Judicial Council rules on sexuality related issues

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The Judicial Council of The United Methodist Church has released its rulings on the April docket, which included two opinions on issues related to same-sex marriage and one regarding a bishop’s decision on the continuation of the candidacy of a lesbian.

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james
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do not hold your breath. the bishops have no more intestinal fortitude than you or I do…………

Mark
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Withholding apportionments, sadly, is one of the few options local congregations have to combat this craziness.

And don’t forget the role of the left-wing lobbying agency otherwise known as the General Board of Church and Society (GBCS), which is practically self-funding via renting out parts of a highly valuable Washington D. C. landmark originally built to promote temperance (not liberal politics). The GBCS is the indirect sponsor of many of the social principles used to justify these types of rulings that are irrational and clearly at odds with the Discipline.

Sheila
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Am I the only person that thinks these decisions do not even agree?? This is the UMC. We sway with the wind. We are lying in the middle ground instead of standing there with Christ. The Conservative churches grow . The Liberal churches grow BECAUSE they stand for something. We are becoming the people who just do not stand…..for anything or anyone. Will God stand for us???

Wes Andrews
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Not surprised at all. This will accelerate the demise of the UMC. Local Churches should make sure that they pass a resolution in 2016 making sure all property is retained by each local church. This way churches can just move on. Church’s should decide now to stop apportionments. It’s also sad because ministry to and with all people including homosexual folk has been compromised by the progressives. Essentially this just means there will be no meaningful or stable definition for marriage in the soon to be defunct UMC. By ignoring the definition of sexuality and marriage in Scripture, as does… Read more »
Will J.
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Not to be a contrarian or such, but polygamy is scriptural and was accepted as a valid practice for hundreds, if not thousands of years. And as far as scriptural definitions of sexuality, I certainly hope no one is having sex while their wife is menstruating. Further, the Song of Solomon is a rather explicit love poem between two unmarried lovers. Okay, maybe I am being a contrarian after all.

Mark
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Will, thanks very much for your civil tone. While I apologize for the length, I think this article, if you study it closely, makes a comprehensive and reasonable argument for these divisions. And I think the New Testament passages are even clearer, and have been understood as such historically. You are welcome to disagree and I don’t believe that makes you any less a Christian.

Will J.
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theenemyhatesclarity, Thanks for your reply. I would note that the passage concerning having intercourse with women is found in Leviticus 20. There is no notation in the text saying that this, as compared with Leviticus 17 which forbids male on male intercourse (though not mentioning women on women intercourse), is part of “ceremonial law” rather than “moral code.” I would suggest that this is a distinction read into the text and not naturally a part of it. It is also a way of claiming that some of these “laws” are still applicable while others are not. In Acts 10-11, the… Read more »
Will J.
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Mark, While I appreciate your taking the time to find the above article and copy it here, a plain reading of the scriptures found in this section of Leviticus shows no such inherent divisions. As you know, chapters and verses were a late addition to the texts and as such were purely arbitrary. This entire section of Leviticus reads as a whole, and Christian attempts to separate these laws into three forms seems to me to be arbitrary as well. Yes, one does get a clear sense that circumcision is no longer required of Christians from Paul’s writing, and yes,… Read more »
Mark
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Will, this is reprinted from crossexamined.org and addresses your concerns: The Levitical law may reasonably be subdivided into three categories: These are, 1. Ceremonial Law 2. Judicial / Civil Law 3. Moral Law This three-fold division is by no means a modern idea invented to dodge around popular objections to the Biblical stance on homosexuality and other sins. Indeed, John Calvin (1509-1564), in The Institutes of the Christian Religion wrote, “We must attend to the well-known division which distributes the whole law of God, as promulgated by Moses, into the moral, the ceremonial, and the judicial law.” Furthermore, in his… Read more »
Mark
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These absurd rulings–which fly in the face of logic as much as Scripture and the Discipline–is the equivalent of calling in Dr. Kevorkian to treat the ailing patient known as the UMC.

It’s probably for the best. The cancer has been fulminating way too long already. If you are dead-set on killing the patient might as well not drag it out any longer. This makes the decision for schism that much easier.

Mark
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Wow. The mental gymnastics required to justify these decisions in unbelievable. The UMC has officially joined the ranks of full-fledged sexual freedom fighters.

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