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UMC stance unchanged

United Methodists concluded their General Conference in May without voting on gay clergy or same-sex marriage. The nearly 1,000 delegates gathered in Tampa, Fla., soundly rejected two motions that would have amended the United Methodist Church's book of doctrine and rules, which calls the practice of homosexuality "incompatible with Christian teaching."

After those votes, protesters flooded the convention floor, briefly shutting down the conference. The conservative Institute on Religion & Democracy credited African delegates for upholding the UMC's stance. "Delegates from Africa, comprising about 30 percent of the total, were decisive in votes ...," IRD said in a statement.


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 11:51 am (U.S. Eastern) 7/6/2012

Three cheers for the United Methodist Chuch, and especially for their African delegates!  Thank God for them!  If only the ELCA had not resisted the temptation to turn their backs on the Word of God's teachings on homosexuality in order to be politically correct.


The Bible clearly condemns homosexual behavior as sin.  "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."  Lev 18:22. "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet." Romans 1:26-27.  See also Gen 19: 4-8, 15, 24; Lev 20: 13; Deut 23:17; 1 Cor 6:9, 10; 1 Tim 1: 8-11; Jude 1: 6-7.

It is our duty to lovingly point out to homosexuals that this conduct is sin and that the way out of sin is to seek forgiveness through the blood and sacrifice of Christ. 1 Cor. 6: 11. To follow the path. of denying the scripture's teachings, which the ELCA General Assembly has chosen, is to assist homosexuals on a path to hell.  1 Cor. 6: 9-10.

It is also interesting to note that pro-homosexual protesters immediately had to disrupt the meeting once they did not get their way.  The delegates are fortunate there were no threats of violence against them.  Here in Des Moines, Iowa, a Bible following pastor posted on his church sign the title of a sermon, "Gay is Not OK."  He and his church received threats, their website was flooded with vile content and their church sign defaced with pro-homosexual stickers. 

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