Should the Confessing Movement
Moderate for the Moderates?
by John Warrener
I recently received an email newsletter from an internet friend and Christian brother,
John Miles, asking the question, "Should the Confessing Movement moderate
for the moderates?" Below is his newsletter asking the question
followed by my reply:
John Miles Newsletter:
I am on the Board of the Confessing Movement of Arkansas. We met on Monday and
had a very interesting discussion on how we might further the cause of orthodox, Wesleyan
Christianity. Most of us agreed that by challenging the loss of orthodoxy we see in
our denomination we were at least in part alienating the moderates who will go a long way
in deciding the future of the church. On the other hand, folding up our tents and
simply going back to our churches seemed a familiar and unsuccessful strategy of the
I am curious as to what others, especially moderates, within our denomination
think. Is the Confessing Movement alienating the very people we hope to
influence? Is there some way we might better present our case for a renewal of basic
Whatever our rag tag little band decides to do is not really very relevant.
However, what our church decides to do over the next ten years is extremely
relevant. It is our belief that we are entering into a time when the church could
begin experiencing even steeper declines. In many parts of our state and country as
a whole, it could cease to be a meaningful presence. We believe this sad scenario
can only be averted if we have a renewal of doctrine and a renewal of passion for Jesus
What do you think? I would like to devote next weeks article to responses to this
one. Please let me know your opinion. Is the Confessing Movement counter
productive? Is there some way we could engage in theological debate more
effectively? Is there really a need for alarm about the state of the church at all,
or is the answer to that alarm found somewhere else besides in theological renewal?
John Miles also publishes a weekly E-mail newsletter on issues facing the United
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Reply to the question: Should the Confessing Movement Moderate for
there is a saying common among 12-step fellowships, "Nothing changes if nothing
Your strategy of moderate for the moderates is the same strategy, I believe,
the national Confessing Movement has adopted. Our own denominational history has
demonstrated that it too has used this same strategy which has brought us to the place we
are now! My experience has been that moderating for the moderates only ends up
alienating the zealots who are the real work force of any movement. The moderates
by their very nature don't move anything, they just float in the middle. They are moderate
with the current state of denominational apostasy, and they will be moderates with any revival
Moderation of orthodoxy means that radical apostasy continues to advance while
the moderates migrate to the new middle.
- Have the pro-homosexuals moderated for the moderates?
- Key people in our general boards and agencies are members of the Reconciling Movement,
including those in charge of communications?
- There are six Reconciling Annual Conferences!
- New York Conference, UMC - 252 Bryant Avenue, New York, NY 10605
- Troy Conference, UMC - P.O. Box 560, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
- Wisconsin Conference, UMC - 750 Windsor Street, Sun Prairie, WI 53590
- Northern Illinois Conference - 8765 W. Higgins Road, Chicago, IL 60631
- California-Nevada Conference - P.O. Box 980250, W. Sacramento, CA 95798
- Oregon-Idaho Conference, UMC - 1505 S.W. 18th Avenue, Portland, OR 97201-2599
- Have the pro-abortion feminists moderated?
Have the anti-biblical humanists moderated?
- UMC general agencies are affiliated with several national pro-abortion organizations and
support President Clinton's veto of the Partial Birth abortion ban as an official position
of the UMC!
- The UMC Building in D.C was used by the NOW to denounce Promise Keepers, "Stand in
the Gap" gathering.
Did John Wesley moderate for the moderates?
- The UMCom produced a new video series "Questions of Faith" which questions
- Our seminaries teach us the Bible is myth, Jesus Christ did not atone for sin, was not
raised from the dead, and will not come again!
When faced with angry mobs, he looked them square in the eyes and preached the biblical
Gospel and revival spread though England and the US!
Did Jesus Christ moderate for the moderates?
You know the answer! The moderates just watched while the radicals shouted "Crucify
The moderates also just watched while the Disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost! And the Disciples did not moderate their message. They preached to please the
Lord Jesus Christ, NOT THE MODERATES!
I pray that our eyes will remain fixed upon Jesus Christ in the Confessing Movement and
not on the reactions of moderates who by their very nature do not react.
(Hebrews 12:2 NIV) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Love in Christ to all my CM brothers and sisters.