Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Methodist Official Dismissive of Christ's Teachings on Homosexuality

Bill Mefford, an official of the General Board of Church & Society of the United Methodist Church, posted a response on social media dismissing the teachings of Jesus Christ on human sexuality, following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month.

Mefford posted on the Facebook page of Maxie Dunnam, president emeritus of Asbury Theological Seminary, where Mefford celebrated and confused the Supreme Court's ruling with the Holy Spirit. Mefford told Dunnam, "I never have asked Jesus to define marriage."

Dunnam, a United Methodist himself and outspoken proponent of a Christian understanding of marriage, posted on social media declaring "Jesus, not the Supreme Court, defines marriage for the Church."

The United Methodist Church's Book of Discipline states that "The practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching." Practicing homosexuals are ineligible for ordination, according to the rules governing the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the United States.

Mefford's full reply to Dunnam's post reads:

"Well I never have asked Jesus to define marriage, but I have sensed the joy of the Holy Spirit today as so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ (and in the United Methodist Church as well!) celebrate that their love for each other is recognized at long-last. Love really has won the today and I can only hope love will win in the United Methodist Church as well." Keep reading

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