Working for the unity of the church

Delegates consider legislation at the 2012 United Methodist General Conference in Tampa, Fla. A UMNS photo by Mike DuBose.

“God works through us and sometimes beyond us.”  Ken Carter (Western North Carolina, USA, clergy) suggests that one of the amendments under consideration on homosexuality was “evangelical, grace-filled, and missional.”


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  1. Pastor Stephen Burkhart

    Watched this live stream. I don’t perceive the Hamilton/Slaughter ammendment was rejected because of it’s content. It is a beautiful piece of Evangelical writing. But rather, it seemed obvious in the discussions that this would be an opening floodgate to attack marriage and ordination standards(even though Adam made it clear that was not his intention). I share the heart of the Pastor interviewed in concern.

    1. pastorsmate

      Stephen, I agree — it was rejected because it would offer a foot in the door, in a very dangerous way.

  2. Steve

    It’s effect (whether intentional or not) would have been to put both sides on exactly equal footing, to say that this struggle does not have to do with what the Bible says, but what each side believes, and that each side, each belief, is equal in value and worth. Ultimately, THIS change would have been what starts the slow evolution towards disintegration.

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