Originally Posted by GLS_1956
I am a United Methodist.
This is not the first time that: The United Methodist Church has taken a stance that is in opposition to that of it's members.
A number of years, decades I think, ago. The Ruling Council basically stated that a woman should allow herself, as well as her children be raped and/or murdered, rather than resist with deadly force.
I disagreed with that policy, as I disagree with the current position of the church's ruling council. That said, I am a United Methodist for it's theological stand,and not it's social stance.
That said, please read: Luke 22:36
I can understand that. My late sister and her husband were lifelong members of the United Methodist Church, as are my brother and his wife. My parents switched to a Methodist church when they moved away from the old neighborhood. They all express concerns about some issues but remain adherents to the fundamental Methodist doctrines. As for the UMC being anti-gun, though I strongly disagree with their position, I don't think it violates scripture.
However, the church I was raised in, The United Church of Christ (formerly E&R), has changed drastically from what they believed when I was a kid. Listed first in the tenets of their church is that they are "gay affirming" and the belief that homosexuality is not a sin. The pastor of the specific church I attended (and was married in), wont even perform marriages of heterosexual couples as long as the state doesn't recognize LGBT marriages. So only civil unions for everybody...that's absurd.
Furthermore they wholeheartedly endorse a pregnant woman's right to choose an abortion. They also ordain women as ministers...which is prohibited in scripture.
To top it off they endorse Obamacare, and just about every other item on the liberal agenda. It's all in print on the UCC site.
Despite the forum policy of not criticizing other faiths, I feel that I being one baptized and confirmed in the UCC, am justified in saying that this church denomination is now committing damnable heresies. I don't see how anyone who proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord could be a member of the UCC.
"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!"