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Letter: LGBTQ movement should leave United Methodist Church alone
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The Book of Discipline contains the rules that guide The United Methodist Church. This 2017 photo was provided by the United Methodist News Service. - photo by Associated Press

The United Methodist denomination is being hijacked this weekend.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer movement could change the rules that have prevailed in the United Methodist Church since 1972 and traditions long before.

A Special Conference of 864 delegates from around the world will meet to determine if the Book of Discipline should be changed regarding homosexuality.

There are four plans that will be debated. Two of them, the Traditional Plan and the One Church Plan, will be most important.

The Traditional Plan will maintain the current wording in the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church and provide consequences to those who fail to uphold their ordination vows. Preachers cannot be a “self-avowed practicing” homosexual or officiate marrying homosexuals on (or off) church property. This plan causes the least cost and disruption to the United Methodist Church.

The One Church Plan will permit preachers to be openly homosexual and marry homosexuals on (or off) church property. That means homosexuals will be in church leadership roles.

Two sections of the Book of Discipline could be changed to allow laity money to support and promote homosexual issues, which is not allowed today.

Church property will remain with the United Methodist Church as we know it today, lots of money. It does not belong to the congregation.

The One Church Plan is actually not a One Church Plan. It will not apply to all Methodist congregations. The homosexuality issue will be sent down to each individual congregation (U.S. and international) to vote on which plan they want to use in their local church.

It is possible that one congregation could be for the One Church Plan and the next church down the road could be against the homosexual issue and its ramifications.

The vote could end lifelong friendships or even split families. The Methodist Church would be anything but united.

The issue we are discussing is really about the interpretation of traditional Scripture versus the LGBTQ version that uses the Scripture and the prevailing culture of that time for interpretation. Then apply that interpretation to today’s current culture. What has changed since 1972, the Bible or our culture?

The two greatest commandments Jesus said, 1) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. 2) “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Also, the Golden Rule, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.”

Love the sinner, not the sin. All of us are sinners. If I sin, I repent and try not to commit that sin again. The LGBTQ people want to justify what they are doing is not a sin and continue to live their lifestyle.

I have lesbian friends, love them and welcome them to our church but not on the pulpit.

What is the goal of the LGBTQ group, power, recognition, money? Why not just leave the United Methodist Church alone? We have been doing fine for many years.

Wayne Stradley

Gainesville

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