I just read an article about the United Methodist Church proposing to split itself into two denominations. At issue are the questions over openly gay clergy members and as same-sex “marriage”. I use the quotations on the word marriage because I do not recognize same sex civil unions as marriage. Marriage is between one man and one woman (See Genesis 2:21-24).
As The Steadfast Watchman, I cannot stay silent in the face of this evil. Why is a denomination of Christianity that traces its roots to John Wesley in the 18th Century “compromising” on Biblical principles? How can they even continue to call themselves a Church when they thumb their noses at the Word of God? Satan has his dirty hands all over this.
This is also an example of the decline of the American Church that began some 50 years ago. The decline has become much more precipitous over the past five years or so.
In the interest of full disclosure, I am a non-denominational follower of Christ. But my great-grandfather was a Methodist Circuit Rider in West Virginia in the early 20th Century. He would be horrified at what is happening to his Church.
God created us in His own image, male and female, with the intention of being fruitful and increasing in number (see Genesis 1:26-27). That cannot happen with sexual relations between two men, or two women.
The Scriptures are quite clear on the fact that homosexual behavior is sexually immoral. And God considers to be detestable. Leviticus 18:22 says: “Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.”
If we move beyond the Mosaic Law of the OT, we’ll find that the Apostle Paul dealt with homosexuality and sexual immorality in the NT. Without going into a long detail, I’ll put the relevant Scripture passages here for you to read when you have the time: Romans 1:24-32; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Timothy 1:8-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians 5:3-7; Revelation 22:15.
It is bad enough that this evil has pervaded our society. It is even worse when it pervades our Church. The Church is supposed to be the bride of Christ (2 Corinthians 11:2).
The Steadfast Watchman is now finished ranting. You may return to your originally scheduled programming.