Methodist Church to vote on highly controversial issue.

Methodist to vote to allow LGBT Preachers and acceptance of LGBT lifestyle.  I do believe that G_d loves all people and accepts all sinners and we (humans) all fit into that category for our many sins.  What I cannot accept though and agree to is to discard and ignore dogmatic statements in Scriptures that gives clear indication of how G_d feels about homosexuality practices.  I do believe that the church should be open to all people and extend the love of G_d, through Christ, to all people but I do not believe in rewriting Scriptures so as not to offend someone or a group of people who happen to not like what it says.  

I, unlike some leaders in the Church, (and I'm not a member of the Methodist Church, but I have attended a Methodist Church in the past) I do not believe that the Church, or any Church, should change to cater to the people or parishioners but rather it is the Church's responsibility to adhere to the Scriptures as originally accepted from the Church's founding.  The Church should not change just because the people around the Church change over time. 

Be as the Bereans ( Acts 17:11 )
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Pastors are just as flawed as the congregations that they preach/minister unto and they always will be.  Unfortunately though many congregations elevate their pastors almost to a position of deity and consider them above reproach or rebuke and that should not be.  Most Churches have pulpit committees or procedures in place to choose pastors or the pastors are appointed by a Church board and/or assigned to a particular Church or congregation based upon their qualifications and experience.  In most Churches they do screenings of their pastor and interviews where questions are ask as to what the prospective Pastor believes about certain issues and doctrines.  Usually the prospective pastor is also observed in their existing Church positions and critiqued before they ever get to the position of receiving a letter notifying them they are under consideration for a certain position.  Sure some could lie, and do, and there are even atheist that have taken positions as pastors (as at least 2 have admitted to in secret questionnaires where no names or identities were revealed in the Southern Baptist  Convention).  The reason they chose not to quit was, as they said, the money was just too easy and too much to leave.  

Sadly many pastors/ministers abuse their positions and it is a job to them rather than a calling and they take advantage of their congregations treating them as some form or representative of deity.  The pastor/ministers also remain accountable to their congregations and/or denomination's hierarchy and management authorities.  Any congregation should and would want their pastor/minister/Spiritual leader to be not only accountable but to set the standard and conform to the examples as set by Christ himself.  The Scriptures are the constitution of the Church and although they are interpreted differently with different denominations most are fairly consistent in areas of dogma but differ more in areas of doctrinal differences.  Most pastors that are gay or homosexual, as there are most likely some, would (depending on the denomination) most likely conceal it and wouldn't be the flaming open examples as many think of when they think of homosexuals.  Actually very few homosexuals, I believe, fit that description anyways although there are some that are very much "in your face" type people.  Most I believe are just like everyone else and just want to live their lives as they desire free from judgement and abuse or oppression.

 

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