Gay Marriage + The Methodist Church = ?
So much of parenting is discipline. You watch what your kids do, and if they do something bad, you should teach them that they should not do it again. But if you let them get by with it--once, twice--you've dug yourself a hole. Eventually it becomes the norm, and now you have to live with the effects of an ill-behaved child.
What just happened in the Methodist Church demands extreme discipline. And if the leaders don't do it, they could lose the health and future of the entire denomination. The Blaze reports that 2 pastors just went against Methodist doctrine and married a gay couple in their church. "The Rev. Val Rosenquist and Bishop Melvin Talbert presided over the wedding of John Romano and Jim Wilborne — the first gay couple to be publicly married inside of a United Methodist Church in North Carolina," the article says.
The Church's doctrine specifically states marriage is to be between a man and a woman. “We affirm the sanctity of the marriage covenant that is expressed in love, mutual support, personal commitment, and shared fidelity between a man and a woman.”
But the pastors didn't care. In fact, they said they were doing the "true Christian" thing by disobeying the Church. Rev. Rosenquist said, “These folks are our brothers and sisters. It’s just a matter of obeying our covenant with one another throughout the church, that we are to minister to all and to treat all the same. I’m just following what I was ordained to do, what I was baptized to do.” She said the rules about marriage have “institutionalized oppression and discrimination.”
So what is the Methodist Church going to do? That is the real question. A statement by the denomination said, “We are aware of the wedding at First United Methodist Church on Saturday. Bishop Goodpaster will follow the procedures in The Book of Discipline if a formal complaint is filed.”
If a formal complaint is filed is what is concerning. What if it's not filed? Will the Methodist Church allow the defiance and abomination to go unchecked? And if so, why won't it happen again and again, until the name of Jesus and His Word is overrun by the idolatry of political correctness?
We pray that the leaders in the Methodist Church will act with wisdom and boldness. Do you agree? What do you think about his news? Share your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!