Discussion on “A Way Forward” Continues

a way forward

Yesterday Rob Renfroe of Good News, A Forum for Scriptural Christianity posted an open letter to Rev. Adam Hamilton and Rev. Mike Slaughter, challenging the content of their proposal for a means by which the United Methodist Church might remain institutionally united while still divided by issue. The “A Way Forward for a United Methodist Church” post can be read here and Rob Renfroe’s open letter here.

UMR asked Mike Slaughter for some clarification of the intention of the proposal. He replied:

Our purpose is to find a way to keep the church united in our mutual commitment to Christ centered faith and mission  while allowing faithful folks on both sides of this issue to remain true to their conscience. This division has been extremely painful for me. I have close friends who have lined up on opposing sides. Jesus tells us that world will know us by the love that we have for each other. We have become more entrenched in issues rather than centered in Christ.

I realize this is over the authority and primacy of scripture that I have the upmost regard for through my evangelical faith. The danger however is that we become pharisaical and elevate the written word above the Living Word. Jesus reminded the Pharisees: “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the scriptures point to me.” Life is in Jesus and all who have been born in him are united with one another in spite of our differences.

Our proposal might not offer the best solution for finding a way forward. Others might offer better. We need more than critiques of proposals made by those who are committed to help the church move forward together in our unity in Christ. We need proposals for solutions.

Adam Hamilton replied to the open letter on his own blog today; that can be read here.





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Dear great fathers, I know that maybe I should not enter into your dispute but I can’t help myself to not interfere and keep my opinions to myself only, after I read all of your letters: A Way Forward for a United Methodist Church An Open Letter to Revs. Adam Hamilton and Mike Slaughter A Response to Rob Renfroe’s Open Letter If you were God what would you say? What would you do? Because what you are trying to solve here, is solving the issue as people, with human eyes and human boundaries. God is boundless and as such and… Read more »


UMR, again, chooses to highlight the opinion of one side.

The “pharisaical” charge is unwarranted. Would it be “pharisaical” to suggest that we should follow the 10 commandments? Apparently so, according to Slaughter.

What we have here are cultural accomodationists ignoring Scripture and Christian tradition; they are breaking vows that they have willfully taken, and in so doing they are causing this division.

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