Methodists Reviewing LGBT Policy
At the General Conference, delegates decided to discuss the United Methodist Church’s official stance on homosexuality. They could not, however, come to any conclusions and decided to possibly hold a General Conference in 2018 or 2019.
“We accept our role as spiritual leaders to lead The United Methodist Church in a ‘pause for prayer’ — to step back from attempts at legislative solutions and to intentionally seek God's will for the future,” said Council of Bishops president Bishop Bruce Ough in announcing the recommendation.
Some Christians I spoke to today expressed “shock and dismay” that the United Methodist Church would even consider stepping away from traditional marriage, as defined in the Bible. They also feared they may take the same stance as other denominations such as the Episcopal Church and the Presbyterian Church who no longer oppose homosexual marriage.
As for now officials at the United Methodist Church have not made any decisions and have instead decided to consult their “Book of Discipline” regarding such matters.