Dallas Morning News reports today that SMU is planning to bolt from the Methodist denomination. How will the LGBTQ impact the Lord’s Kingdom?
Southern Methodist University is aimed at teaching their traditional theology. They are taking a stand against a person of the LGBTQ community serving in the Methodist ministry. The denomination is splitting over the hot debate.
This past November USA Today ran a story on the issue. “After years of debating gay rights, the United Methodist Church is probably headed for a big split.” Global leaders of the denomination voted ruled against LGBTQ rights this year. Then, in a November 6 statement five bishops released a statement in favor of the LGBTQ clergy. The bishops represented the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. (Lindsay Schnell, USA Today, November 22, 2019).
The “divorce” of SMU from the Methodist denomination is the consequence of an erring movement. The debate will have ripple effects for Texas churches, both in the Lord’s church and in the denominations.
From the biblical point of view, God loves everyone, including the LGBTQ community. Christians are to have the same unconditional love. We respect those with a sexual disorder because they are people. We do not endorse practicing homosexuality. The Bible does not let homosexuals, transgenders, or any person practicing fornication or adultery to be in the preacher to serve in the body of Christ. See 1 Corinthians 6:9 and 1 Timothy 1:10. Every church of Christ will have the choice to stand with truth or disobey the God of justice.
LGBTQ community folks are welcome to study the Bible with us. They’re even welcome to visit worship services. God commands all people whatever their sins, to repent and turn to the Lord to find refreshment to their souls. Have you obeyed the Gospel call? (Acts 2:38; 17:30; 22:16)
~ Donny Weimar