Adam Hamilton starts new series on the Bible, homosexuality, and the UMC

Recently ReadAdam Hamilton, the pastor of The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection  (the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S.) has started a new series on his blog titled “The Bible, Homosexuality, and the UMC.” Hamilton is offering the series in preparation for the United Methodist General Conference which begins on May 10 in Portland, OR.

No issue will be more closely watched than the debate and decisions of the Conference regarding gay and lesbian people. Will the denomination continue to hold that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching”? Will it continue to prohibit pastors from officiating in same-gender weddings and United Methodist church property from being used for same-gender weddings? And will the United Methodist Church continue to require celibacy of gay and lesbian clergy?

The deeper question, one which will largely be ignored, is what United Methodists believe about the Bible.  Our beliefs, or more often our assumptions, about the Bible shape how we view the question of the Bible and same-gender relationships.

Click here to check out Hamilton’s new series.

Ben Witherington responds.

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Charles Harrison

William, please make sure you are offering your opinion about content and not attacking a child of God. You have not crossed the line here, but you are close. Please add to the conversation in an edifying way. Thank you for your future consideration.

Charles Harrison

Understood. I know Adam personally and I feel that he would say that he is as Bible believing Christian and believes in Scriptural authority so I think you are accurate there. I also understand how people perceive that he may not be this way. Either way he is a good person trying to work out his faith and understanding as a child of God. Thank you.

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