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UM Future Played Out In Presbyterian Present

 From: John Miles smiles@ipa.net
Sent: Monday, June 25, 2001 9:33 AM
To: smiles@ipa.net

Subject: Presbyterians

Dear Friends,

Last week the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA voted to remove restrictions on churches and presbyteries who wish to ordain people practicing a homosexual lifestyle. The vote of 208 to 317 was not even close. The decision still has to go to the 173 Presbyteries over the course of the next year for approval but with the heavy vote in favor at the annual meeting it seems very likely that the Presbyterian Church USA will become the second leading Christian denomination to openly ordain individuals practicing a homosexual lifestyle.

I have always felt that the Presbyterian church was a sort of future indicator for the United Methodist Church. This vote is remarkable because the church only a few years ago was solidly against ordanation for people who participate in homosexual lifestyles.

Many of the conservatives in the United Methodist church have perhaps become too complacent. Our own General Conference seemed to set a much more moderate direction for our church. However, the crushing defeat of the conservative cause in the Presbyterian Church should be a cause of concern for us.

I have a prediction. If the majority of the 173 Presbyteries approve the local option to accept those living homosexual lifestyles as candidates for ordination, the Presbyterian Church will implode. Many churches will leave and many members will simply pull out. Regardless of what you think of homosexual practice this decision will have disastrous consequences for the Presbyterian Church USA. Over the course of the next few years we might be watching the future of our own denomination played out in the Presbyterian Church USA.

Your Brother,

John Miles II

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