Methodists Deny Splitting Over LGBT Issues

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The United Methodist Church is struggling to maintain unity amid deep divisions over Scripture and sexuality, the presiding bishop of America’s second-largest Protestant denomination acknowledged. Responding to rumors of a potential breakup at the quadrennial United Methodist General Conference, Bishop Bruce Ough said Tuesday (May 17) that the leadership is “not advancing or advocating any plan of separation or reorganization of the denomination.”

9 Comments

  • Reply May 19, 2016

    Varnel Watson

    NOW this is the news of the day that every one needs to pay attention to. If the CHURCH was united, bathroom issues would have not mattered. The problem is that we have a church divided and undecided… Terry Wiles William DeArteaga David Lewayne Porter Alan N Carla Smith

    • Reply May 19, 2016

      Terry Wiles

      True in politics too.

  • Reply May 19, 2016

    Mary Ellen Nissley

    Troy Day, isn’t the true church united on this?
    It seems to me that it’s just the visible body that calls itself
    “church” that is not united on this issue… Fact is, just as in the “church in the wilderness” there was a “mixed multitude” who weren’t actually of Israel (Ex 12:38,) even so in the church, there are those who call themselves Christian, who are not truly of Christ.

    • Reply May 19, 2016

      David Lewayne Porter

      Exactly

  • Reply May 19, 2016

    Varnel Watson

    No. I think this is a real issue with the EMC in America going on as we speak

    • Reply May 19, 2016

      Mary Ellen Nissley

      Judgement must begin at the house of God.

  • Reply May 19, 2016

    Michael Stidham

    They’re not splitting up…YET. “Yet” is the operative word. Their Council of Bishops has been directed, in true Methodist fashion, to set up a commission to examine and possibly edit all the passages in their Book of Discipline with regard to human sexuality.
    They will come back at either a special called General Conference in about 2 years or so, or wait until the next regular GC in 2016 to make determinations on the matter. Splitting is not entirely off the table, but the can has been given a long punt down the road.
    IMO (speaking as one who is still only in the most technical sense a United Methodist simply because I haven’t moved my membership since I moved away), the fix is in.

  • Reply May 29, 2016

    Varnel Watson

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    Varnel Watson

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