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John Wesley’s Fear has come True

I clipped this news article from the internet. While I know the internet is a place where you need to be discerning about what is true and false, this article and the interview it presents did actually happen.

Leaders from the United Methodist Church have announced a tentative plan to split the church over differences on whether or not Methodists should be Christian or some sort of social group with a vague deist motif that makes up morality based on whatever it feels like.

“There was just no way to reconcile differences,” said Rev. Lloyd Patrick, one of those dismayed by the recent push by traditionalists to follow the Bible instead of each person’s own heart. “A lot of people still want to follow Jesus — a person from 2000 years ago who made no statements about pronouns and thus has no relevance today — which is just silly since we all know so much more now and have a better grasp on morality than a bunch of ancient people.”

Rev. Patrick went on to describe how Christian beliefs put an unnecessary burden on people, as they can lead to ridicule or even being canceled. “I guess they don’t have to worry about that in primitive places overseas,” Rev. Patrick said, “but we can’t be expected to deal with that in the U.S.”

While most of the U.S. Methodist churches are moving in a more modern direction, away from outdated beliefs like Christianity (comment: chronological snobbery), it’s mainly in less developed nations ( in places like Africa that are still hung up on things like the Bible, necessitating the split. We got no statements from anyone there, though, as it didn’t seem worth listening to such unenlightened views.

I chose to join the Methodist church seven years ago after a struggle with Baptist polity that left me disillusioned and close to burn out. I stayed with the United Methodist for seven years and then, after being basically dumped by the conference in which my membership resides. I joined the Methodist church thinking that the Methodist church would still be seeking the things John Wesley sought. I was wrong.

Still, I continue to attend a Methodist church due to my wife being on staff and due to the fact that the church she is on staff with is a very orthodox leaning church.

I do not know Rev. Patrick. He is not a leader I would follow. His statement is full of logical fallacies and seems to be derogatory toward the Methodist church in Africa. I feel sad for such people who seem not to have an actual relationship with Jesus. I feel sad for people who have abandoned Christianity for modernism. However, the Lord told us this would happen.  

For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. (2 Tim. 4:3-4 NRS)

The myth that morality is defined by culture and that there are no moral absolutes has always been a stumbling block to humanity. We, since the fall, have a tendency to try and define what is moral by our own preferences. Please pray for those who have abandoned faith for a pseudo-relevance that will only lead to consequences that will not building the church up but drag it down.

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