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  • Methodist Pastor: Killing Babies in Abortions is “Moral” if It’s Done With “Thoughtful Prayer”

    10/15/2021 2:44:32 PM PDT · by Morgana · 56 replies
    Life News ^ | October 15, 2021 | Micaiah Bilger
    A United Methodist Church leader is promoting the notion that killing an unborn baby in an abortion is okay as long as the mother makes a “thoughtful and prayerful” decision first. Pastor Robert Vaughn Jr., director of the General Board of Church and Society for the UMC, told Baptist News Global that the denomination takes a “reluctant pro-choice” stance on abortion. And his board is in charge of supporting that position. “Terminating a pregnancy isn’t just a medical decision; it requires advanced pastoral care so that a person can look at the whole picture,” the Herndon, Virginia pastor said. “The...
  • Methodist Women’s Group: “We Pray” That Texas Women Can Kill Their Babies in Abortions

    10/15/2021 7:09:27 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    Life News ^ | October 14, 2021 | Micaiah Bilger
    United Methodist Women are “praying” that Texas and other states will allow mothers to abort their unborn babies and stop trying to ban abortions. An organization of the United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women recently issued a statement criticizing the Texas heartbeat law and defending abortions. State pro-life leaders said the law, which prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, has saved about 3,000 babies’ lives since it went into effect Sept. 1. But the supposedly Christian women’s organization portrayed the law as oppressive, arguing that “women and families need access to the full range of reproductive...
  • 2 Georgia churches leave United Methodist Church over LGBT stance, announce merger

    07/20/2021 9:45:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    Two congregations in Georgia have left the United Methodist Church over the denomination’s opposition to homosexuality and merged into one church. Asbury Memorial Church and Wesley Oak Church, both based in Savannah, recently voted to disaffiliate from the UMC South Georgia Conference. Asbury, which averaged 387 attendees in weekly worship in 2019, finalized its process of disaffiliation last fall. Meanwhile, Wesley Oak, which averaged 29 attendees, finalized disaffiliation earlier this month. Asbury Memorial Pastor Rev. William Hester told The Christian Post on Monday that the decision to leave came soon after the 2019 special session of the UMC General Conference....
  • UMC conference seizes assets of Georgia megachurch trying to leave denomination

    07/15/2021 10:56:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/15/2021 | Michael Gryboski
    Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church of Marietta, Georgia. In April 2021, the church voted to begin a profess of disaffiliation from the UMC A regional body of the United Methodist Church has seized control of the assets of a Georgia megachurch trying to leave the mainline Protestant denomination. The leadership of the UMC North Georgia Conference unanimously voted to approve the seizure of assets belonging to Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, a Marietta-based congregation with approximately 10,000 members. In April, Mt. Bethel voted to begin a process of discernment for leaving the UMC due to the conference’s decision to...
  • U.K. Methodist Church Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage, Recognize Co-Habiting Couples

    07/02/2021 3:13:34 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 42 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | July 1st 2021 | Milton Quintanilla
    The Methodist Church of the United Kingdom has passed two resolutions, one officially approving the blessing of same-sex unions and the other recognizing cohabiting couples. According to The Christian Post, in a statement on Wednesday, the Methodist Conference announced that it had passed the resolutions at this gathering in Birmingham, England. "A report on marriage and relationships, 'God in Love Unites Us,' was received by the Conference in 2019, and the local District Synods were asked to consider the provisional resolutions and report back to this year's Conference," the statement reads. "The Conference received a report on the results of...
  • Idaho church to remove Robert E. Lee stained-glass image, repents for ‘white supremacy’

    06/16/2020 6:53:58 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 16 2020 | Caleb Parke
    One of the largest churches in Boise, Idaho, apologized for participating in "white supremacy" and announced it is removing the likeness of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a stained-glass window. In a statement, the pastors and staff at the Cathedral of the Rockies began by "acknowledging our own sin with a stained glass window," which also features presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. "The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor brought long-overdue urgency to our discernment process," the church board wrote in a statement to members. "We are reminded of our privilege. We have waited...
  • Methodist, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, and Baptist Pastors Lead Rally for Abortion

    05/26/2020 11:31:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Life News ^ | May 25, 2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    Most leaders in Judaeo-Christian faiths believe scripture teaches that all human lives are valuable and deserving of protection. But there are some who stray from the teaching and promote abortion. A group of New York state clergy members recently advocated for abortion at the state capital, Christian News Network reports. Together, abortion activists who identify as Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian, Baptist, Unitarian and Jewish urged New York state lawmakers to support abortion and Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the United States, according to the report. “As pastors, we believe in New Yorkers’ ability to get the health care...
  • United Methodist Financial Decline

    02/13/2020 6:27:59 PM PST · by lightman · 28 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 13 February A.D. 2020 | Mark Tooley
    United Methodism is increasingly likely to divide into separate traditional and liberal denominations. But even absent this division, the church was already heading towards sharp drops in funding for denominational structures, reflecting United Methodism’s ongoing drop in membership and resources. A recent memo from the General Council on Finance and Administration (GCFA) outlined this reality. GCFA is submitting to General Conference 2020 a quadrennial budget for United Methodism’s structures of $494 million, an 18% reduction from the 2017-2020 budget. These cuts include 35% for United Methodist Communications (UMCOM), 20% for General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) and General Board of...
  • Transgender Passé, Meet the Non-Binary Clergy

    02/07/2020 7:30:05 PM PST · by lightman · 32 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 7 February A.D. 2020 | Clare Hepler
    An increasing number of individuals who identify as “gender non-binary” have emerged among the clerical ranks in mainline Protestant denominations. Following the ordination of transgender clergy in the United States, non-binary clergy appear to be the next wave of sex and gender revisionism. While clergy already ministering within Christian communities have come out to their churches as non-binary, a number of non-binary identifying individuals have made headlines as the first to be ordained openly within their denomination. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, non-binary is relating to or being a person who identifies with or expresses a gender identity that is...
  • Anna Blaedel’s Partisan Prayer Before the Iowa Senate

    01/18/2020 2:19:06 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 19 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 01/17/20 | Shane Vander Hart
    Rev. Anna Blaedel, an openly gay United Methodist chaplain at the University of Iowa and “theologian-in-residence” with Enfleshed, gave the invocation in the Iowa Senate chambers on Thursday morning. She was invited to give the opening prayer by Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, and to call her prayer controversial would be an understatement. Caffeinated Thoughts readers may remember that Blaedel was required to take unpaid leave over a settlement with the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church after being accused of violating church doctrine by being a “self-avowed, practicing homosexual.”
  • A Prediction About the Coming Split in the Methodist Church

    01/05/2020 6:03:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies ^ | January 5, 2020 | Michael Brown
    If the reports are true, then “a tentative plan” has been put in place “to split the [Methodist] church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.” In 2019, “The division, which has been brewing for years, came to an impasse last May when delegates in St. Louis voted 438-384 to ban gay marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.“A majority of U.S.-based churches opposed the ‘Traditional Plan’ but were outvoted by conservatives in the U.S., Africa and the Philippines.”Assuming that this split actually takes place, what will happen to these two branches, one conservative and the...
  • The United Methodist Church's future looks bleak; The announced split will be seen as a separation between the wheat and the weeds

    01/05/2020 8:33:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/05/2020 | Michael Brown
    If the reports are true, then “a tentative plan” has been put in place “to split the [Methodist] church over differences on same-sex marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy.” In 2019, “The division, which has been brewing for years, came to an impasse last May when delegates in St. Louis voted 438-384 to ban gay marriage and the inclusion of gay clergy. “A majority of U.S.-based churches opposed the ‘Traditional Plan’ but were outvoted by conservatives in the U.S., Africa and the Philippines,” Fox News reported. Assuming that this split actually takes place, what will happen to these two...
  • United Methodist Church Officially Splits Over Gay ‘Marriage,’ Clergy

    01/03/2020 8:36:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/3/20 | Calvin Freiburger
    January 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United Methodist Church (UMC) announced Friday it will be dealing with ongoing divisions over homosexuality by formally splitting, with the formation of a new denomination for Methodists who hold to a Biblical understanding of sex and marriage. The church has been divided over the issues of same-sex “marriage” and homosexual clergy, with its General Conference voting in February against compromising its opposition. Tensions have continued since, however, and on Friday the church announced the formation of a new “traditional Methodist” denomination for more conservative Methodists, the New York Times reports. The Washington Post adds...
  • Texas megachurch votes to leave UMC over homosexuality debate

    12/28/2019 7:58:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/26/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    A United Methodist Church congregation in Texas with approximately 2,800 members has voted to leave the mainline denomination because of its debate over homosexuality. Grace Fellowship UMC of Katy voted Dec. 15 to leave the UMC due to the divisive debate on whether to amend the Book of Discipline to remove language calling homosexuality “incompatible with Christian teaching.” Jim Leggett, the founding pastor of Grace Fellowship, told The Christian Post in an interview Monday that his congregation wanted “to remove ourselves from the dysfunctional fighting going on in the United Methodist Church so that we can fully devote our energies...
  • Georgia youth minister (Pittman Park UMC church), 43, arrested for slapping reporter's rear on live TV

    12/14/2019 7:02:45 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 90 replies
    Fox News ^ | 14 December 2019 | Robert Gearty
    Thomas Callaway, a 43-year-old youth minister (Pittman Park United Methodist Church) from Statesboro, GA was charged Friday with sexual battery, a misdemeanor, in Chatham County, records show. “The conduct displayed toward Alex Bozarjian during her live coverage of Saturday’s Savannah Bridge Run was reprehensible and completely unacceptable,” the Savannah television station the employs Bozarjian said after the arrest. Bozarjian told police the man had slapped and then grabbed her buttocks, the Associated Press reported.
  • Political Nativity: California Methodists Display Caged Holy Family

    12/11/2019 6:23:44 PM PST · by lightman · 63 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 9 December A.D. 2019 | Jeffrey Walton
    A Progressive United Methodist congregation in Southern California is marking the Advent season with an outdoor nativity display featuring the holy family in cages. According to the Los Angeles Times, the depiction of Jesus, Mary and Joseph as refugees in cages likens one of the most well-known images of the Christmas season to photos that have become synonymous with criticism of the Trump administration’s border separation policies. “We don’t see it as political; we see it as theological,” Claremont United Methodist Church lead pastor the Rev. Karen Clark Ristine told the Times. “Imagine Joseph and Mary separated at the border...
  • UMC Next Plan: Liberalize Church, Protect Abusive Clergy, Crush Out Traditionalists

    11/18/2019 6:24:02 PM PST · by lightman · 22 replies
    The Instiitute on Religion and Democracy ^ | 15 November A.D. 2019 | John Lomperis
    Talk about overkill! The ultra-liberal UMC Next caucus has released its “Next Generation UMC” proposal for the 2020 General Conference, consisting of 23 petitions across 33 pages. UMC Next’s Convening Team includes celebrity pastor Adam Hamilton, Tom Berlin (lead submitter of the misleadingly named “One Church Plan” to the 2019 General Conference), Jasmine Smothers (another Commission on a Way Forward member and “One Church Plan” sponsor), Jan Lawrence (CEO of the LGBTQ liberationist Reconciling Ministries Network), Randall Miller (former head of RMN), Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson of North Georgia, Bishop Mike McKee of North Texas, Junius Dotson (CEO of our denomination’s...
  • Ben Franklin's Response to the First Great Awakening

    11/12/2019 10:37:14 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 8 replies
    Charisma Magazine ^ | July 2 2018 | Eddie Hyatt
    In a letter dated July 2, 1756, Benjamin Franklin presented a proposal to George Whitefield, the most famous preacher of the Great Awakening, that they partner together to establish a Christian colony "in the Ohio," which was frontier at the time. In the letter, Franklin expressed confidence that God would give them success in such a project, "If we undertook it with a sincere regard to his honor." For the next 30 years, they carried on a lively and open correspondence. Whitefield often spoke about faith in Christ and admonished Franklin to make sure he was prepared for the next...
  • Methodist Pastor Slams Catholic Priest for Denying Communion to Pro-Abortion Joe Biden

    11/05/2019 9:55:05 AM PST · by Morgana · 54 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Nov 5, 2019 | Micaiah Bilger
    There is no debate that Joe Biden does not follow the Catholic Church’s teachings about the sanctity of human life. A pro-abortion Democrat, Biden has embraced an increasingly radical pro-abortion position that supports abortions up to birth and taxpayer-funded abortions. Though Biden claims to be a faithful Catholic, his actions openly defy his faith when it comes to protecting babies in the womb. That is why, about two weeks ago, a South Carolina priest refused to serve communion to Biden during Mass. The decision sparked national media attention and renewed a debate among Christians about whether it is right to...
  • Liberal Congregations in Five States Move towards Leaving UMC

    10/11/2019 5:11:24 PM PDT · by lightman · 35 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | 9 October A.D. 2019 | John Lomperis
    Recently at least eleven liberal United Methodist congregations in five different states, from the Deep South to the far North, have publicly announced that they are taking at least initial steps towards leaving the United Methodist Church. These moves are all being made directly in protest over our denomination’s continued official traditionalist policies on marriage and sexual morality. Eight of these eleven congregations are formally affiliated with the LGBTQ-liberationist Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). On September 8, members of Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Savannah, Georgia, voted by a whopping 309-7 to disaffiliate from the UMC. Then on September 17,...