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United Methodist panel approves Traditional Plan

by Mickey McLean
Posted 4/27/19, 02:18 pm

The United Methodist Church’s Judicial Council on Friday upheld most of the denomination’s plan to continue to affirm Biblical marriage and sexuality. In February, delegates at a special UMC conference in St. Louis voted to adopt what’s known as the “Traditional Plan,” which calls for better enforcement of church rules forbidding Methodist ministers from officiating same-sex weddings or being openly homosexual.

The nine-member council, which met for four days this week in Evanston, Ill., reviewed the constitutionality of various aspects of the plan under church law and found all but a few rules of enforcement in compliance. The ruling paves the way for the plan to go in effect in the United States on Jan. 1, 2020, and in Africa, Europe, and the Philippines in May 2020. The council also approved legislation to provide a way for liberal churches to leave the denomination with their property.

“Grateful for United Methodist Judicial Council’s affirming constitutionality of most of Traditional Plan approved in February, plus affirming exits for dissenting liberal churches,” tweeted Mark Tooley, a member of the UMC and the head of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. “Globalizing United Methodism has orthodox, bright future that includes renewal for church in USA.”

Opponents of the Traditional Plan must now decide whether to leave the denomination or continue to fight Biblical orthodoxy within the church. “We call upon the Church to repent of the sin of homophobia,” the liberal Reconciling Ministries Network said in a statement. “Now is the time to rise and resist.”

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  • JerryM
    Posted: Sun, 04/28/2019 12:26 am

    "We call upon the Church to repent of the sin of homophobia."

    That is like saying we call upon the church to repent of idolater-ophobia, adulterer-ophobia...  I pray they will see the error of their ways and recognise that pointing out sin does not mean we hate or are fearful of those commiting it.  

    That said, we all need to recognise our own sin, whatever it may be, and repent as well.  Thanks be to God that He, through His Son, can set us all free!

  • Rich277
    Posted: Sun, 04/28/2019 03:32 am

    This quote does make sense, but only if you worship another god, like the golden donkey god of the DNC.  If that is the case, they should take the opportunity to leave the denomination and the Christian faith, codify their new beliefs according to the party platform, raise up the golden donkey, and sing he-haw-llelujah to their hearts content.

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Mon, 04/29/2019 02:14 pm

    Rich277-  It is a serious matter but your comment made me laugh.

  • Leeper
    Posted: Sun, 04/28/2019 05:34 am

    Great to see the denomiatdeno take the bibilical view of marriage.

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Mon, 04/29/2019 04:02 am

    Since there is no such thing as homophobia, it cannot be a sin.  What the liberal opponents are really saying is, "We call upon the Church to repent of the sin of believing God's Word".

  •  JenniMiki70's picture
    Posted: Mon, 04/29/2019 01:36 pm

    I am thankful that the UMC is continuing to stand against outright sin in the church.  Now, if they'll just hold those churches (like the one pictured here) accountable...

  • MarthaAllentown
    Posted: Mon, 04/29/2019 09:14 pm

    As I was reading the article, I was heartened that the UMC has chosen to uphold Biblical views, and was graciously providing a way for dissenting congregations to not only leave peacefully but to retain possession of their church properties.  This is so different from several other major denominations that chose to endorse LGBT positions and then penalized conservative congregations for refusing to go along with their travesty by suing in court to retain the legal ownership of properties that those congregations had built over the years.  I was astounded to read the last paragraph stating that the church is guilty of the "sin" of homophobia!!! followed by an encouragement to "rise and resist" the direction toward Biblical orthodoxy.  Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil... KJV

  • CJ
    Posted: Tue, 04/30/2019 10:39 am

    In all cases, the Church is to be judged by the Scripture, not the Scripture by the Church. - John Wesley