Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Opus 2024-100: Rubicon or Styx?

After years of playing footsie with paganism the United Methodist Church has finally crossed the Rubicon.  Maybe it would be better to call it the River Styx.  They are now officially apostate.  They have rejected the Bible and endorsed the Gospel of Gaia.  

If you missed the headlines, the United Methodist Church has officially voted to embrace the agenda of the homosexuals.  They have voted to celebrate what is called “gay marriage” and endorse open homosexuals and lesbians to the ministry.  The attack on Biblcal standards has been going on for years but the Christians in the churches seemed to have enough votes to keep it in the wings and not the pulpits.  That has changed and the change is only beginning.

Once you reject the clear teaching of scripture on sexuality it will not be long before you do the same for such things as the divinity of Christ and the physical resurrection.  Obviously sin is not a problem that needs solving.

There has been a movement, led by the African churches, to leave the UMC and start a separate denomination.  I believe it is called the Global Methodist Church and it embraces the Methodist church that emerged from the Wesley Revival of England.  

We are now seeing John Wesley roll over in his grave for a second time.  His original plan was to revive the Church of England.  He remained an ordained elder in that denomination until he died and urged his followers to stay in the church.  That did not work.  After he died the people called “Methodists” in derision took the name and started a new work.  That was the first roll over.  I think the second came when the church that theoretically followed his teaching voted to ignore the Bible and go pagan.

So far about 25% of Methodist churches have pulled out of the denomination.  I expect the departure of organized churches leaving will slow for legal reasons involving property.  I also expect the increased departure of individuals who have been reading their Bibles, hanging in there praying for revival and fighting the good fight.  The good fight is over in the denomination.  I expect they will be looking for churches that are still believing in Jesus and the teachings about Him in the Bible.

Look for them in a church near you.  Welcome them.  Pray for them.  It is a hard decision but one that needs to be made.  You might pray for your own church because the leaven might already have a foothold in a house of worship near you.

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