The Korean Methodist Creed

In discussing Methodist theology with my wife, we were talking about the nature of the Godhead and how the Methodists (more specifically, the United Methodists) might view non-Trinitarians. This subject came up because we were discussing the theological diversity found in the Methodist church, especially since I have ran into a self-pronounced Oneness-Methodist.

Beyond that, though, is the various Methodist creeds, namely that of the Korean Methodist,

We believe in the one God,

creator and sustainer of all things, Father of all nations,
the source of all goodness and beauty, all truth and love.

We believe in Jesus Christ,

God manifest in the flesh,
our teacher, example, and Redeemer, the Savior of the world.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

God present with us for guidance, for comfort, and for strength.

We believe in the forgiveness of sins,

in the life of love and prayer,
and in grace equal to every need.

We believe in the Word of God

contained in the Old and New Testaments
as the sufficient rule both of faith and of practice.

We believe in the church,

those who are united in the living Lord
for the purpose of worship and service.

We believe in the reign of God

as the divine will realized in human society,
and in the family of God,
where we are all brothers and sisters.

We believe in the final triumph of righteousness

and in the life everlasting.

Amen.

You can find a listing of those creeds here.

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Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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22 thoughts on The Korean Methodist Creed

  1. I'm a united methodist (of the nontheistic variety) and I don't mind non-trinitarians. But I believe officially that our denomination does not want anything to do with them. For instance, they do not consider heretical denominations like the mormons as Christian. I'm sure they feel the same way with those that deny the trinity.

  2. I'm not too sure, as I know a few UMC congregations which have reached out to Oneness-Pentecostals for help in pastoring. There is a difference between Mormons and UPC'ers, however.

  3. Joel, there are many UMC pastors who are process theologians. They get by pretending to be “orthodox” like many folks in the mainline. The UMC on paper is orthodox, but has a diversity of theological systems, from evangelical to liberal, and everything in between

  4. I'm thinking more about the “official” policy of the UMC powers-that-be. I've seen/met/read my fair share of unorthodox methodist pastors, including process theologians and universalists. But not unitarians/non-trinitarians. They may reach out to oneness pentecostals, but perhaps they want to bring them back to the trinitarian fold? They do share a common history of pietism / holiness and arminianism.

  5. I don't know if allowing a UPCer to pastor a UMC congregation is reaching out to them, Q. But, you are correct, you can trace most pentecostals, at least in the States, back to the Wesleys.

    Methodism does contain a large swath of theological viewpoints, and perhaps, sometimes, that is a good thing.

  6. Simply John and Charles were Trinitarian, both Churchman and Evangelical orthodox, though Anglican therein, i.e. Arminian evangelical. Anything else is simply not really “Methodist” in the Wesleyan tradition.

  7. No Joel,

    That's the way of the history and mainstream of the Methodist Church. They still have some conservatives, even the American Thomas Oden. You might want to check him out, he is a vary gracious man of God! Let the Methodist's teach you first, before you tell them and us what they believe.

  8. And listen to Rodney here also, he seems to be tracking well on this subject.

  9. And one thing is certain about any visible Church, you have to show up.. put your feet down, and listen. It's not like blogdom!

  10. I know its hard for you to be “reproofed” and given “correction”. But that is a pastoral responsibility..2 Tim. 3:16. God could give a blast about blogdom oftentimes!

  11. Last time I checked, you weren't my pastor, and you had a difficult time at best determining how a blog conversation was carried out. At no time did I attempt to instruct anyone on what the UMC as a whole believed, only attempt a discussion on the broadness of theological thought which I have found to exist within Methodist communion. You may, if you are so inclined, reread the post.

  12. Joel,

    I really wrote in a manner to show that “you” are hardly in a position of being “churched”! Your blog mentality shows this sadly, so who's really the arrogant one? You are what 32? I am 61 this Oct. I am your “elder” at least by years, but one whould never know it!

  13. “Fr.” Robert, I would imagine that one judgment day, you will be instructing Christ on your own understanding of Him. Maybe He will listen to you and be converted.

  14. Sadly, this.. your post here again shows, and perhaps “proves” my point? I am not much surely, but I am “alone” before Christ! (1 Cor. 4: 3-4) I have not really sought to judge you, as to somewhat “reproof” you…as St. Paul says “for correction, and training in righteousness.” (2 Tim. 3:16) But you will have none of it! And believe me, I have had my tail-feathers burnt many times by my “elders”, whom for the most part are before the Lord! When I get there before you, remember my words perhaps? I speak in the weakness of the pastoral sense, and bare my heart to you! (Even on this open blog!)

  15. I seem to be a tad late in the discussion. As a 1time DS who has witnessed an interesting variety of United Methodists, I need to say that my experience is that we are more Methodist than United. One of the great joys of our denomination is the “sea to shining sea” variety of folks one might find in worship any given Sunday.
    I truly enjoyed the discussion – except for the defensive nature of Poly’s statements when faced with a comment that does not line up with his own. Please please embrace with grace the people who comment even if you are on the opposite side of their perspective.

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