GCon. 2012 Methodist Delegates cannot agree that they disagree on sexuality issue

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The United Methodist Church cannot agree that it disagrees over the issue of homosexuality.

After more than an hour of passionate debate and clear disagreement, two items stating Christians have different opinions about homosexuality were not approved by the 2012 General Conference, leaving the original language in the Book of Discipline intact.

The Book of Discipline, Paragraph 161F states: “The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching.”

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Posted May 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

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1. Kendall Harmon wrote:

That really is their headline.  Sounds like it is right out of George Orwell.

May 3, 7:00 pm | [comment link]
2. Br. Michael wrote:

The liberal/progressives have turned disagreement on it’s head.  They disagree and then use it as permission to proceed with their agenda.  They make Goebbels and the big lie technique a minor blip.

May 3, 9:01 pm | [comment link]
3. Br. Michael wrote:

The comments are fascinating, by the way.  They are now going through the GLBGT garbage that we had to go through.

May 3, 9:08 pm | [comment link]
4. Archer_of_the_Forest wrote:

GLBGT? What’s the second G stand for? Or do I even want to know?

May 3, 10:17 pm | [comment link]
5. Sarah wrote:

This was an awesome win by those who believe the Gospel in the Methodist church.

They wouldn’t even accept the obviously-loaded “compromise/moderate” resolution.

Simply awesome.

May 4, 12:12 am | [comment link]
6. Jackie Keenan wrote:

I noticed that in the comments a number of people were leaving the Methodist Church for the Episcopal Church or the UCC.  Gee, I thought that people were supposed to stay in their church no matter what it did.  Isn’t that what liberals have said about TEC, but these liberals are leaving, perhaps because it was a very lopsided vote like the one in TEC.  Although I am sure that the Global South sewed up the decision, it seems that Methodists learned something from the Anglicans too.  A friend of mine met with a Methodist marriage ministry the weekend before the conference started and they told her that they were all reading the same book to prepare for General Conference.  She asked what book, and they said “And the Spirit Led Me by Jackie Keenan.”  They are reading it because it includes both the actual science on homosexuality and the underhanded politics in both the APA and the Episcopal Church. But it is easy to read because it is a very interesting story, unfortunately for me.  It chronicles my 5 1/2 years in the Episcopal Church, which I expected to last for a few weeks.  But if the elves will leave this comment, the point is that people from another denomination have found it educational and helpful enough to prepare for a debate on homosexuality by reading it.

May 4, 7:44 am | [comment link]
7. Yebonoma wrote:

I guess they needed to play this song at General Conference - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8_FOQ7-P30. grin  Oh, man are the lyrics appropriate.

I just know there has to be a Monty Python sketch in this situation, but they only used the CofE for sketch material.

May 4, 4:36 pm | [comment link]

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