Judicial Council: No LabelsNo Problems For "Confessing" Churches
As I was changing our church sign the other day to comply with the JC decision mentioned above, it occurred to me just why the Confessing Movement has "no problem" with this decision but the Wreckonciling [Reconciling Congregations Program] folks do. It was a simple adjustment for me to replace the words "A Confessing Church" with "We Confess Jesus Christ." But, with what can the Wreckonciling folks replace "A Reconciling Congregation"? Perhaps, "We embrace homosexuality as a legitimate lifestyle" or "We don't think homosexuality is a sin" or, most tellingly, "We reject Jesus Christ." The "labeling ban" means churches which have identified with "unofficial" movements must now make their witness in some other way. For "Confessing Churches," this is not a problem. For Wreckonciling churches, however, this requires them to literally "come out of the closet" and state what they really believe--or don't believe. They can no longer hide behind a pleasant-sounding "label."
The "discernment" ruling is a positive one in that it all but eliminates the possibility of this nonsense taking place at General Conference. The Wreckoncilers were counting on "discernment" forcing the delegates to change the church's position on homosexuality. This is yet another blow to their strategy for "victory."
South Georgia Confessing Movement Fellowship
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