The latest UMC membership information is now out, and the significant difference in decline between the most liberal jurisdictions/conferences and the more conservative ones continues.
For more complete information on jurisdictions and conferences click here.
The Wisconsin Association of Confessing Ministry has issued a response to the Wisconsin UMC Conference because, ‘they apparently intend to join a handful of other declining, theologically secularized annual conferences in disregarding United Methodist standards forbidding the approval for ordination of candidates unwilling to abstain from sexual relations outside of monogamous, heterosexual marriage.’
To read the full response, click here.
This is a thought provoking video by Rosaria Butterfield, a highly educated woman that embraced the homosexual lifestyle until Christianity got in her way.
Many of the points she makes are focused around her growth from a homosexuality centered life to a Christian centered life; however if you cross out homosexuality and replace it with sin, her talk can apply equally to anyone.
Christian denominations are seeing more and more empty pews; as a percent of population both membership and attendance is down and is continuing to go down. This trend started in the 1960’s and has not stopped. The question . . . is, ‘how are the more liberal, socially acceptable churches doing as compared to the more conservative, less socially acceptable ones?’
Here is a link to the complete article on Social Acceptance & Membership.
According to Jeffery Walton, another rapidly declining part of the United Methodist Church has added itself to the list of annual conferences supporting abortion and the promotion of homosexuality at the same time it moved ahead with a plan to dissolve itself out of existence.
Guess who he is talking about . . . our Yellowstone Conference.
To read the entire article click here.
The Bible has many references to Grace and Truth. One verse is John 1:14: The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
These two elements, Grace and Truth, are in a constant state of tension within every Christian; too much of either one will lead to a Christian life that is crooked and does not reflect God’s desire.
Randy Alcorn has an interesting article on this topic, taken from his book, The Grace and Truth Paradox. Here is a link to that article.
LGBTQ activists disrupted a closed-door meeting of United Methodist bishops to protest perceived discrimination against them within the denomination.
Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD) United Methodist Director John Lomperis observed in his analysis of the Human Sexuality Commission, published on October 31, that LGBTQ Methodists had already acquired more than proportional representation on the commission. “Considering that likely no more than two percent of United Methodists (if that) self-identify as LGBTQ, this rather tiny demographic getting three out of 32 slots (nearly 10 percent) is quite an over-representation,” Lomperis wrote.
Read the complete article on Juicy Ecumenism . . . . . .
Christopher Yuan’s life went from promising dental student, to practicing homosexual, to drug addict, and finally to a life embracing the salvation that comes from a faith in Jesus Christ. Read the complete article in the Billings Gazette.
Christopher Yuan and his mother will be in Billings, Montana: Here is their schedule for Nov. 4-5 at Radisson Hotel, 5500 Midland Road, sponsored by Worldview Forum. Cost is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Call 534-2019 for information:
- Nov. 4, 7-8 p.m.: “Holy Sexuality, my Journey to God.”
- Nov. 4, 8:15-9 p.m.: “A Christian Response to Homosexuality.”
- Nov. 5, 9-10 a.m.: “Homosexuality: Texts and Hermeneutics.”
- Nov. 5, 10-10:40 a.m.: “Ordinary Parents, Extraordinary Father.”
- Nov. 5, 10:40-11:30 a.m.: “Nature or Nurture.”
The Yuans will also speak at Harvest Church, 1235 W. Wicks Lane. They will share their story Nov. 5 at the 5 p.m. service and Nov. 6 at the 9 and 11 a.m. services.
We are a group of United Methodists that are concerned about our church. We are concerned about clergy openly defying the United Methodist Church doctrine, discipline, and liturgy. We are concerned about delegates electing a bishop that is in open defiance of the United Methodist Church doctrine, discipline, and liturgy. We are concerned that the church is seeking social guidance instead of God’s guidance through Scripture and prayer.
We fully support the United Methodist Church and seek to continue in unity by upholding the doctrine, discipline, and liturgy.
We fully believe that God calls each of us to love our neighbor as He loves us and believe our sins are forgiven through His grace and our faith in Jesus Christ.
We fully believe that all individuals have sacred worth and encourage each person to grow their Christian faith by worship, prayer, following Scripture, and helping show God’s love through ministering to other.
Many people were shocked, actually offended, when Dr. Ted Campbell told the World Methodist Conference, “The question at this point is not whether we divide or not. That, I fear, is a given now.” Read the complete Good News article by Rob Renfroe. . . . .