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Friday, August 28, 2009


The United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America recently entered into an agreement of “full communion.” Their agreement includes allowing one another’s clergy to pastor each other’s congregations. However, since the ELCA, last week, sanctioned placing practicing homosexuals on their clergy roster, the United Methodist Church says it will not accept the ELCA's practicing homosexual pastors as part of the agreement.

The battle to gain the approval and sanction that would allow practicing homosexuals to serve as pastors in mainline churches is raging in the United Methodist Church. Although the United Methodist Church has repeatedly rejected efforts to place practicing homosexual clergy onto its clergy roster, the battle will continue. The pro-homosexual lobby in the United Methodist Church will not quit until they win, just as they won in the ELCA after years of struggle.
The fact that the Methodist Church has entered into full communion with the ELCA, knowing they were adopting this pro-homosexual policy, is a step in the wrong direction. It is only a matter of time until the United Methodist Church will join the ELCA, the United Church of Christ and the Episcopal Church USA regarding the full acceptance of homosexual clergy—unless the UMC folks wake up and stand up for the clear teachings of the Bible that condemn homosexual behavior.

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