and next until they finally win.  They believe they will eventually win because of the changing attitude in our nation toward the homosexual lifestyle.  They may never win, but they will keep trying and creating controversy and doing everything they can to disrupt or destroy the UMC or any church or any organization who stands against their agenda.

The General Conference is composed of an equal number of lay and clergy delegates from United Methodist annual conferences throughout the world.  The most recent General Conference (2016) was attended by 864 delegates.  The General Conference meets every 4 years to receive, discuss, and vote on petitions and resolutions that result in a revised edition of the United Methodist Book of Discipline (our denomination’s book of law), and The Book of Resolutions (our denominations policies related to current social issues).

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IMPORTANT RESOURCE ARTICLES:

11.11.19 — “Open Letter to Texas House Member Garnet Coleman: Medical Facts About LGBTQ Lifestyle” — By Donna Garner – EdViews.orghttp://www.educationviews.org/open-letter-to-texas-house-member-garnet-coleman-medical-facts-about-lgbtq-lifestyle/

1.29.19 – “Texas Mother To Force Healthy 6-Yr-Old Son To Undergo Chemical Castration” — By Chief Editor, Explain Life

1.26.19 – “Texas transgender bills to ‘ban Christianity’ in Texas? — By Michael F. Haverluck – OneNewsNow

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