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Bishops' Civil Disobedience A Shame To Folks At Home

From: Dick Dalfiume <rdalfium@binghamton.edu>
To: AlbEpisArea@W...
Subject: "Civil Obedience"
Date: Thu, 25 May 2000 10:22:19 -0400

Dear Bishop Morrison, once again you have demonstrated your rebellion against The Discipline. Isn't it time for some "civil obedience" in the church?

Count me among the many in your jurisdiction who are embarrassed and dismayed by your grand-standing at Cleveland as reported in the Press & Sun Bulletin on Saturday May 13, in its lead article. While you have opted for another "feel-good" gesture, you have made it even more difficult for congregations to make disciples for the Lord within the UMC in the Wyoming Conference because of your disdain for Biblical authority.

A UM pastor recently preached a sermon with these appropriate lines in it: "The faith once delivered to the Saints did not sanctify sin or baptize blasphemy. The faith once delivered to the saints was the Good News that God's grace has the power to transform lives, not simply endorse sin and make one feel good about themselves so they can continue in their sin(s) because "God loves them!" Thomas Harris' "I'm OK, You're OK" was about 2,000 years late. The fact is that we are not OK until we have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ and our lives transformed."

I continue to meditate upon God's message to Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:13-14: "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

There is a Balm in Gilead,
Richard Dalfiume
Vestal, NY

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