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I wish they had let me introduce him!


Friends,

The Jesus Seminar is a group of persons, some clergy, some not, who meet periodically and discuss the historical Jesus. They received some renown a couple of years ago -- and simultaneous cover stories on Time, Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report -- after they met and voted on whether certain passages from the Gospels were historically true (red bead), false (black bead) or uncertain (gray bead).

Several of them have written books, most notably Marcus Borg.

The members of the Jesus Seminar, along with Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, are the leading heretics in America today. If you wish to read a well-reasoned response to the Jesus Seminar, read "The Real Jesus: the misguided quest for the historical Jesus and the truth of the traditional gospels" by renowned Emory New Testament scholar, Luke Timothy Johnson. This tome does a terrific job of telling what it is these folks are about and then tearing their thesis to shreds.

Concerning the attached, it is very disconcerting to read that Marcus Borg has been invited to speak at one of our UM institutions of higher learning. Further proof of apostasy at some of our schools? I think so!

By the way, Mark Tooley, the author of the attached piece, writes about this kind of apostasy in our denomination. It is always good to read Mark's "take" on news events as a balance to the spin-doctored accounts coming out of the United Methodist News Service. (A recent example of this was a youth gathering of United Methodists at Ridgecrest retreat center. The United Methodist News Service reported about the great gathering and the study and fellowship. Mark reported that much of the agenda had to do with affirming the gay lifestyle.)

An editorial comment in the form of a question? Has the Lord God already withdrawn His blessing from the United Methodist Church or is this yet to come? In addition to known apostates like Bishops Talbert, Sprague and Paup, I read yesterday that Bishop Richard Wilke, the principal behind the Disciple Bible Study series, told a group of people that we should accept same-sex couple dedication, because he believed that there wasn't anything wrong with it, biblically, and that we WILL accept them...that it might take 50 years of "praying it out". Reading Bishop Wilke's comments was a huge disappointment for me (as I am sure it will be for my Christian brother, Bob Cunningham, a fellow devotee of Disciple). Disciple, along with The Walk to Emmaus, are the two best things to come out of our church in a long time. I guess we can be thankful that Bishop Wilke kept his feelings out of the editorial copy concerning Old and New Testament passages that clearly condemn the homosexual act as sinful behavior.

Also, what's with Bishop Mary Ann Swenson and her glowing comments about Marcus Borg? I wish they had let me introduce him!

I wonder if John Wesley would approve of the behavior of our bishops?

In Christ,

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Don Spruill, Layperson
St. James UMC
Atlanta, GA
North Georgia Conference

Sol Scriptura
Solus Christus
Sola gratia
Sola fide
Soli Deo gloria


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