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It Was A Sad Day For United Methodism

Speaking Out For A Return To Biblical Authority http://www.dueber.org/umvoice
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Date: April 23, 2003

“A righteous man who falters before the wicked is like a murky spring and a polluted well.”
- Proverbs 25:26

"Over the Judiciary department, the Constitution [has] deprived [the people] of their control. ... The original error [was in] establishing a judiciary independent of the nation, and which, from the citadel of the law, can turn its guns on those they were meant to defend, and control and fashion their proceedings to its own will. ... It is a misnomer to call a government republican in which a branch of the supreme power [the judiciary] is independent of the nation. ... The opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves in their own sphere of action but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch." — Thomas Jefferson


It was a sad day for United Methodism recently as the charges against Bishop Joseph Sprague were dismissed by the College of Bishops of the North Central Jurisdiction. You may recall that last summer Bishop Sprague gave a speech at the Iliff School of Theology where he publicly renounced his belief in every major tenet of Christianity:

- The virgin birth

- The deity of Christ

- The atonement

- The bodily resurrection of Jesus

And yet, the complaint against Mr. Sprague was not deemed serious enough to warrant anything more than a formal hearing. So once again, the UM hierarchy has utterly failed in its responsibility to defend and uphold the essential pillars of Methodism – not to mention Christianity.

Even though the above quote from Thomas Jefferson was made in reference to the judiciary of the United States, it would apply equally well to the judicial hierarchy in our own denomination. As Jefferson put it, the judiciary has the power to “control and fashion their proceedings to its own will.” Indeed.

(For the details, see the “UMAction Briefing” on the IRD’s website here:
http://www.ird-renew.org/About/About.cfm?ID=601&c=17 )

CALL TO ACTION ---------------------------------

Per the recommendations in the “Briefing”, I urge you to do the following:

(1) Your Annual Conference will soon elect its delegates to the UM 2004 General Conference. Work for election of delegates pledged to strengthen the Book of Discipline to make Bishops accountable for attacking or undermining our church’s Christian faith. Ask help from your Pastor and your church’s Lay Member of Annual Conference.

(2) Thank Rev. Tom Lambrecht for his Christian witness. Faith Community UMC, North 1966 Julius Drive, Greenville WI 54942. Fax 920-757-9539. E-mail: revtom5@aol.com.

Also, I would add:

(3) Call your bishop and express your outrage and disappointment over this failure of the United Methodist church to hold Bishop Sprague accountable. Click here: http://www.umc.org/locator/offices/bishops.htm

(4) Pray for revival. It is becoming painfully obvious that nothing short of a new movement of God’s Spirit is going to heal this denomination of the cancer that is killing it from within.

(5) Pass this message on to every Bible-believing Methodist that you know. The concerned laity in our denomination can afford to be silent no longer.



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