Vic Reasoner
THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE. Issue 2. fall 2016. Volume 34.
Date Posted Nov., 2016

The United Methodist Church has debated its position on Christian sexual ethics at every general conference since 1972, but the church still has no clear sense of direction. According to their Discipline, the United Methodist Church expects their bishops to give them leadership. Yet the sixty-six active United Methodist bishops which comprise the Council of Bishops have not fulfilled their duty. At the most recent General Conference in May 2016, which just adjourned in Portland, Oregon, Tom Berlin said, "This morning, Bishop Ough said that at General Conference, the role of the bishop was to preside. Quite frankly, bishop, we think it's your role to lead. We are asking for your leadership."

Adam Hamilton also pled with the bishopsto help. "We are in a stuck place at this General Conference. We in theory could find ourselves leaving on Friday still stuck and wounded. I'm pleading with you. Please help us."

The "leaders" seem to be unaware that the apostle Paul already answered their questions in Romans 1. Speaking as the leader of the whole church around AD 56, Paul also described these "clergy" by explaining that although they profess themselves to be wise, their foolish hearts are darkened by their sin.

The UMC bishops responded to the pleas, beginning closed-door meetings at 4:00 p.m. on May 18 that they expected to last long into the evening. Their "leadership" amounted to still another delay:

We recommend that the General Conference defer all votes on human sexuality and refer this entire subject to a special commission, named by the Council of Bishops, to develop a complete examination and possible revision of every paragraph in our Book of Discipline regarding human sexuality.

The conference delegates finally agreed to appoint a commission to study the issue. In the meantime, the pagan and sodomite demonstrators at this church conference continue to blaspheme and desecrate the Christian faith with no impunity. By electing to do nothing, the "leaders" have in fact emboldened those who are hell-bent on destroying their church.

Prior to the conference, 111 United Methodist Church clergy arrogantly identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex. Yet the beleaguered UMC must continue to wait and bleed while the doctors confer on their diagnosis. They may call a special General Conference in 2018 or 2019 to address the results of their commissioned study.

However, the "study group" is nothing more than a ruse to wear down Bible-believing Methodists. On July 16, 2016 the Western Jurisdiction elected Karen Phyllis Oliveto, the first open lesbian to be elected a bishop. Oliveto has been legally "married" to Robin Ridenour for more than two years, and they have been in a relationship since they met at a junior high camp as counselors 17 years ago.

Greater Northwest Episcopal Area Bishop Grant Hagiya said the election of Oliveto was led by the Holy Spirit. But there was nothing "holy" about this unclean spirit which possesses the "leadership" of the United Methodist Church.

The United Methodist Church has been in decline since 1965, even though their latest merger did not occur until 1968. Their founder, John Wesley, declared that Methodism was raised up to spread Scriptural holiness. But since 1972 their current "leaders" have been unwilling to address the unholy abomination that has infected their clergy. They are more afraid of being labeled politically incorrect than they are in taking drastic measures to stop the bleeding.

Methodism began as an effort to reform the Church of England, which was just as depraved as the leadership in the United Methodist Church is today. Semper Reformanda means "always reforming." The church must perpetually go back to the Bible to settle current issues. Wesleyan-Arminians worldwide grieve over the spiritual adultery of our mother church. She needs a thorough housecleaning. According to 1 Peter 4:17, God will judge his house.