The national assembly of the Methodist Church in Britain signed off on a resolution passed by an overwhelming majority stipulating that same-sex marriages are approved in its churches, affirming in the new standing order “that marriage can be between any two people.”
The Methodist Church confirmed Wednesday that the assembly voted by a wide margin, 254 in favor and 46 against, a new resolution stating that from now on the Church: “consents to the marriage of same-sex couples on Methodist premises by Methodist ministers.”
The published documents show that the Methodist Church had to modify basic precepts regarding marriage because of the new resolution. Thus, for example, although the currently published documents say marriage is “a gift from God” and that “it is God’s intention that a marriage be a lifelong union in body, mind and spirit of one man and one woman,” after the new resolution, they had to remove the specification of a “between one man and one woman.”
Andrea Williams, executive director of Christian Concern, commented in response to the vote, “I’m deeply sad to see the Methodist Church lose its way by no longer upholding marriage as God defines it.”
She continued, “God’s plan for sex is one man, one woman marriage. Every Christian should be ready to believe that God’s pattern for our lives is the best way for individuals and society to flourish. Every church denomination—including Methodists and the Church of England—should confidently proclaim this vision, rather than mirror the zeitgeist.”
Christian Concern’s head of public relations, Tim Dieppe, also commented along the same lines as his colleague Williams, asserting in a tweet that “the Methodist Church decides it doesn’t know what marriage is. It decided to affirm two contradictory views on marriage. If you affirm a formal contradiction, you’ll affirm anything and really have no conviction.”
The Church Times reported that the first same-sex marriages by the Methodist Church could take place on church grounds by the fall of 2021.
As if that weren’t enough, the Methodist Church’s departure from the most basic precepts doesn’t end with its approval of same-sex couples. In another resolution, it endorsed by a large majority the desire to “celebrate” couples living together who are not married. The Church said it has an “important calling” to “point to the presence of God’s love in such relationships,” seeking to get rid of the concept of “living in sin.”
The leftist trend in religious organizations is not limited to the Methodist Church. Recently Pope Francis, the highest authority in the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church, sent a handwritten letter to controversial priest Father James Martin on the eve of an “LGBTQ Catholic webinar.” The letter praised him for “imitating God’s way” despite that Martin was denounced on several occasions for promoting homosexuality in his masses.
The Pope’s letter was in response to an initial letter from Father James Martin notifying him about the LGBT seminar organized by the New Ways Ministry, which is not considered Catholic proper and was condemned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2010 for “misleading the faithful.”
“Thinking about your pastoral work, I see that you continually seek to imitate God’s style,” Francis wrote. “I pray for you to continue in this way, being close, compassionate and with great tenderness.”