Our bigoted brethren …

[T]he preliminary vote Monday showed that the Traditional Plan, which calls for keeping the LGBT bans and enforcing them more strictly, had the support of 56 percent …

Formed in a merger in 1968, the United Methodist Church claims about 12.6 million members worldwide, including nearly 7 million in the U.S. While other mainline Protestant denominations, such as the Episcopal and Presbyterian (U.S.A.) churches, have embraced the two gay-friendly practices, the Methodist church still officially bans them, even though acts of defiance by pro-LGBT clergy have multiplied and talk of a possible breakup has intensified.

The strong showing for the Traditional Plan reflects the fact that the UMC, unlike other mainstream Protestant churches in the U.S., is a global denomination. About 43 percent of the delegates in St. Louis are from abroad, mostly from Africa, and overwhelmingly support the LGBT bans.

We Africans are not children in need of Western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics,” the Rev. Jerry Kulah, dean at a Methodist theology school in Liberia, said in a speech over the weekend. We stand with the global church, not a culturally liberal church elite in the U.S.”

Associated Press via Washington Post

The saddest part of the impending United Methodist breakup (“delegates Monday approved plans that would allow disaffected churches to leave the denomination while keeping their property”) is not just that the denomination is forsaking consistent Christian teaching on sexuality, but that they are clearly (if not explicitly) repudiating their large, zealous African contingent as bigots.

February 26, 2019

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