Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The United Methodist Position on California's Marriage Protection Amendment

This letter appeared a few weeks ago in the Press-Enterprise, a daily newspaper in Riverside County in Southern California.

“The Press-Enterprise article that describes how 80-plus churches are going to plot strategy for trying to pass the “marriage protection” amendment showed only a small part of the church population (“Prepping for ballot battle,” June 25).

Many more churches are going to actively try to defeat the amendment in November. The United Methodist Church has consistently fought for fairness and equal rights for all people,

At a recent meeting of representatives from the 338 United Methodist churches in Southern California, a resolution was passed calling for United Methodists to do all that they can to defeat this initiative.

Our churches were further called upon to oppose any discrimination based on sexual orientation. A pastor is quoted in your article as saying, “This is an opportunity for people within the church to speak out. The church can act as a moral compass on this.” We absolutely agree and urge the defeat of an unfair amendment that singles out one group of people to take away their civil rights.

All churches should oppose such an amendment.”

Roy R. Riggs
Moreno Valley
United Methodist Church
Moreno Valley

It may be of interest to note that on June 18, 2008, United Methodist leaders from the California-Pacific Conference met for their annual meeting. One Bible-believing Methodist Pastor (there are a few) reported back to his congregation, the determinations and resolutions of that conference. In his report he writes:

Despite what the Methodist Book of Discipline and the Bible says, that marriage is the union between a man and a woman and that homosexuality is a sin, the conference delegates voted and approved three resolutions that negated the laws of the church. On Saturday afternoon, when many delegates had (already) left, the Conference voted to support the decision of the California Supreme Court regarding marriage of same-gender couples and encourage both congregations and pastors to welcome, embrace, and provide spiritual nurture to these families.

The second resolution, which came before the remaining delegates on Sunday morning, says that the conference will support pastors who conscientiously respond by celebrating same-sex marriages, and support them in any resulting disciplinary action.

The final resolution was to oppose the November initiative that would amend the State Constitution to define marriage as a union “between a man and a woman.” I don’t know what other West Coast conferences have done, but our has stepped into the mud first. God bless us and our church. AMEN.”

I am amazed at the arrogance and audacity of church leaders; men (and women) who call themselves “pastors” and wear the title, “reverend” who will collectively and fearlessly thumb their nose at the sovereign, righteous, holy God of the universe, trash His Word, and decide for themselves, what is right and what is wrong.

Woe unto to them that call evil good, and good evil. Isaiah 50:20
One has to wonder, at what point do people say, “Enough is enough” and leave their churches?

Wherefore come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you, II Cor. 6:17

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Apostates will act like apostates.