Not So Fast Say the United Methodists – They Will Not Accept Gay Clergy

BJS member Dennis Peskey found this interesting story on line and passed it along to us. Even though they entered into full communion with the ELCA, the United Methodist Church (UMC) will not be accepting gay clergy into thier pulpits.

The Lutheran vote Aug. 21 to drop its ban on gay clergy, coming a day after the denomination approved a full communion pact including the sharing of clergy with The United Methodist Church, raised the question of whether practicing homosexual Lutheran pastors would be permitted in United Methodist pulpits.

Leaders from both churches said Aug. 26, however, that The United Methodist Church’s ban on noncelibate gay clergy is unchanged.

Palmer  speaks at a press conference.

“Our Book of Discipline on that subject did not become null and void when they took that vote,” said Bishop Gregory Palmer, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops. “It still applies to United Methodist clergy.”

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About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


Not So Fast Say the United Methodists – They Will Not Accept Gay Clergy — 5 Comments

  1. I guess this makes United Methodists a little more Lutheran than ELCA Lutherans. That is Lutheran in the catholic sense of the word.

  2. The sexuality issue is far from settled in the UMC. While the old liberal guard stands strong and really would like to push this through, the UMC differs from the ELCA, PCUSA, and the Episcopal Church. It also includes a lot of third world Methodists. This part of Methodism is growing while the liberal portion is dying. See this Touchstone article for more information.
    The ELCA actions on homosexuality is going to cause a lot of problems for the UMC. It certainly isn’t going to play well among many Methodists in the rural South as well as the aforementioned Africans.
    While none of this is going to change the Methodist view on the Sacraments or move them toward understanding justification in a traditional Lutheran way, the UMC is actually drifting a little bit back toward traditional Christianity.

  3. I don’t know. I think all church bodies, including our own, are so schizophrenic when it comes to practice and even dogma. Not only does it seem to vary from region to region, but from block to block. When one church is traditional, the one down the street ‘offers’ something new.
    When one region has been tantalized back to its roots, another, wondering what all the fuss has been about, is just getting started in its experimental period.
    So it follows that, till the end of time, churches will wander back and forth, some congregations leading the charge into ‘God’s new way’, others playing catch-up, all of them really just chasing their tails.
    Sometimes, isn’t taking up the traditions once again simply another ‘new thing’, and tempting for that reason alone? Isn’t it, sometimes, just more temporary dabbling?
    (Cynical much?)

  4. Not really cynical, in my opinion, but realistic.
    Although the philosopher Immanuel Kant had apparantly great problems understanding Christianity, he did understand mankind and original sin when he said (paraphrased):

    “Out of the crooked timber of humanity, nothing exactly straight can be built.”

  5. REVELATION 22:18,19 says it all. “Do not add or take away from THE WORD.” Have some not finished reading the Bible??? We all know that it is a struggle to turn from sin, but when a church votes and it turns from the truth, it seems it gives them permission to continue in the sin. I would like to see all voting be by secret ballot in every situation. How much “change” is brought about through peer pressure.

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