Debate About LGBTQ at Church Really Comes Down to Determining God's Will for Modern Times

The rift in local United Methodist churches due to the denominational decision to tighten, rather than loosen, restrictions on gay marriage and ordination, reminds us that churches are divided from each other and often within.The presenting issue is what to do about LGBTQ Christians in the pew, but the larger issue involves how we determine the will of God in our time. Traditionalists, who won the vote among United Methodist Church, lean on the long tradition of reading the Bible in a way that privileges marriage between one man and one woman, and restricts sexual relations to such marriages only. It further limits ordination to those who are celibate or in a traditional marriage.  Continue reading...

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