To the Times of Ti:
I was shocked when I learned that several petitions were made supporting homosexuals at the Methodist Church Annual Conference in Rochester.
One that passed would remove exclusive language of homosexuality by deleting “The church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers it incompatible with Christian teachings.” Another would end discrimination against homosexual clergy.
The six that passed will be sent to General Conference scheduled for May 2012 in Tampa. The six tabled can still be sent to General Conference by the sponsors. A 2/3 vote at General Conference is required to make changes in Church Doctrine.
Now that the state has legalized same sex marriage, homosexuals will receive the state benefits of marriage. The law respects separation of church and state and makes it clear that no religious groups will be required to comply in any way.
The General Conference makes it clear in the Doctrinal Standards and our theological task – “United Methodists share with other Christians the conviction that Scripture is the primary source and criterion of Christian Doctrine.”
Scriptures that comes to mind are I Corinthians, Chapter 6, vs. 9 and 10, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor coveters, nor drunkards, nor revilers, no extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. Leviticus, Chapter 18, vs. 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womanhood, it is an abomination.
I feel we are all sinners, and will be judged by God. This does not in any way say the church should change its doctrine to support or satisfy our sins. Those members who do not want Church Doctrine changed should make their voices heard.
Hazel E. Flack