I get notes all the time about politics and religion and where to draw the line etc.  It is getting harder to draw the line anywhere any more.  Infanticide is a theological issue and so are many other things that we face.  They are theological issue because they are at heart a denial of God as Creator and Christ as Redeemer.  The article below is an amazing witness.

 

 

2019 UMC General Conference

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Mark Tooley

by Mark Tooley


 

February 23, 2019

African United Methodists Won’t Trade Bible for Dollars

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(Here are remarks of Dr. Jerry P. Kulah, Dean of Gbarnga School of Theology, United Methodist University in Liberia, to the Reform and Renewal Coalition Breakfast at the United Methodist Church Special General Conference Session in St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, 23 February 2019.)

Brothers and sister of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ!

We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and prayer as we have prepared for this special General Conference session. And we praise God there are thousands upon thousands still on bended knees interceding on our behalf as we make a defining decision regarding the future of The United Methodist Church.

I thank God for His precious Word to us, and I thank him for you, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.

As the General Coordinator of UMC Africa Initiative I greet you on behalf of all its members and leaders. We want to thank the  Renewal and Reform Coalition within the United Methodist Church for the invitation to address you at this important breakfast meeting.

As I understand it, the plans before us seek to find a lasting solution to the long debate over our church’s sexual ethics, its teachings on marriage, and it ordination standards.

This debate and the numerous acts of defiance have brought the United Methodist Church to a crossroads (Jeremiah 6:16).

One plans invites the people called United Methodists to take a road in opposition to the Bible and two thousand years of Christian teachings. Going down that road would divide the church. Those advocating for the One Church Plan would have us take that road.

Another road invites us to reaffirm Christian teachings rooted in Scripture and the church’s rich traditions.

It says, “All persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God,” that “All persons need the ministry of the Church,” and that “We affirm that God’s grace is available to all.”

It grounds our sexual ethics in Scripture when it says, the UM Church does “not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers [it] incompatible with Christian teaching.”

While “we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons,” we do not celebrate same-sex marriages or ordain for ministry people who self-avow as practicing homosexuals. These practices do not conform to the authentic teaching of the Holy Scriptures, our primary authority for faith and Christian living.

However, we extend grace to all people because we all know we are sinners in need of God’s redeeming. We know how critical and life changing God’s grace has been in our own lives.

We warmly welcome all people to our churches; we long to be in fellowship with them, to pray with them, to weep with them, and to experience the joy of transformation with them.

Friends, please hear me, we Africans are not afraid of our sisters and brothers who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning, or queer. We love them and we hope the best for them. But we know of no compelling arguments for forsaking our church’s understanding of Scripture and the teachings of the church universal.

And then please hear me when I say as graciously as I can: we Africans are not children in need of western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics. We do not need to hear a progressive U.S. bishop lecture us about our need to “grow up.”

Let me assure you, we Africans, whether we have liked it or not, have had to engage in this debate for many years now. We stand with the global church, not a culturally liberal, church elite, in the U.S.

We stand with our Filipino friends! We stand with our sisters and brothers in Europe and Russia! And yes, we stand with our allies in America.

We stand with farmers in Zambia, tech workers in Nairobi, Sunday School teachers in Nigeria, biblical scholars in Liberia, pastors in the Congo, United Methodist Women in Cote d’Ivoire, and thousands of other United Methodists all across Africa who have heard no compelling reasons for changing our sexual ethics, our teachings on marriage, and our ordination standards!

We are grounded in God’s word and the gracious and clear teachings of our church. On that we will not yield! We will not take a road that leads us from the truth! We will take the road that leads to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ for transformation of the world!

I hope and pray, for your sake, that you will walk down that road with us. We would warmly welcome you as our traveling companions, but if you choose another road, we Africans cannot go with you.

The vast majority of we Africans support the Modified Traditional Plan for two very important reasons.

First, we believe it is clearly rooted in Scripture and the teachings of Christians in all times and in all places. It reaffirms our church’s belief that “marriage is defined as a sacred relationship between one man and one woman,” not between any two consenting adults.

Second, passage of the Modified Traditional Plan will keep far more United Methodists united as one church than any of the other plans.

I want to be united with my sisters and brothers in our global connection. I hope you want that as well. Let us all walk together in a church steeped in Scripture and the life transforming teachings of our church.

Finally, I trust you will support a gracious exit petition.

Some Africans have been told that if a gracious exit petition is passed our evangelical friends in the U.S. will go their own way and no longer support efforts in Africa. That is not true.

Many of us in Africa have developed deep and long lasting friendships with our brothers and sisters in the U.S. Those relationships will not be severed if a gracious exit petition passes.

Unfortunately, some United Methodists in the U.S. have the very faulty assumption that all Africans are concerned about is U.S. financial support. Well, I am sure, being sinners like all of you, some Africans are fixated on money.

But with all due respect, a fixation on money seems more of an American problem than an African one. We get by on far less than most Americans do; we know how to do it. I’m not so sure you do. So if anyone is so naïve or condescending as to think we would sell our birth right in Jesus Christ for American dollars, then they simply do not know us.

We are seriously joyful in following Jesus Christ and God’s holy word to us in the Bible. And in truth, we think many people in the U.S. and in parts of Europe could learn a great deal from us. The UM churches, pastors and lay people who partner with us acknowledge as much.

Please understand me when I say the vast majority of African United Methodists will never, ever trade Jesus and the truth of the Bible for money.

We will walk alone if necessary, and yet we are confident the ties of Christian fellowship we have with friends here in U.S. will not be severed even if they too must walk apart from a church that would adopt the One Church Plan.

We believe all local churches should be treated fairly and so we strongly support a gracious exit plan.

Friends, not too long ago my country was ravaged by a terrible civil war. And then we faced the outbreak of the Ebola virus. We are keenly familiar with hardship and sorrow, but Jesus has led us through every trial. So nothing that happens over the next few days will deter us from following Him, and Him alone.

We will persevere in the race before us. We will remain steadfast and faithful. And some day we will wear the victor’s crown of glory with our King Jesus! Come walk with us!

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!


156 Responses to African United Methodists Won’t Trade Bible for Dollars

    1. deaf ears and the decline of this former mainline Lutheran group has accelerated tremendously since.
      WIll the United Methodists refuse to hear this Christian leader’s counsel? Please…let these Believers graciously leave, if not.

    1. Gift says:

      I am proud of this stance. Don’t be intimidated by material status of other church members before God you are the same. On matters of value we have the Scripture for guidance ; if one makes another source their source so be it but not in the name of the Church of Jesus Christ. We attract people to church by standing for godly values not by stooping low/compromising our values. I liked the statement – we better be divided by the truth not to be united by lies – a statement by a Liberian lay delegate.

    1. Gift Kany says:

      The great evangelist Billy Graham was once accussed of preaching a backward theology which would take the church a century backwards. he responded what a compliment I desire to take the church to that of 2000 years ago which is the early church. technology, buildings, print media might change but the teachings and principles of the church must not be changed. In the Book of Discipline some lines must never change as much as verses from the Bible will not change. This is consistent with having the Scriptures as the superior source of teachings and church doctrine.

    1. Rev. Jeffrey O’Vell says:

      As a pastor of a sister denomination, Wesleyan, I rejoice in and stand with Dr. Kulah’s address. The Lord will yet have a witness in these days.

    1. Bruce French says:

      Spot on, Dr. Kulah!
      Can I hear a big Amen from some US bishops?

    1. Pamela Walker says:

      I agree 100% and praise God for Dr. Kulah who has stated very clear and simple what we as children of God have been instructed to do.

    1. Olusola says:

      Thank you for the word of truth Dr. Kulah. This is another call for leaders to stand firm for truth as they lead the generation that is loosing focus of dignity and most importantly God’s plan for human race. Not even lower animals deviate to same sex relationship.

    1. Diana Binford says:

      Praise the Lord for you, Dr. Jerry P. Kehul! We are with you all the way. I didn’t think that I would see the day that someone from a foreign country would have to tell the U.S. UMC about the importance of following Jesus and His teachings. Thank you for your boldness. And yes, we are still on our knees about these issues. May God bless you richly!
      David and Diana Binford

    1. Dr. Glenn E. Casteel says:

      I wish our pastors and churches had the same spirit and hunger for the Truth that this Pastor speaks of. It seems we still haven not learned our lesson from Adam and Eve and the tree in the garden. We still want to know as much as God and have our own way. Thank you and Bless you Dr. Kulah!

    1. Pat says:

      Praise God for you Dr Kulah! Your words should be heard by everyone in MUC! So many are so afraid to stand up for God’s word because they either don’t have the courage or Satan has blocked their ears. We are all born sinners and make the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our redeemer when we repent of our sins! The Bible is clear on sin, if you are “born gay” it is no different than being born with any sin. We as Christians should treat the unsaved with love and kindness, praying that they will repent and turn to God! They are not the ones who should be given positions contrary to God’s word!
      Thank you to the pastors and congregations who have already made the choice to stand for God and not what the so called leaders of the conference who are trying to please everyone, Not God’s Words!

    1. Atty. Ambrose Jah says:

      Thanks Bishop. We are with you

    1. Nancy Jacobs says:

      Thank you for standing firmly in God and His Word! I am honored to continue in the race set out before us with you. We are not to be of this world, but in it as a peculiar people. If we are no different than the world, what do we have that will light the way to Jesus? We are here so briefly that we must choose to take every opportunity to stand firmly rooted in God’s Word, loving others, so someday they may join us in Heaven for it is not His will that any should perish.

    1. Vicky says:

      Thank you VERY much! So thankful that you’ve taken a strong stand for God & His Word. How refreshing; how encouraging!
      Praise God!!

    1. Gregory A Miller says:

      Methodists from west sent thousands of missionaries in the 19th and 20th century to Africa to save souls and now the children of those welcomed into the family of God have reminded us of scriptural truth.

    1. James Phillips says:

      Amen, Brother! Thank you so much for being rooted in scripture and faithful to God’s word while still expressing the love and Grace of Jesus Christ. I am a Baptist pastor in America and truly appreciate your perspective. There is much the American Christians can learn from your wise comments. Thanks for working to keep United Methodist united!

    1. Deborah says:

      As someone of Nigerian heritage who is converting to Judaism, but no less interested in this topic, thank G-d for these men. The Law of Moses is crystal clear on this topic and will not be changed. By all means, stand against the violent treatment of those with homosexual experiences. However, this does not entail an acceptance of sins that G-d has expressly forbidden in Scripture.

    1. Judy Mc says:

      Praise God for our brother’s strong conviction in the necessity of God’s Word as our rule of faith and practice!
      Hallelujah!! Amen!!

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2019 UMC General Conference

10 ARTICLES IN THIS TOPIC

Mark Tooley

by Mark Tooley


@markdtooley

February 23, 2019

African United Methodists Won’t Trade Bible for Dollars

(Here are remarks of Dr. Jerry P. Kulah, Dean of Gbarnga School of Theology, United Methodist University in Liberia, to the Reform and Renewal Coalition Breakfast at the United Methodist Church Special General Conference Session in St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, 23 February 2019.)

Brothers and sister of The United Methodist Church from all around the world, I humbly greet you in the strong name of Jesus Christ!

We thank God for all who have participated in observing a sacred season of fasting and prayer as we have prepared for this special General Conference session. And we praise God there are thousands upon thousands still on bended knees interceding on our behalf as we make a defining decision regarding the future of The United Methodist Church.

I thank God for His precious Word to us, and I thank him for you, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.

As the General Coordinator of UMC Africa Initiative I greet you on behalf of all its members and leaders. We want to thank the Renewal and Reform Coalition within the United Methodist Church for the invitation to address you at this important breakfast meeting.

As I understand it, the plans before us seek to find a lasting solution to the long debate over our church’s sexual ethics, its teachings on marriage, and it ordination standards.

This debate and the numerous acts of defiance have brought the United Methodist Church to a crossroads (Jeremiah 6:16).

One plans invites the people called United Methodists to take a road in opposition to the Bible and two thousand years of Christian teachings. Going down that road would divide the church. Those advocating for the One Church Plan would have us take that road.

Another road invites us to reaffirm Christian teachings rooted in Scripture and the church’s rich traditions.

It says, “All persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God,” that “All persons need the ministry of the Church,” and that “We affirm that God’s grace is available to all.”

It grounds our sexual ethics in Scripture when it says, the UM Church does “not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers [it] incompatible with Christian teaching.”

While “we commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons,” we do not celebrate same-sex marriages or ordain for ministry people who self-avow as practicing homosexuals. These practices do not conform to the authentic teaching of the Holy Scriptures, our primary authority for faith and Christian living.

However, we extend grace to all people because we all know we are sinners in need of God’s redeeming. We know how critical and life changing God’s grace has been in our own lives.

We warmly welcome all people to our churches; we long to be in fellowship with them, to pray with them, to weep with them, and to experience the joy of transformation with them.

Friends, please hear me, we Africans are not afraid of our sisters and brothers who identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered, questioning, or queer. We love them and we hope the best for them. But we know of no compelling arguments for forsaking our church’s understanding of Scripture and the teachings of the church universal.

And then please hear me when I say as graciously as I can: we Africans are not children in need of western enlightenment when it comes to the church’s sexual ethics. We do not need to hear a progressive U.S. bishop lecture us about our need to “grow up.”

Let me assure you, we Africans, whether we have liked it or not, have had to engage in this debate for many years now. We stand with the global church, not a culturally liberal, church elite, in the U.S.

We stand with our Filipino friends! We stand with our sisters and brothers in Europe and Russia! And yes, we stand with our allies in America.

We stand with farmers in Zambia, tech workers in Nairobi, Sunday School teachers in Nigeria, biblical scholars in Liberia, pastors in the Congo, United Methodist Women in Cote d’Ivoire, and thousands of other United Methodists all across Africa who have heard no compelling reasons for changing our sexual ethics, our teachings on marriage, and our ordination standards!

We are grounded in God’s word and the gracious and clear teachings of our church. On that we will not yield! We will not take a road that leads us from the truth! We will take the road that leads to the making of disciples of Jesus Christ for transformation of the world!

I hope and pray, for your sake, that you will walk down that road with us. We would warmly welcome you as our traveling companions, but if you choose another road, we Africans cannot go with you.

The vast majority of we Africans support the Modified Traditional Plan for two very important reasons.

First, we believe it is clearly rooted in Scripture and the teachings of Christians in all times and in all places. It reaffirms our church’s belief that “marriage is defined as a sacred relationship between one man and one woman,” not between any two consenting adults.

Second, passage of the Modified Traditional Plan will keep far more United Methodists united as one church than any of the other plans.

I want to be united with my sisters and brothers in our global connection. I hope you want that as well. Let us all walk together in a church steeped in Scripture and the life transforming teachings of our church.

Finally, I trust you will support a gracious exit petition.

Some Africans have been told that if a gracious exit petition is passed our evangelical friends in the U.S. will go their own way and no longer support efforts in Africa. That is not true.

Many of us in Africa have developed deep and long lasting friendships with our brothers and sisters in the U.S. Those relationships will not be severed if a gracious exit petition passes.

Unfortunately, some United Methodists in the U.S. have the very faulty assumption that all Africans are concerned about is U.S. financial support. Well, I am sure, being sinners like all of you, some Africans are fixated on money.

But with all due respect, a fixation on money seems more of an American problem than an African one. We get by on far less than most Americans do; we know how to do it. I’m not so sure you do. So if anyone is so naïve or condescending as to think we would sell our birth right in Jesus Christ for American dollars, then they simply do not know us.

We are seriously joyful in following Jesus Christ and God’s holy word to us in the Bible. And in truth, we think many people in the U.S. and in parts of Europe could learn a great deal from us. The UM churches, pastors and lay people who partner with us acknowledge as much.

Please understand me when I say the vast majority of African United Methodists will never, ever trade Jesus and the truth of the Bible for money.

We will walk alone if necessary, and yet we are confident the ties of Christian fellowship we have with friends here in U.S. will not be severed even if they too must walk apart from a church that would adopt the One Church Plan.

We believe all local churches should be treated fairly and so we strongly support a gracious exit plan.

Friends, not too long ago my country was ravaged by a terrible civil war. And then we faced the outbreak of the Ebola virus. We are keenly familiar with hardship and sorrow, but Jesus has led us through every trial. So nothing that happens over the next few days will deter us from following Him, and Him alone.

We will persevere in the race before us. We will remain steadfast and faithful. And some day we will wear the victor’s crown of glory with our King Jesus! Come walk with us!

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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  2. Helen Talley says:

    Dr. Jerry P. Kulah has reached many hearts through this letter that has found it’s way to Facebook. The article is well said and much needed.

    Our little country church wants to follow the same path. We believe in the Christian teachings and the sacred scriptures and the Bible in which are placed for our consumption, to feed our minds and hearts. We feel the One Church Plan is wrong and so we will follow the Modified Traditional Plan and share it with anyone who wants to know. Our little church struggles to do the things that are requested of us outside our own area. But when push comes to shove, we are all willing to help others in the same position.

    The floods that the Lord has once again sent into our area is a major task for us today. We all will pull together and work to hold back the water and then help to rebuild their homes. That’s how we share with others, no matter what faith or color they might be.

    We are a small area. Our church was one of many that were in a circuit many years ago. They were churches that were filled every Sunday and had believers of the Christian teachings. We don’t “ condone the practice of homosexuality and considers [it] incompatible with Christian teaching.” But that does not mean we don’t love them. We pray for them and help them to see the light. Jesus is there for all of us. We can only pray that the One Plan church does not succeed.

  3. Jim Jackson says:

    Keeping the main thing, the main thing.

  4. Ron Hallock says:

    God bless you for standing on His Truth and the Word of God.

    Ron Hallock, Minister, Christian Church

  5. Camille Marchbank says:

    Beautifully said and I totally agree with all that was written or spoken by our African fellow worshipers. We won’t sell our birth right for a few pieces of silver. Thanks for such an inspiration speech.

  6. V. Howerton says:

    Thanks be to God! You have so many who agree with you! Thank you for standing for the ONE who died for us. We love everyone. We don’t celebrate our own sin or the sins of others. We draw close to the One who holds us in His hand. WE all need HIS awesome presence 24/7 in our lives. We pray for God’s perfect will to be done in this as HE alone rules and reigns in this conference- we pray!!

    This article seems to hold the key to what is needed today…….
    World Challenge – Pulpit Series Newsletter
    THE POWER OF THE LORD’S PRESENCE
    David Wilkerson (1931-2011)
    February 25, 2019
    Scripture provides endless examples of how the Lord’s presence empowers his people to live for him. One of the most powerful examples is the life of Moses.

    Without God’s presence, Moses knew it was useless for him to attempt anything. When he spoke face to face with the Lord, he stated boldly, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15, NKJV). He was saying, “Lord, if you’re not with us, we’re not going to make it. We won’t take a single step unless we’re assured of your presence.”

    Moses knew it was God’s presence among them that set them apart from all other nations. Today, the same is true of God’s people. The only thing that sets us apart from nonbelievers is God’s presence “with us,” leading us, guiding us, working his will in and through us.”
    Prayers for a people called Methodist!!

  7. God Bless you Dr Kulah
    Keep up the good work satan
    will be beaten.

  8. Debbie L. says:

    What Biblical truth and courage from this man of God! Oh, that other pastors in America would stand strong and bold in love on the Word! Yes, we all sin, but when we commit our lives to Christ, we strive to follow His teachings and Truth. He forgave the woman at the well, but told her to “Go and sin no more!” She was not to continue in her sinful ways. I would also hope that pastors globally would rise up in defense of the unborn. It is up to churches to lead the way.

  9. Deborah M Michalic says:

    Thank God for men like this.
    It is clear to me that in our country, and confirmed by the number of our bishops who are for the One Church Plan, that we (USA Methodist) unlike this man, can and are willing to be bought..at least the majority of bishops are. I think we need to “drain that swamp” too.

    Someone once told me that a religion who believes in everything really believes in nothing. Our ancestors worked hard for Methodism for us to destroy what they built.

  10. Donna Brunson says:

    If you love God , you will follow his rules and laws. We are to lead our lives as Jesus would. We are to love and help others who are different than us … but accepting their beliefs and completely disregarding ours .. is something I can not do. Thank you, Dr Kulah Wonderfully said. God Bless You

  11. M C says:

    Please keep up the good work. Many of us are afraid to speak the truth in love. Thanks for standing and being light in the darkness. I cried in some parts of this message because it was so moving. Thank you for standing for Christ and not mammon (the spirit of love of money)! You are a great example of how we all need to unite for good. May God continually bless you and keep Psalm 91 protected. AMEN!

  12. Annette Stiegler says:

    So so true and right from the bible. Amen

  13. Brian Vander Kodde says:

    Finally some denominational leaders who are not ashamed of the true gospel of Jesus. Jesus will not forget them. On the other hand, many who claim to be christians and yet abandon the truth of scripture will hear, “depart from me, I never knew you as they face the True and One and only Jesus on judgment day. Thanks African brothers. Thanks Dr. Kulah.

  14. Rev. Jack Richards says:

    Such a powerful affirmation from my Liberian Brother in Christ is similar to those offered by Mekane Yesu and The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania shared with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America ten years ago. Of course, their admonitions fell on mostly deaf ears and the decline of this former mainline Lutheran group has accelerated tremendously since.
    WIll the United Methodists refuse to hear this Christian leader’s counsel? Please…let these Believers graciously leave, if not.

  15. Gift says:

    I am proud of this stance. Don’t be intimidated by material status of other church members before God you are the same. On matters of value we have the Scripture for guidance ; if one makes another source their source so be it but not in the name of the Church of Jesus Christ. We attract people to church by standing for godly values not by stooping low/compromising our values. I liked the statement – we better be divided by the truth not to be united by lies – a statement by a Liberian lay delegate.

  16. Gift Kany says:

    The great evangelist Billy Graham was once accussed of preaching a backward theology which would take the church a century backwards. he responded what a compliment I desire to take the church to that of 2000 years ago which is the early church. technology, buildings, print media might change but the teachings and principles of the church must not be changed. In the Book of Discipline some lines must never change as much as verses from the Bible will not change. This is consistent with having the Scriptures as the superior source of teachings and church doctrine.

  17. Rev. Jeffrey O’Vell says:

    As a pastor of a sister denomination, Wesleyan, I rejoice in and stand with Dr. Kulah’s address. The Lord will yet have a witness in these days.

  18. Bruce French says:

    Spot on, Dr. Kulah!
    Can I hear a big Amen from some US bishops?

  19. Pamela Walker says:

    I agree 100% and praise God for Dr. Kulah who has stated very clear and simple what we as children of God have been instructed to do.

  20. Olusola says:

    Thank you for the word of truth Dr. Kulah. This is another call for leaders to stand firm for truth as they lead the generation that is loosing focus of dignity and most importantly God’s plan for human race. Not even lower animals deviate to same sex relationship.

  21. Diana Binford says:

    Praise the Lord for you, Dr. Jerry P. Kehul! We are with you all the way. I didn’t think that I would see the day that someone from a foreign country would have to tell the U.S. UMC about the importance of following Jesus and His teachings. Thank you for your boldness. And yes, we are still on our knees about these issues. May God bless you richly!
    David and Diana Binford

  22. Dr. Glenn E. Casteel says:

    I wish our pastors and churches had the same spirit and hunger for the Truth that this Pastor speaks of. It seems we still haven not learned our lesson from Adam and Eve and the tree in the garden. We still want to know as much as God and have our own way. Thank you and Bless you Dr. Kulah!

  23. Pat says:

    Praise God for you Dr Kulah! Your words should be heard by everyone in MUC! So many are so afraid to stand up for God’s word because they either don’t have the courage or Satan has blocked their ears. We are all born sinners and make the choice to accept Jesus Christ as our redeemer when we repent of our sins! The Bible is clear on sin, if you are “born gay” it is no different than being born with any sin. We as Christians should treat the unsaved with love and kindness, praying that they will repent and turn to God! They are not the ones who should be given positions contrary to God’s word!
    Thank you to the pastors and congregations who have already made the choice to stand for God and not what the so called leaders of the conference who are trying to please everyone, Not God’s Words!

  24. Atty. Ambrose Jah says:

    Thanks Bishop. We are with you

  25. Nancy Jacobs says:

    Thank you for standing firmly in God and His Word! I am honored to continue in the race set out before us with you. We are not to be of this world, but in it as a peculiar people. If we are no different than the world, what do we have that will light the way to Jesus? We are here so briefly that we must choose to take every opportunity to stand firmly rooted in God’s Word, loving others, so someday they may join us in Heaven for it is not His will that any should perish.

  26. Vicky says:

    Thank you VERY much! So thankful that you’ve taken a strong stand for God & His Word. How refreshing; how encouraging!
    Praise God!!

  27. Gregory A Miller says:

    Methodists from west sent thousands of missionaries in the 19th and 20th century to Africa to save souls and now the children of those welcomed into the family of God have reminded us of scriptural truth.

  28. James Phillips says:

    Amen, Brother! Thank you so much for being rooted in scripture and faithful to God’s word while still expressing the love and Grace of Jesus Christ. I am a Baptist pastor in America and truly appreciate your perspective. There is much the American Christians can learn from your wise comments. Thanks for working to keep United Methodist united!

  29. Deborah says:

    As someone of Nigerian heritage who is converting to Judaism, but no less interested in this topic, thank G-d for these men. The Law of Moses is crystal clear on this topic and will not be changed. By all means, stand against the violent treatment of those with homosexual experiences. However, this does not entail an acceptance of sins that G-d has expressly forbidden in Scripture.

  30. Judy Mc says:

    Praise God for our brother’s strong conviction in the necessity of God’s Word as our rule of faith and practice!
    Hallelujah!! Amen!!

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