Repent, Pray, and Stand for the UMC
No matter your position of influence in the United Methodist Church, your hope in Christ is needed now.
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#UMCPray = Hope
“Prayer is where the action is.” – John Wesley
The UMC Crisis is Winnable
God’s preferred future for the church is not one when one faction merely overpowers another, but it’s the surprises He works when enough leaders faithfully stand for His interests in their positions.
The Stakes are Too High to Tolerate Defeat
Merely leaving the UMC to protect your own fiefdom only punts the necessary conflict later when you are in a weaker position. The progressive spirit will not tolerate any outcome less than the annihilation of the historic Christian faith in the public square.
Jesus is the Way Forward
The way forward for the UMC is not an option, a commission, or a vote. The answers to these strategic questions come only after we have stood and fought on the foundation of prayer.
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If the UMC cannot clearly and lovingly put this issue to rest, then we’re not capable of doing anything else by God’s power. This crisis occurring in our own house where we have the most authority is elementary compared to the battles we’re born to win in the kingdom of darkness. Playtime is over. It’s time for Methodists to shout like David, “Who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
Cowardice is as much a sin as homosexuality. Running from battle is as much a sin as murder. “Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.” Poor stewardship of our leadership responsibilities is equal to one who intentionally leads others astray.
Protecting my immediate interests before investing in the renewal of the church might seem prudent, but prudence is not a listed fruit of the Holy Spirit. My own life and my closest friends might turn out to be fine, but that never was the point of being the church anyway.
At stake are the souls of the retreating bulwark of traditionalist leaders, the bully allowed to reign, and the vast innocents exposed to the dangers of the bully. This battle is not about one human “side” “winning” over the other. God uses conflict for growth on both sides, but retreat on the part of God’s people fuels death on both sides. Were you not placed here to testify to the reality of the Gospel in this generation?
After a long chain of events, ultimately all of us are responsible for this wrenching halt in the work of God’s Kingdom through the UMC. I am responsible for this mess, and I am required to fight at my expense to see God graciously pick up the pieces and make something beautiful, whole, and useful again. Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is inherently a leadership issue. Not many are calling for repentance because we’re not living holy lives ourselves. We must repent for taking actions to protect our interests and let collapse God’s interests in preventing the imminent demise of many people.
The key action to the UMC’s victory is not teaching “our side” better, but prayer and repentance. And the key issue of repentance in this battle in not for what we are as humans, but for leaderlessness of who we are individually and corporately in Christ.
…I stood up and shared my agreements with the ethos of the WCA, but then asked, “Why is the WCA preparing more for the breakup of the church than for victory?… It seems that our common spiritual enemy would be very pleased to see the noisy few kick out the faithful many. But Jesus Himself said that the gates of hell cannot prevail against His church. So if the United Methodist Church is a church of Jesus Christ, why is no one preparing for victory? Is not the UMC a church of Jesus?”
Asking God how it is possible to “stand strong in You and in Your mighty power,” I heard Him say, “Put Me on!”
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