The United Methodist Church is definitely not united at the moment. Largely because of the more traditional views of the church in the third world, the UMC recently voted to retain a traditional view of marriage as being between a man and woman. That has angered a lot of the more progressive members and churches. A number have left the denomintation. Other have chosen to stay, hoping to reform the church. Others still, have chosen to simply defy the decison reached and ordain gay clergy and marry gay couples anyway.
Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary, has written some thoughts as the church prepares for the 2020 General Conference. He challenges the assumptions made by the progressives, specifically asking:
- Is the church of Jesus Christ “exclusionary”?
- Are those who hold a tradtional and biblical view unleashing irreparable harm on people, especially members of the LGBTQ community?
His comments are well-worth reading.