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New Global, “Orthodox” Identity for United Methodists Surprises Many

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/new-global-orthdox-identity-united-methodists-surprises-many/

[That first citation on this page deals primarily with a single, recent (2019) vote by UMC bishops, not with virtually any of the other several dozen issues cited on this page.

Also unmentioned in that article is the fact that biblical “orthodoxy” has never been defined by  any single issue .  As well, and as can be easily seen from the evidence on this page, the UMC’s  episcopal polity  is  anything but consistent  in its doctrinal and/or political enforcement. ASND, therefore, asks “What is orthodox about any of that?” 

Finally, while ASND applauds the 2019 vote on homosexuality, most Methodists in the U.S.  do not .  See, also,  here  and  here  and  here .]

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Whence Methodist Liberalism?

https://juicyecumenism.com/2017/04/04/whence-methodist-liberalism/

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Why did the United Methodist Church vote to allow women to serve as pastors on May 4th, 1956 in their General Conference?  It certainly wasn’t a theological decision, because the text of Scripture is abundantly clear regarding the office of elder (see 1 Tim. 3  and  Titus 1 ). It was a pragmatic decision in order to appeal to the masses and a desire to offset the declining numbers within their denomination.  That move didn’t work, so now, they’re discussing the issue of homosexual leaders within their denomination.  Once more, it’s a pragmatic move.  When the church bows to pragmatism — the boundaries of Scripture are ignored in order to accomplish goals.

http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/identity-politics-changing-church/

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Why I’m No Longer a United Methodist

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/why-im-no-longer-a-united-methodist

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United Methodist Council of Bishops Condemns Trump Without Any Facts

https://stream.org/united-methodist-council-bishops-condemns-trump-without-facts/

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The culture war has arrived at the door of Still Waters                                                            United Methodist Church

http://www.erickontheradio.com/2015/04/the-culture-war-goes-to-church/

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Preachers Who Don’t Believe – The Scandal of Apostate Pastors

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20100321/preachers-who-don-t-believe-the-scandal-of-apostate-pastors/print.html

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United Methodist Church’s Capitol Hill building posts sign:
‘I was a stranger, and you tear gassed me’

https://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodist-churchs-capitol-hill-building-posts-i-was-a-stranger-and-you-tear-gassed-me-sign.html

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Controversy Over Witchcraft Liturgy in Methodist Church Continues

http://www.equip.org/articles/controversy-over-witchcraft-liturgy-in-methodist-church-continues/

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Abortion:

There is no denying, although some uneducated parishioners tried, that the United Methodist Church supports abortion.  From its [own] website…

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/05/23/pro-abortion-methodists-upset-when-confronted-with-pro-life-truth/

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United Methodist Church Continues Its Pro-Abortion Ways

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/11/united-methodist-church-continues-its-pro-abortion-ways/

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Methodist Pastors Sign Letter Supporting Abortion

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/04/17/methodist-baptist-lutheran-presbyterian-and-united-church-of-christ-pastors-sign-letter-supporting-abortion/

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When Will the United Methodist Church Extend Compassion to the Unborn?

http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/11/united-methodist-church-still-endorses-abortion-ignores-biblical-teachings/

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Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian Churches Tied to Late-Term Abortion Doc

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/06/27/methodist-episcopal-presbyterian-churches-tied-to-late-term-abortion-doc/

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… [the United Methodist ‘Church’] affirm[s] ministries to both women who do and do not [murder their own unborn children].

http://juicyecumenism.com/2012/09/26/united-methodists-are-pro-life-but-not-pro-birth/

[ASND asks, “Groups who counsel women to murder their own unborn children are ‘ministries‘?”]

[Wow.  Who knew?  (Well, besides the UMC, that is.)]

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Methodist Women’s Group Attacks Pregnancy Centers Offering Women                     Abortion Alternatives

http://www.lifenews.com/2016/12/22/methodist-womens-group-attacks-pregnancy-centers-offering-women-abortion-alternatives/

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Shameful United Methodism

http://juicyecumenism.com/2013/01/22/shameful-united-methodism/

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Ending the Methodist Silence on Life

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/02/that-sign

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Methodist “Pastor” Uses Bible Verse to Defend Forcing Christians to Fund Abortions

https://www.lifenews.com/2018/09/07/methodist-pastor-uses-bible-verse-to-defend-forcing-christians-to-fund-abortions/

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Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

http://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2015/01/methodist-director-of-civil-and-human-rights-mocks-pro-life-marchers

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Methodist Pastor Says Caring About Unborn Babies Who Die in Abortions is “Idolatry”

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/05/18/methodist-pastor-says-caring-about-unborn-babies-who-die-in-abortions-is-idolatry/

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UMC Minister: I Help Women Get Abortions at Planned Parenthood Because I’m a Christian

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/17/methodist-minister-i-help-women-get-abortions-at-planned-parenthood-because-im-a-christian/

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Even in Churches, Wall Street Protesters Can’t Escape Watch of Police

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/nyregion/occupy-wall-street-protesters-even-in-churches-cant-escape-watch-of-police.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

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Methodists Increasingly Involved in Occupy Movement

http://www.christianpost.com/news/methodists-increasingly-involved-in-occupy-movement-61360/print.html

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The Religious Left’s Commemoration of 9-11

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/09/19/the-religious-lefts-commemoration-of-9-11/print/

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The United Methodist Church has appointed a transgender deacon

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/06/07/the-united-methodist-church-just-appointed-a-transgender-deacon/

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Dozens of Methodist leaders object to Mississippi’s religious objections law
The religious freedom law lets churches and some private businesses deny certain kinds services to homosexual, bisexual, and transgender people because of religious beliefs.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/04/26/dozens-methodist-leaders-object-to-mississippis-religious-objections-law.html

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Churches Leave the United Methodist Church
The major problems [include] an inability of the denomination’s leadership to condemn homosexuality as incompatible with Christian morals.

https://pjmedia.com/faith/when-is-it-time-to-leave-a-denomination-churches-leave-the-united-methodist-church/

[See the next section for details on that issue.]

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Homosexuality:

Openly homosexual UMC “pastor” will continue to conduct same-sex weddings
Another homosexual UMC “pastor” has been “married” to a man since 2016 but remains a UMC “pastor”

https://www.christianpost.com/news/gay-umc-pastor-to-conduct-same-sex-weddings-despite-traditional-plan-passage.html

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UMC bishops launch site in support of plan to alter Church’s official [but far from universally held or enforced] stance on homosexuality

https://www.christianpost.com/church-ministries/umc-bishops-launch-site-support-plan-alter-church-stance-homosexuality.html

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United Methodists: Practicing Homosexuality Doesn’t Contradict Christian Doctrine

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/united-methodists-practicing-homosexuality-doesn-t-contradict-christian-doctrine.html

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United Methodist Body Votes to Change the Church’s Position on Homosexuality by Allowing Clergy to Be ‘Practicing Homosexuals,’ Perform Gay Weddings

http://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodist-body-votes-to-change-the-churchs-position-on-homosexuality-allow-clergy-to-be-practicing-homosexuals-139308/

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United Methodists: Practicing Homosexuality Doesn’t Contradict Christian Doctrine

http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/united-methodists-practicing-homosexuality-doesn-t-contradict-christian-doctrine.html

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United Methodist Church Agencies to Offer Same-Sex Partner Benefits

http://www.christianpost.com/news/united-methodist-church-agencies-to-offer-same-sex-partner-benefits-118958/print.html

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Lesbian United Methodist Bishop Calls Jesus a Bigot

https://pjmedia.com/faith/2017/09/26/lesbian-bishop-calls-jesus-bigot/

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Don’t Make an ‘Idol’ Out of Jesus, Says Lesbian Methodist Bishop

https://stream.org/dont-make-idol-jesus-says-lesbian-methodist-bishop/

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Methodist Church Touts Homosexuality as a Gift, Not a Sin

http://www.christianpost.com/news/church-touts-homosexuality-as-a-gift-not-a-sin-50010/

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Pro-homosexuality foundation pours millions into Catholic and mainline Protestant dissident groups

http://methodistthinker.com/2011/04/08/pro-homosexuality-foundation-pours-millions-into-catholic-and-mainline-protestant-dissident-groups/

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UMC Megachurch Pastor Adam Hamilton Says Christians Can Support Gay Marriage and Not Be Heretical

https://www.christianpost.com/news/megachurch-pastor-adam-hamilton-says-christians-can-support-gay-marriage-and-not-be-heretical-226454/

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Methodist pastor keeps job after officiating homosexual wedding

https://world.wng.org/2016/09/methodist_pastor_keeps_job_after_officiating_gay_wedding

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A UMC minister who was defrocked in November for performing a same-sex marriage ceremony has been reinstated by the church.

http://www.christianitytoday.com/gleanings/2014/march/methodists-debate-punishing-pastors-perform-same-sex-umc.html

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Methodist Pastors: Homosexuality not a sin

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1387802

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Methodists in Northeast Approve Pro-[Homosexual] Resolution

http://www.christianpost.com/news/methodists-in-northeast-approve-pro-gay-resolution-78635/print.html

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Duke University’s president joined the presidents of 92 other schools also claiming Methodist ties in voting unanimously on January 4 to endorse a statement that calls on the church to jettison a 1984 provision in its Book of Discipline that bars self-avowed practicing homosexuals from its ministry and forbids its clergy to perform same-sex weddings.

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2019/02/methodist-madness

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Methodist Shenandoah University Hires a Muslim Chaplain

https://pjmedia.com/faith/methodist-university-hires-a-muslim-chaplain/

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Jesus, Mary and … Josephine?  It’s a lesbian Nativity
You simply won’t believe what’s going on at this Methodist church

http://www.wnd.com/2011/08/329429/print/

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The event was held last week at Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan.

http://www.christianpost.com/news/50-hand-picked-christians-trained-to-convince-churches-to-re-interpret-scriptures-gay-boundaries-105342/

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UMC District Superintendent Marries Lesbian Pastors

http://juicyecumenism.com/2013/12/18/united-methodist-lesbian-marriage-piece/

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A United Methodist pastor who was defrocked for officiating his son’s gay wedding       came to preach at the Foundry United Methodist Church in DC.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/article/287091/158/Defrocked-Pastor-Schaefer-preaches-in-DC

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Methodist pastor who performed gay marriage keeps ordination

http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/nation/2014/10/27/pastor-who-performed-gay-marriage-keeps-ordination/J7ItakktuMv4izYQv5PkMO/story.html

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Left flank
Religious leaders charge into the debt ceiling debate in favor of tax

http://www.worldmag.com/webextra/18411

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Islam:

What would Jesus think? Methodist Churches now promote Islam
‘Spiritual treason’ seen as ‘something hostile to Jesus Christ himself’

http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=314661

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United Methodists: Afghanistan Better Off Under Taliban

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/05/21/united-methodists-afghanistan-better-off-under-taliban/print/
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The Central United Methodist Church’s 7th Annual Peace and Justice Banquet honored the executive-director of CAIR’s Michigan chapter, Dawud Walid with the “Pastor’s Award” in 2011.

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/ryan-mauro/inviting-cair-to-church/print/

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Israel:

The Church of Israel Divestment

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/03/18/the-church-of-israel-divestment/print/

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Targeting Israel

http://frontpagemag.com/2010/10/29/targeting-israel/print/

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[The UMC] strongly support[s] the commendable leadership of the President [Obama] and his administration, and many members of the House and Senate who have worked to support these negotiations and make this deal [with Iran] possible.

http://nowarwithiran.org/wp-content/uploads/Organizations-Support-Iran-Deal-8-27.pdf

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The Mainline Protestant Churches and Israel

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/03/22/the-mainline-protestant-churches-and-israel/print/

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Methodist Bishop’s theology makes Protestantism irrelevant

http://www.onenewsnow.com/Church/Default.aspx?id=1041816

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The Religious Left’s Prophecies of Doom

http://frontpagemag.com/2010/01/08/the-religious-lefts-prophecies-of-doom-by-mark-d-tooley/print/

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Biblical Open Borders?

http://frontpagemag.com/2009/11/18/biblical-open-borders-by-mark-d-tooley/print/

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The Clergy Letter Project

http://theclergyletterproject.org/rel_evolution_weekend_2012.htm

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Rudy Lozano [an illegal immigration activist]… is apparently active in Democratic Party politics… [She] signed the [candidate endorsement] letter on Lincoln United Methodist Church letterhead, a potential violation of the Johnson Amendment prohibiting churches from endorsing or campaigning for candidates.

https://capitalresearch.org/article/the-open-border-activists-behind-the-illegal-immigrant-caravans/

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The Religious Left’s 2011 Meltdown

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/12/30/the-religious-lefts-2011-meltdown/print/

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Methodist ‘Repentance’ for America’s Sins

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/05/04/methodist-repentance-for-americas-sins/print/

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Religious Left Opposes Pressure Against Iranian Nukes

The ecumenical complaint to members of Congress was organized by the Presbyterian Church (USA) chief Capitol Hill lobbyist. It was signed by Quaker and Mennonite officials, a left-wing Catholic order, and the lobby offices of the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/05/16/religious-left-opposes-pressure-against-iranian-nukes/print/

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In its resolution on ‘Gun Violence,’ the [UMC] calls for social policies and personal lifestyles that bring an end to senseless gun violence, including a ban on all handguns.

http://main.umc-gbcs.org/blog/social-justice-agency-urges-prayer-for-victims-of-aurora-colo.-shootings

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The letter was signed byBishop Rosemarie Wenner, President, Council of Bishops United Methodist Church…

http://frontpagemag.com/2012/joseph-puder/protestant-leaders-biased-meddling-in-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict/print/

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[UMC] Church Displays Bleeding Trayvon Martin Nativity Scene

http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/12/26/Church-Displays-Bleeding-Trayvon-Martin-Nativity-Scene

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Methodist Hospital Revoked Life-Saving Treatment for a Patient Begging to Stay Alive

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/07/05/methodist-hospital-revoked-life-saving-treatment-for-a-patient-begging-to-stay-alive/

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Can the Methodist Church pull out of its nose dive?                                                                   ‘We need God to do something,’ Conference told

https://www.christiantoday.com/article/can.the.methodist.church.pull.out.of.its.nose.dive.we.need.god.to.do.something.conference.told/110332.htm

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