Another dying church is debating whether or not they want to agree with the Bible. It’s a weird blend of sad, sickening, and so cliche that it’s boring.
The One Church Plan (OCP) is predicated on two straightforward assumptions… Differences among United Methodists over sexual ethics, the institution of marriage, and ordination standards for clergy are not essential matters for the whole church.
Therefore, it is acceptable for annual conferences, local churches, and pastors to hold different opinions about them and still remain in a united church…First, strike from the UM Church’s “Social Principles” the statement that says, “[T]he practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching…Second, redefine marriage in such a way that allows for church sanctioned weddings between people of the same gender, and remove the prohibition against UM clergy presiding as same sex weddings. ”
A friend on Social Media was lamenting the fact that this One Church Plan had been voted down, and I offered the following combination of confused questions and Biblical insight, and all for free (with a Groupon).
Love is not some form of lazy contentment.
SIN is something so awful that our loving God came to die for us so that we could be clean from it.
This perverse acceptance of LGBTQ (etc) lifestyles which are clearly condemned by the Bible over and over is no different than saying, “We should love our children enough to never make them brush their teeth or bathe. We should love them as they are.” or “We should love alcoholics enough to GIVE them their booze.”
No, I keep my daughter out of the street BECAUSE I love her. I make her eat healthy food and get enough sleep (when she wants to be up playing all night) BECAUSE I love her. We keep our children from poison and injury BECAUSE we love them.
God is a better father than we can be
and he has told us how we were designed. One man, one woman, for a lifetime, until death do we part. Nothing else is holy marriage or sexuality.
This “acceptance” of other lifestyles is not loving, it is something akin to laziness or hate. A child may be content with a handful of sand and cigarette butts in their mouth, but a loving parent does not ask if the child is happy, he takes the junk out of their hand, washes out their mouth, and gives them what will make them HEALTHY- good food and clean water.
Happiness in sickness or sin is not lasting, and should not be encouraged- it leads to death. These churches who reject the word of God and accept what he has forbidden are lying to themselves and NOT being loving to those people they are lying to.
You don’t love a sinner by accepting his sin.
You love the sinner by helping them be free of it- first by salvation through Jesus Christ, and then by turning their back on their sin and living as God designed us to live. There in is freedom and joy.
You don’t put a child with a mouthful of sand and cigarette butts in charge of the lunchroom and expect them to do well feeding other children, you don’t put a drunk with an open bottle in his fist in charge of the AA meetings, and you don’t put someone who accepts their sin as their identity or chosen lifestyle as a shepherd of a church. This is why God gave us the rules he did for ourselves and our church- because he loves us more than we want Him to. The One Church Plan is a cancer. To want that is to want a smaller, imaginary god. At that point, why pretend to be a Christian? To love and serve the one true God is to love and serve a God who is bigger than what we want, and loves us more than we want Him to. Embrace that. And may God bless you.