Kudos To The United Methodist Church

Recently, at a special session of the United Methodist Church’s General Conference (that convened in St. Louis, Missouri), an attempt was made to lift the denomination’s band on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy.
According to the released account of the attempt, it failed by 75 votes (374 to 449). The United Methodist is reported to have an international membership of more than 12 million members.
From all indications, it was the African delegates that determined the vote to uphold the band on same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy.
The African United Methodists are said to make-up over forty percent of the total membership of the church globally.
After being lectured by a few of the bishops and prelates from America, those strict, courageous, and uncompromising spiritual descendants of John Wesley, who embraced a literal interpretation of the scriptures and believe that what the Bible teaches on the subject of same-sex marriage and the LGBT lifestyle are absolute, inerrant, and immutable, stood completely unified, along with some others from America.
Their bold stand was enough to derail and defeat the delegates who wanted to replace the traditional plan, which reinforced the denomination’s current prohibitions with the One Church plan that would have allowed same-sex marriage and LGBT clergy.
In an age of escalating heresies, apostasy, and an attack on the absolute authority of the Bible as the supreme standard, whereby all Christian doctrines, practices, and traditions must be tried and measured.
It is both encouraging and inspiring to find a situation where followers of Jesus Christ are not compromising and cowering or watering down the truth in order to be inclusive and appeal to religious liberals, who do not cling to the tenets of the Christian faith.
Right here, I believe that it is necessary to make some assertions of truth that will hopefully dispel any attempts to label me as being hateful and homophobic.
First, the term homophobic is a derivative from the word homophobia, which means the fear, dislike, or hatred of homosexuals.
It is not fair or correct to classify me or anyone else as being homophobic because we do not endorse or believe that the practice of homosexuality is consistent with the teachings of the Bible.
Do we not have the choice and right to hate the practice and love the practioners? We would stand guilty before God, if we hated people who were perhaps guilty, in our estimation, of embracing beliefs, practices, and behaviors that were not consistent with His Word.
On the other end of the equation, I would be equally guilty of compromising my convictions in favor of endorsing a practice or belief that the Bible clearly and emphatically condemns.
Is it possible that what many desire in the LGBT circle is for folks, like me and the United Methodist Church delegates, who oppose the move to annul the traditional stand against same-sex marriage and gay clergy, is in complete and unequivocal agreement and acceptance of the practice of homosexuality?
This appears to be the desire and demand of many in both the LGBT community and ultra-liberal left. Their activism seem to have gone far beyond acquiring civil rights to an attempt to force others to agree with and accept their abnormal and unnatural lifestyles as normal and moral.
This campaign is a subtle attempt and conspiracy to redefine cultural and social norms that have been established for thousands of years by both religious and secular education as normal and inbred human behavior.
Though I completely disagree and oppose any belief and effort of any group to deprive another of basic human and civil rights that belong to every person and citizen of this nation, I equally oppose those who would employ intimidation, false accusations, and branding people as homophobic who condemn and hate the practice, but love the people.
Even if we believe that people are perhaps wrong who disapprove or even disdain some belief or practice that we embrace or endorse, they must be given the right to disagree or to be wrong (in our estimation) without us becoming hostile towards them or villainizing them.
I do not think that most people who embrace a biblical interpretation of the LGBT lifestyle and the ordination of gays into the ministry as unbiblical and wrong are homophobic. I am in that number and unlike some, I have both charity and courage with my conviction.
Once again, I want to commend my brethren from the United Methodist Church from both Africa and America, who had courage with their convictions to do the right thing. May all Christians in America and around the world imitate your example to remain true to God’s Word, regardless of the repercussions that are certain to come.