Bishop is wrong on marriage stand

I am writing regarding the letter written by Bishop Sally Dyck to clergy and members of the Northern Illinois Conference expressing her support of same-sex marriage legislation (Reporter, Jan. 25).

It is clear that the United Methodist Book of Discipline does not support her stance. Much more importantly, the Bible is clear on its view about homosexual relations.

While I believe we are called to love everyone (love the sinner and hate the sin), I do not believe to do that we have to compromise our biblical beliefs or condone sinful behavior. If the church does not follow solid biblical principles, it will deteriorate. It is clear that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin.

Are we trying to increase church attendance by diluting biblical principles and becoming more worldly? That is a sad commentary as to standing on God’s principles.

I pray, as Christ followers, that the love of Christ will shine through us, that we will see His Will clearly, and boldly proclaim His Truth so that we may be examples of the morality God desires.

Debbie Lalicker
Prospect UMC
Dunlap, Ill.

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The development of the definition of marriage comes out of creation. It’s the story of the birds and the bees. It’s not something we arbitrarily set up. Everyone who has come into the world, without exception, is the result of a male and female union. That union is the basis of marriage under the law.

The equality of marriage movement seeks to set up an arbitrary definition of marriage and leads to the undermining of language itself. A man is not a wife, and a woman is not a husband. It denies no one’s civil liberties to codify marriage in terms of the male/female union because that is what marriage is.

Our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters are as welcome to the cross as anyone else, and maybe even ordination, but it is self-evident that the purpose of marriage is procreation regardless of the many divergences. The push for equality of marriage may be doing a great deal of harm as we continue down the road to disunion in the Church, in the State and in the world.

Rev. Al Milligan,
Retired UM elder
Iowa Annual Conference

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  1. bsstuckey says:

    The UMC must stop trying to "update" the Bible, the Word of God, to satisfy a social and political agenda. We do not mold the Word to make people feel comfortable about their choices in life. Some are attempting to change God's laws so unacceptable behaviors will be viewed as acceptable and thereby not cause them feelings of discomfort or guilt. Those who genuinely seek to live according to Scriptural values are vilified in the process. The UMC will be rendered impotent and meaningless if we allow people, rather than God, to decide what is sinful behavior and what is not.

  2. This hits the nail squarely on the head. I could not have said it better!

  3. Is Scripture molded here.. or should one just rely on your interpretation of the Word..

    "For thus says the Lord,"

    “To the eunuchs who keep My Sabbaths,

    And choose what pleases Me,

    And hold fast My covenant,

    "To them I will give in My house and within My walls a memorial,

    And a name better than that of sons and daughters;

    I will give them an everlasting name which will not be cut off."

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