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Oklahoma UM Bishop Uses Stealth Language To Declare Himself A Pro-homosexuality Reconciler, Invites Mass Lesbian Wedding Participant To Preach At Annual Conference

From: mwhitehu mwhitehu@tsixroads.com
Sent: Saturday, February 17, 2001 10:55 PM 
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org 
Subject: Oklahoma Bishop Uses Stealth Language To Declare Himself A Pro-homosexuality Reconciler

While in seminary I had a Professor tell me that I might as well accept that homosexual practice would be accepted by the church. My answer was, "How many times do we have to say NO, before you understand what it means."

I am an Elder in the Mississippi Conference, I believe that all sinners need forgiveness, when they repent (turn from their sin). I believe that all can be sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit. Homosexual practices are clearly defined and condemned along with other sins by the Holy Bible, which is the rule and guide of our faith. Those who sin willfully have no sacrifice for their sins. Repentance is necessary for forgiveness. I would like to once more state again my position and the position of the United Methodist Church on the issue of approving homosexual acts, "NO! NO! NO! AND NEVER NO!" I will never approve open willful sin, mine or anybody else's. It is the call of All Methodist Preachers to Spread Scriptural Holiness through out the land. NO TO SIN NO TO HOMOSEXUAL PRACTICES.

Now do you get it?

From: Arden Autry ardenautry@fumctulsa.org
Sent: Monday, February 26, 2001 5:48 PM
To: jwarrene@surfsouth.com
Subject: stealth again

If you disapprove of the Bishop's choice of whom to invite to speak to the Annual Conference, that's a fair subject for comment and critique. I found unfair, however, your characterization of the Bishop's recent column as "stealth language." Is anyone who uses the word "reconciliation" now suspect in your eyes? The headline you gave to this "news" was not justified by the Bishop's quoted words. Be careful lest such unfair practices undermine your credibility as an interpreter of what is happening in the church.

Arden Autry
First United Methodist Church
Tulsa, OK

Editors Note: You asked, "Is anyone who uses the word "reconciliation" now suspect in your eyes?"—Only when they promote pro-homosexuality Reconciling Church pastors who violated UM Discipline as Annual Conference speakers in the same breath.  Kind of a no-brainer.

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