The future of The United Methodist Church [June 17, 2007 {0688}; An e-Review Florida UMNS Commentary by Bishop Timothy W. Whitaker]

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

Limiting bishops and cabinets to remove pastors as they see fit keeps politics out of the issue. Pastors who act according to God’s word should not be fired or transferred because the bishops want that pastor to be politically correct. Bishops are not taking God’s stand on the homosexual issues before the church; nor are they standing up for the laws that are democratically decided on by the majority of voters when they promote hiding illegals. Bishop Whitaker said we should not be “Pollyannaish” about our problems. I think we should be. “Pollyannaish” means expecting a favorable outcome. That’s what prayer and nudges from the Holy Spirit cause. The dog that died, the one the bishop talked about, was the dog of  “Liberalism and Compromise” in the church. And last: “risk taking missions” are fine as long as they don’t contradict God’s word and what He wants the church to do.

Keith Croft
First United Methodist Church of Port St. John, Cocoa

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