My own experience has been talking with people at my seminary (Perkins) who are actually planning to lie to their BOM - b/c they come from conferences that are "too conservative." It is beyond me how one can begin one's work as a minister of the Lord (presumably the one from the Bible), by speaking lies, and taking an oath (in the ordination vows) before God and his church to uphold doctrines and discipline that one believes to be wrong and has no intention to uphold. I mean would these same people plan to lie when they take their wedding vows?? (maybe so according to statistics on clergy divorce rates) No wonder so much of our ministry seems devoid of divine blessing. I am also entirely baffled that such people do not join the Unitarians, since they seem so conscientious on other issues of (what they see as) justice.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
more on the doctrinal standards
If you're interested in further discussion about the liberal interpretation of United Methodist Doctrine check out this post from John the Methodist about my post and the comments that follow. Especially interesting is this comment from Daniel McLain Hixon: