Letter to the Editor: My Future as a Methodist Uncertain as LGBT Vote Soon Takes Place

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Dear Lighthouse Trails:

It’s getting much more difficult to find Christian books which speak truth, about God, His Word, the church, without a New Age, spiritual formation, emerging church agenda. I quit going to United Methodist Women monthly meetings; one woman uses Jesus Calling as the devotional reading. Sunday School has become a political discussion session. Advent will be a non-Bible movie/study guide with Stations of the Cross on Good Friday. (All this in a Methodist church, led by a pastor who goes to leadership meetings held at a Benedictine monastery!

In late February, the Methodists are having a special conference, called by the bishops, to vote on LGBT issues. [LTRJ note: The United Methodists will be voting at their general conference on Feb. 23-26.] A denominational split is already being discussed. I know I will obey God and His Word. So far, I’m still a Methodist, but for how long? I pray for His wisdom and guidance. Thank you for your books, booklets, and Journal.

VW

P.S. I no longer tithe to this church. I give elsewhere.

4 Comments

  1. T. I. Miller

    if you love me you WILL keep my commandments.
    Man is to live….by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
    Every time Jesus said, “It is written”, he established that we as He will believe in and trust the word of God.
    Conversely the devil has always said just the opposite of Jesus. Hath God said? Satan works tirelessly to convince everyone to not trust the Bible or God.
    What Jesus said about money applies to so many other things too. Where your treasure lies there your heart lies also. By their fruit you will know them.
    We are living in the age of the great apostasy.

  2. CW

    Been there, done that. For us the turning point came after the Reimagining Conference in 1993. The UMC was one of the three sponsors, and the speeches and activities there were beyond shocking — with no appropriate response by the UMC; indeed, no response at all. We appealed to the pastor, went through proper channels, prayed and prayed and prayed, but hardly anyone else seemed to care (just a few). We eventually felt led to leave after many years. It was extremely painful because we had so many dear friends there. That same year, a UMC college near us was holding “gay weddings” on campus, led by its campus chaplain. When that came to light and the District said No More, they said, “If we can’t have ‘gay weddings’ (my quotes), then we won’t have ‘straight’ weddings either.” (No further response by the UMC to that.) They were completely unapologetic, unrepentant, rebellious against the Lord. We saw the handwriting on the wall and got out. Very painful but it was liberating for us. BTW, we had already begun designating our tithe checks to ministries in the church we could support in good conscience (for another thing, we had learned that the UMC on the national level was paying money to support abortion), but were told by the pastor’s right-hand man that we could not do that anymore. So we truly felt led to leave. I will pray for you, VW. I know it’s hard.

  3. Elizabeth Bennett

    Dear VW,
    My father used to be a Methodist minister but our family left that denomination and became Baptists due to the liberal and unbiblical stances in the Methodist Church. Very sad to see a denomination that started out with the Wesley brothers and that has now abandoned the faith of our fathers. The Methodist Church does not understand the significance of Israel and the Jews in prophecy and has become anti-semitic, by and large, believing the lies of Israel’s enemies, so most of them participate in the Boycott of Israeli products, etc. Liberal view of LGBT issues, also. May the Lord help us!

  4. Lisa

    I remember many years ago, we had an associate pastor who was disgusted by our bookshop, he would tell us all we need was the Bible. On one level I knew he was right, but I liked reading the books by my favorite authors.
    I think of that now, as I read VW’s letter and what was said about Christian books now. Christian books have been leaning that way for years. I first went into Christian bookstores thinking they were a haven from the world, but soon discovered that they weren’t a haven but were wolves in sheep’s clothing selling more deception than good. You even have to be careful about which Bible you buy….maybe its always been that way, it just seems more prevalent nowadays, or maybe I’m just more aware, either way its a sad state.

    I pray VW that God would lead you to a church that would stay faithful to Him.

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