Authority for What? Sermon by Arthur F. Kulah, bishop of the Liberia Area
Praise God for this African brother! Too bad we can't get him in the North American church!
I E-mailed the below to the evangelicals in the Northern Illinois Conference:
To lay it out on the line, let me tell you the basis for my personal dismay with the current state of affairs in the United Methodist Church as a denomination.
The majority of the scores of bishops in the UMC in the U.S. hold to the Authority of Scripture when it comes to the homosexual issue, and thus it is a safe assumption that they also hold to the Authority of Scripture in whole. The problem is that you would never know it from the public statements made by these bishops. For some time now, these bishops have either overtly agreed to, or singly decided to remain silent on the Authority of Scripture since the homosexual issue has become such a political football in the UMC (yes, I use the word "political" on purpose).
You may wonder how I can be so confident that the majority actually DO hold to the Authority of Scripture. Well, first of all, there are such things as private conversations between bishops and their flock of pastors, and with the advent of the Internet and E-mail, the general nature of these conversations become well known.
So, when these bishops nationwide have opportunities to proclaim the Authority of Scripture in the face of the assault on God's Word being leveled by the homosexual advocates, what do we hear? SILENCE!
How can a faithful Christian continue to follow such weak, non-authoritative bishops (much less the apostate bishops, as we experience). If these bishops cannot stand up and defend the faith, how can anyone expect the rank-and-file members to stand up enmasse and defend the faith?
In contrast to this lot of sad excuses for leaders of the Faith, this week at the UMC GC2000, we had the opportunity to hear from a True Bishop within the UMC. Oh, no not a U.S. bishop; no, the Bishop from Liberia.
Authority for What? Sermon by Arthur F. Kulah, bishop of the Liberia Area http://www.confessingumc.org/doc_kulah_gc2000.html
Yes, Bishop Kulah unilaterally (without the consent, perhaps even knowledge, of the U.S. bishops) decided to make clear, in traditional Christian, loving words, that the Authority of Scripture must stand in a Church of God.
Guess what the reaction was from all the fence-sitters at the conference. Oh my! Oh, I don't know if that was such a good idea! Oh, I'm uncomfortable with such definitive statements!
These reactions are pathetic excuses for delegates who use the title of Christian.
Bishop Kulah shows us what a true Bishop looks and sounds like, and now we have a true measuring stick by which to evaluate the rest of the lot of bishops!
From: H. T. Maclin HTMACLIN@compuserve.com
Praise the Lord for the courage of Bishop Arthur Kulah of Liberia regarding his stand on the gay/lesbian issue confronting the church. His position will surely be the majority position when General Conference ends this week. Perhaps it is time for the UM, Presbterian and Episcopal gay/lesbian groups to ban together to form a new church where they may ordain whom they will and preach what they like. Should they decide to do so, churches that support this perspective should be permitted to depart with their property and a fair share of whatever else may be rightfully theirs.
H. T. Maclin, President Emeritus
You are probably a sweet potato. I am a Indiana starchy potato. I am praying that the Holy Spirit grabs the delegates. I really am tired of having to question everything that comes from UMism to see if it is Scriptural, or real, or "agenda free". It is really time. We need to release those who are apostate and worshiiping at the altar of unity.
But, without the Holy Spirit in complete charge in Cleveland, it won't happen. Same-ol' same-ol'.
Thank You, God for Liberian Bishop Arthur Kulah! Will You richly reward him!
[Click] button If you would like to add your to the UCM News
<Back to News