John and Charles Wesley Would Grieve re the ‘Apostate’ United Methodist Church
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them (Eph. 5;11)
The United Methodist Church (UMC) is part of the second largest Protestant denomination in the world. From a global perspective, they have nearly 2.8 million members. This denomination traces their heritage back to John and Charles Wesley.
The UMC will avow Christian tenets, by professing the fundamentals of the faith that have been historically accepted in Christendom. Although the UMC denomination operates under the guise of Christianity, their vernacular is nothing more than an illusory practice. The UMC is exuberantly drifting closer to hell then they may realize.
The UMC embraces putrescent doctrines, and without compulsion, they practice devilish works that do not merit the Father’s favor—but His wrath. This should cause objective observers to see the bastardization of this denomination, and pray that this false church repents.
This article will address a few unscrupulous distinctives of the UMC that will expose this denomination for their moral decay, and reproach they bring upon Christ:
As previously stated, the UMC affirms Christ and the Holy Bible, but they also affirm consecrating homosexual bishops. On July 16, 2016, Karen Oliveto—a married lesbian, was the first openly gay bishop to be consecrated at Paradise Valley UMC in Scottsdale, Arizona:
The first time she stood and faced a packed church as the newest bishop of the Western Jurisdiction, Karen Phyllis Oliveto was blessed with a resounding standing ovation.
On July 16, the pews at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church were filled with family, friends and supporters who cheered and danced with her to the recessional hymn, “Somos el Cuerpo de Christo, We Are the Body of Christ.”
As the first out lesbian to be elected a bishop, she is not receiving the same affirmation from across the denomination.
For as aspiring pastor to serve in the office of the church, “he” must be biblically qualified (1 Tim. 3:1-7). The UMC has has not only substituted he for she, which the Bible forbids (1 Tim. 2:12), they have replaced integrity for iniquity, and purity for profligacy.
The UMC has unveiled their hypocrisy by consecrating a homosexual bishop. This clearly violates their standards (¶ 304.3 Qualifications for Ordination), since the UMC denomination prohibits ordaining practicing, self-avowed homosexuals [emphasis added]:
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 practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching. Therefore self-avowed practicing homosexuals1 are not to be certified as candidates, ordained as ministers, or appointed to serve in The United Methodist Church.2
1. “Self-avowed practicing homosexual” is understood to mean that a person openly acknowledges to a bishop, district superintendent, district committee of ordained ministry, board of ordained ministry, or clergy session that the person is a practicing homosexual. See Judicial Council Decisions 702, 708, 722, 725, 764, 844, 984, 1020
2. See Judicial Council Decisions 984, 985, 1027, 1028
This is what happens when holiness is substituted for homosexuality, and when obeying the Lord is replaced with ordaining lesbians: People will do what is right in their own eyes (Judges 17:6).
According to Holy Scripture, “…Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward” (Ps. 127:3), and a gracious gift from God (Gen. 33:5). Sadly, the UMC has provided stipulations on when it is morally acceptable to assassinate God’s gracious gift:
The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of human existence. While individuals have always had some degree of control over when they would die, they now have the awesome power to determine when and even whether new individuals will be born. Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion.
But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child.
We recognize tragic conflicts of life with life that may justify abortion, and in such cases we support the legal option of abortion under proper medical procedures by certified medical providers. We support parental, guardian, or other responsible adult notification and consent before abortions can be performed on girls who have not yet reached the age of legal adulthood. We cannot affirm abortion as an acceptable means of birth control, and we unconditionally reject it as a means of gender selection or eugenics (see Resolution 3184).
We oppose the use of late-term abortion known as dilation and extraction (partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this practice except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no other medical procedure is available, or in the case of severe fetal anomalies incompatible with life. This procedure shall be performed only by certified medical providers. Before providing their services, abortion providers should be required to offer women the option of anesthesia.
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