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Georgia UM's Say "NO" To Endless Homosexuality Dialogues And "YES" To Scriptural Christianity


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 15, 2000

Contact: James Gibson, 912-967-2282, osjude@attglobal.net

SOUTH GEORGIA EVANGELICALS AFFIRM GENERAL CONFERENCE DECISIONS

COLUMBUS--Countering several statements and actions, both official and unofficial, by other annual conferences, evangelical clergy and laity attending the South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church have issued a statement affirming the decisions of that denomination's recent General Conference.

"The Columbus Affirmation," signed by some 60 attendees at the annual breakfast meeting of the Good News/Confessing Movement Fellowship, expresses support for the General Conference upholding "traditional doctrine and policy with regard to same sex behavior." It also affirms, using the words of Methodist founder John Wesley, that "all Scripture is infallibly true" and the Church is bound by its authoritative teachings, which "cannot be changed or laid aside by legislative or judicial decisions of an ecclesial body" or "reinterpreted in a manner inconsistent with the authoritative Tradition of the Apostolic Church."

The statement further asserts there is "no compelling reason to continue debating or dialoguing over same sex behavior and the related issues of 'homosexual ordination' and 'same sex marriage.'"

The signers of the statement envision a recovery of United Methodism's Wesleyan heritage and "a revival of Scriptural holiness and Scriptural Christianity among the people called Methodists in the new millennium."

The full text of the statement and the list of initial signatories follows.

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THE COLUMBUS AFFIRMATION

"All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16)

As members of the South Georgia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, we, the undersigned, affirm the decision of the recent General Conference to uphold traditional doctrine and policy with regard to same sex behavior. The Church of Jesus Christ is bound by the authority of Scripture as the inspired Word of God. With Methodism's founder John Wesley, we affirm that "all Scripture is infallibly true" (Sermon 16--The Means of Grace). Its teachings cannot be changed or laid aside by legislative or judicial decisions of an ecclesial body. Neither can its teachings be reinterpreted in a manner inconsistent with the authoritative Tradition of the Apostolic Church.

In light of the unequivocal teaching of Scripture, the unanimous witness of Apostolic Tradition, and the concurrence of eight consecutive General Conferences, we find there to be no compelling reason to continue debating or dialoguing over same sex behavior and the related issues of "homosexual ordination" and "same sex marriage." God and the Church have spoken. Those who cannot abide by the Word of God and the doctrine of the Church should seek other avenues for the expression and practice of their faith.

We affirm and support ministries of transformation to the sexually broken. Such ministries are a vital expression of compassion toward the suffering and of obedience to Christ, who calls us to seek and save the lost.

We call the Church to rediscover its rich heritage of Scriptural holiness and Scriptural Christianity. John Wesley wrote in the Preface to Volume V of his Works, "I want to know one thing--the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God himself has condescended to teach the way: For this very end he came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God!" He prided himself on being homo unius libri, "a man of one book."

With fervent prayer, humility, longsuffering and an abiding faith in the God who transforms death into new life, we anticipate a revival of Scriptural holiness and Scriptural Christianity among the people called Methodists in the new millennium.

Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, Because we have trusted in His holy name. Let Your mercy, O LORD, be upon us, Just as we hope in You. (Psalm 33:20-22)

We stand as servants of Jesus Christ: Son of God, Savior and Lord.

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  1. Philip Almon
  2. Richard G. Aultman
  3. J. David Aycock, Sr.
  4. Alan T. Barrett
  5. Charlene R. Black
  6. Sanford Brown
  7. Ronald J. Burbank
  8. David L. Carter
  9. Carl Childs, Jr.
  10. John M. Clements
  11. Kevin D. Clotfelter
  12. Chuck Cowart
  13. Harriet Crum
  14. Ira Dent
  15. Bessie Dent
  16. John P. Drake
  17. Elvin East
  18. Gloria and Fred Foster
  19. B.J. Funk
  20. Roy C. Funk
  21. Dan Gates
  22. Brian G. Gerstel
  23. James A. Gibson III
  24. Cleo Herndon
  25. John E. Horton, Jr.
  26. William R. Huddle
  27. Carol Hurley
  28. Lyndal Hurley
  29. Eddie Hutcheson
  30. Dwain E. Hutto
  31. Billy Kimbrel
  32. Cindy Knapp
  33. Kenneth Knapp
  34. Joseph A. Knonen
  35. Richard E. Lastrow
  36. Roy Lifsey
  37. James McIlrath
  38. Alan R. Miller
  39. David P. Mills III
  40. Barbara Montgomery
  41. Patricia N. Page
  42. David O. Peed
  43. Henry H. Page
  44. Dianne S. Peed
  45. W.L. Peed
  46. J. Taylor Phillips
  47. J. Don Proctor
  48. Mable Proctor
  49. Jack and Madeline Sanders
  50. Helen Rhea Stumbo
  51. Billy H. Thompson
  52. Mary B. Thompson
  53. Stephen A. Waldorf
  54. Johnny G. Walker
  55. John Warrener
  56. Sam Wilder
  57. Phillip F. Wiley
  58. Bill Woodson
  59. Gene Yelverton
  60. Clint Yelverton
  61. James Rudd
  62. Gene Bates
  63. Dr. Charles E. Cravey
  64. Bill Reincheld
  65. Charles L Dennis, Evangelist
  66. Bradley Knepp Elder, Central PA Conference
  67. Richard Dalfiume, Wyoming Conference
  68. Joe McManus OSMA, Austin and Nixon, Texas
  69. Norman L. Ramsey III, Virginia Conference
  70. Joe McManus OSMA, Austin and Nixon, Texas
  71. Richard Dalfiume, Wyoming Conference
  72. Richard L. Kuhn, North Alabama Conference
  73. J. Wesley Putnam, General Evangelist Northwest Texas Annual Conference
  74. Billy L. Craig, Oregon/Idaho Conference
  75. Pastor David V. Ford, Williamsburg, Virginia
  76. Mike Linsley, North Texas Conference
  77. Don Roulsten, California/Nevada Annual Conference
  78. Jack M. Egorov Jr, California-Nevada Annual Conference
  79. Lynn Egorov, California-Nevada Annual Conference
  80. D. Robin Benson, No. Illinois Conf.
  81. Benny Joyner, Hazlehurst, GA 31539
  82. William W. Hamilton, North Georgia Conference
  83. Rev. Dan Gates, Columbus, Georgia
  84. John T. Metz, Northern Illinois Conference
  85. Jon Wilson, Oklahoma Annual Conference
  86. Kyle P. Quinn, Memphis Annual Conference
  87. Michael L. Gonzalez, Northern Illinois Conference
  88. Pastor Craig L. Adams, West Michigan Annual Conference
  89. Keith Igarashi, Annual Conference
  90. Rev. Richard E. Pitcher, CA-NEV. Conference of the UMC
  91. Allen McBroom, Starkville First UMC

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