Friday, December 01, 2006

not up for debate?

John at Locusts & Honey is saying that the doctrines of the literal Virgin Birth and the literal Resurrection of Christ are spelled out clearly in the Doctrinal Standards of the United Methodist Church. I would add the following oft debated doctrine (from our Confession of Faith) to the "not up for debate" list:

Article XII—The Judgment and the Future State
We believe all men stand under the righteous judgment of Jesus Christ, both now and in the last day. We believe in the resurrection of the dead; the righteous to life eternal and the wicked to endless condemnation.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I believe the Methodist articles of religion will go by the wayside as did the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion of the Anglican church.

"Outside the Church of England, Anglican views of the Thirty-Nine Articles vary. The Episcopal Church in the United States of America regards them as an historical document and does not require members to adhere to them".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Nine_Articles

For more examples of misuse of historical documents, watch the movie "Galaxyquest".

The Judicial Council of the United Methodist church does not believe in heresy. The agenda of "Open hearts, open minds' seems to trump the Wesleyan Quadralateral and 2,0000 years of Christian orthodoxy.

Until some level of doctrinal standards are enforced, in practice a United Methodist can believe what they want.

UMC Judical Council Rulings

http://archives.umc.org/interior_judicial.asp?mid=263

I'll pause for a commercial break.

John Flores
Frisco, Texas

Jason Woolever said...

hey john, which judicial council ruling are you referencing? when i went to the link it pulled them all up.