United Methodists Continue to Stray
As a former member of the United Methodist Church, it troubles me to see how the church continues to stray from the teachings from the Word of God. The most recent example is the denomination's decision to allow a group that advocates stances that go against basic church teachings, including its definition of marriage, to use its Southeastern Jurisdiction conference and retreat center for an event in early September.
An article from Agape Press reports: . . .
The Labor Day weekend conference at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina will focus on how to lobby to overturn the church's teachings on marriage and sex, and lobby for the acceptance of same-sex "marriage" and practicing homosexual clergy. Called "Hearts of Fire," the conference is being organized by the pro-homosexual Methodist group Reconciling Congregations. According to that group's website, one forum will "explore the development of transgender and gender queer spirituality" as well as the "sources of gendering." Participants are encouraged to "come with a robust interest in all things gender, whether or not they themselves are gender non-normative."
. . . Among the seven liberal bishops scheduled to speak at the event is Joe Sprague of Illinois, who has publicly denied the virgin birth, blood atonement, and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. Also expected to speak is Beth Stroud, an openly lesbian Methodist minister from Philadelphia who was recently defrocked. Musical entertainment on the last evening of the four-day rally is to be provided by Jason & deMarco, two "spirit pop artists" who were featured in a July 2004 homosexual magazine article entitled "Singing for God and Gays."
According to the article, Mark Tooley, who heads the United Methodist Action program at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, is urging United Methodists, especially those in the Southeast, to express their displeasure with the retreat and conference center. Here's a link to Lake Junaluska's contact information.