From: Br. Bill <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dear John and Fellow Confessors;
Yes, you can call this a "dear John" letter.
It is obvious to anyone who reads the litany of charges against the irreverend Mike Goodyear that his violations of the Discipline and our UMC Connection are far more grievous than anything Greg Dell or Jimmy Creech has done to the UMC. Every member of the United Methodist Church should be insulted that he and his cohorts don't believe that those charges are valid, when they have violated SO MUCH MORE than Creech or Dell did. I hope the DS and his bishop serve him his elder's orders on a platter.....after they've been put through the denominational shredder. If you folks want to persecute others who break the rules, then you had better learn that you have to obey them yourselves. We are a connectional system here. Goodyear has led his church out of it in many ways. Read the list of charges. It's this kind of "we can break the rules that we choose because we are evangelical conservative Methodists" elitist mentality that is destroying our denomination.....not those blessing love between two people. Frankly, I'm insulted and disgusted.
Isn't it strange that giving a title to what someone preaches as their theology and how they practice their ministry is seen as undermining their ministry. Since when is honesty a chargeable offense. When pastors put their name on the list as officiating at a gay wedding in absentia, the District Superintendents and bishops say "that is only expressing an opinion and is not a chargeable offense." How is one different from the other? One pushes and practices a theology and disobeys church rules which hurts and undermines the ministry of many of us as people say they cannot attend a church that accepts a liberal non-biblical stance. Many of us spend a lot of time shoring up what gets undermined by those with a liberal agenda. I guess you can have it both ways. And since when was it a chargeable offense to decide to change the name you place on the church sign? They did not changes denominations -- just emphasized the local church. Maybe I am wrong on this.
He did do wrong according to the discipline by accepting salary above what they paid to the ministerial support items. You do have to obey the discipline when you expect the others to be brought up on charges for not obeying it.
I wish him well.
Way to go Mike. Hang in there and thanks for being faithful to The
Impartiality is important in Church discipline. The Bishop and DS are partial and should recuse themselves from these matters.
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