Methodists and the Inclusiveness which leads to Conservatism

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By some measures, the United Methodist Church is becoming more theologically conservative. The denomination’s Book of Discipline affirms that homosexual practice is “incompatible with Christian teaching.” At their 2004 General Conference, United Methodists endorsed “laws in civil society that define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.” It wasn’t close; the motion passed with 70 percent of the vote. The Methodists’ generally pro-choice position on abortion has been revised in a more pro-life direction.

Some would say that this proves United Methodists are less inclusive than their other mainline brethren. But this relative conservatism is partially a product of inclusion: roughly 3.5 million United Methodists now live outside the United States, mostly in Africa. Over 1 million live in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone. The African Methodists are orthodox in faith and morals, and are active participants in the denomination’s governing process.

via RealClearReligion – Methodists Behaving Conservatively.

So, um….

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One Reply to “Methodists and the Inclusiveness which leads to Conservatism”

  1. Of course homosexual practice is incompatible with (some past) ‘Christian’ teaching. So is a lot of heterosexual practice. The question is what must change. The teaching of the Spirit on sexuality is greatly to be desired. It does not come about by reasoning alone but by consecration through the consecration (for Christians) that is in the death of Jesus (John 17, 1 John) that we might be dead to the Law but alive to God (Romans). It comes about for other faiths also but in a way that is not so well defined for Gentiles as in the NT with respect to the Bridegroom. Such teaching is available in Torah, in the Psalms and in the keys to Torah in the writings. It is also available in some teaching in Islam (Sufi), but they have no word that I am aware of for the incarnation that they seek and like many they fear the articulation of such teaching.

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