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Taskforce to Study if Jesus Christ can be affirmed as Son, Savior and Lord by Iowa Methodists


UNITED METHODIST IN IOWA WILL STUDY TO SEE IF THEY CAN

"AFFIRM JESUS CHRIST AS SON OF GOD, SAVIOR, AND LORD."

Methodist Federation For Social Action leader in Iowa, asks that a resolution to "Affirm Jesus Christ as Son of God, Savior and Lord", be referred back to a task force to study to see if this is really what we want as a conference.

Following is the entire resolution: #325

Title: To Affirm Jesus Christ as Son of God, Savior and Lord. (New)

WHEREAS: Some persons have recently questioned whether The United Methodist Church remains fully committed to Jesus Christ;

WHEREAS: We uphold this commitment and welcome the recent Pastoral Statement by the Council of Bishops affirming that "The decisive victory has already been won in Jesus Christ" and "We know that in Jesus Christ 'all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross' (Colossians 1:20)";

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the Iowa Annual Conference reaffirms and confesses that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the one and only Savior of the world, and the Lord of all. Although we respect persons of all religious faiths and defend the right of religious freedom, we reaffirm that "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12, NRSV) Jesus Christ said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". (John 14:6, NIV)

The leader said, on the conference floor, that she wasn't quite sure where this was coming from, but that it seemed like the language of the Confessing Movement. Even though it is quotes right out of scripture and quotes that the Council of Bishops lifted up in their Pastoral Statement. The MFSA felt that it was too controversial to pass this without time to study what it would mean to the conference.


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