Recently Read: When Covenants Compete in the UMC.

Jeremy Smith, Minister of Discipleship at the Portland First UMC, and prolific blogger at Hacking Christianity, weighs on the issue of competing covenants:

But the point is that in all these cases, the person is placed before the Covenant without negating the importance of the Covenant. When covenants conflict, one does not have to look far into the biblical record to see that Christ always chose the person over the policy, the people instead of the Sabbath. In each of these past situations, and in our current one celebrating the  marriage of two Christian men, who is the person that Christ is calling us to minister to? And is there a collective agreement that perhaps one fulfills a higher Covenant by breaking a lower one? Each situation–as varied as the ones lifted up above–can be lifted up as a case study of how to inform the next situation that comes our way…and perhaps the next time, we’ll get it right.

via When Covenants Compete in the #UMC, Which Do You Choose?.

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You are wrong about that Sabbath breaking just a s the Pharisees were wrong when they accused Christ of breaking the Sabbath.

Saving life and giving aid was always the way of God in the Old Testament and New. The accusations against Christ were false. It was a trickery the Pharisees used.

Christ broke no law. Everyone should know that. That is why we can with full assurance and complete confidence say Christ is and was sinless.

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