The Methodists are among a few other mainline churches who’ve chosen to disregard several parts of the Bible and view homosexuality as an acceptable alternative lifestyle instead of the sin that the Bible says it is. I believe part of the problem begins with where they look for answers in solving doctrinal issues in the church. Rather than turning to the Word of God, they turn to the “Methodist Book of Discipline” and to the church’s “High Court” – a man made set of rules, enforced by an institution created by sinful men.
Rev. Edward Johnson of the South Hill Methodist Church was fired recently for going outside these man made rules and following the Bible instead. He denied membership in the church to a man who openly practiced unrepentant homosexuality, just as I’m sure he would do if someone were openly engaged in an adulterous relationship, or any other form of sexual immorality.
You can tell a lot about the current state of the Methodist Church from these quotes by a church leader involved in disciplining the pastor.
“I was trying to show him the church was open to receiving [the member],” Layman said. “He, in turn, relied on his interpretation of the scriptures.”
“Our Social Creed says that we as a church would not ordain homosexuals, but they have the right to be received in membership,” Layman said. “The church supports homosexuals as part of the congregation and as persons of definite worth.
This Methodist minister was removed from his position as pastor because he interpreted the Scriptures rather than following a “social creed”.
It’s perhaps not as shocking as it once would have been, but still disturbing that the leader of a major denomination would put the authority of a social creed above Scripture. Methodist leaders would do well to read I Corinthians, paying special attention to the following verses, and then compare what they’ve read to their “social creed”.
I Corinthians 6:9-10 “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 5:1-5
Expel the Immoral Brother
“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.”
Condoning homosexuality may make a church seem more politically correct and tolerant, but it won’t lead people out of sin so that their spirit might be saved on the day of the Lord.