There are 12 items on the docket for the fall United Methodist Judicial Council. One docket item requests a declaratory decision on whether or not adding the ‘incompatible’ clause to the church discipline violates the church constitution by altering the church’s doctrine.
The ‘incompatible clause’ references a the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions statement that the practice of homosexuality is ‘incompatible’ with Christian teaching.
Two annual conferences, Denmark & Cal-Pac, are challenging the legality of the ‘incompatible’ clause.
Rob Renfroe, president of Good News, recently issued a statement to the Commission on the Way Forward. As more conferences and the Western Jurisdiction openly defy Scripture, the Book of Discipline, and the Judicial Council there are many individuals on both sides of this issue that realize an amiable separation is the only way forward. Here is a link to Rob’s statement.
Walter Fenton, from Good News, issued a ‘status report’ on the state of the church as the next meeting for the Commission on the Way Forward rapidly approaches. Here is a link to Walter’s article.
Many of us are struggling right now. We are filled with questions that seem insurmountable.
- How do I find a church & pastor that openly affirms a belief in Scripture and the Book of Discipline?
- How do I leave the church that has been my home for so many years?
- How do I continue attending a church where the pastor’s values are inconsistent with Scripture and the Book of Discipline?
- How do I find a church where I am comfortable with the style of worship?
- How do I leave so many friends behind?
During these difficult times prayer and Scripture help us focus on God’s guidance. Consider James 1:2-5,
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
May God give each of us strength and understanding . . .
Hobby Lobby, based in Oklahoma City OK, has routinely published holiday ‘inserts’ in many local newspapers showing their support for God and country.
Carolyn Moore, a United Methodist Church elder and member of the Wesleyan Covenant Association, discusses how tithing, prayer and Sabbath are ways she and her husband have found to improve their trust in God. The article has some eye opening thoughts and suggestions on how to enrich our belief that we should follow God’s path for us.
Here is a link to the complete article: Marriage and the Means of Grace.