"After almost 20 years in the UMC, I threw in the towel..."
Dear Don Wildmon,
After almost 20 years in the UMC, I threw in
the towel about 6 months ago and now am a member of Johnson Ferry Baptist in
Atlanta. Our new pastor Bryant Wright preaches the Word and every sermon is
relevant to our lives as Christians. He doesn't avoid unpopular issues.
Your webpage had much to do with my decision
to leave ______ UMC in _____, Ga. Our church was apparently becoming a training
ground for lesbian ministers as our last two student ministers were lesbians.
Also for some reason the church leaned towards the Palestinian cause and our
assistant minister told me he thought Allah was the same god as our Christian
God. We actually had a couple of muslims come to our church to answer questions
on Islam and the Middle East situation and sell us Christian artifacts. Our
Sunday School class had been studying Islam and our questions of the Muslims
apparently didn't go over well with the minister and several members of our
church. Our church seemed to take the "all roads lead to heaven" approach to
Reading all the Bishop Sprague info. on your
website was the final straw. I had to leave as I was upset all the time and
dreaded going to church. I talked to my assistant pastor about my concerns and
he suggested I find another church as things would not be changing. I finally
stopped attending church and told my wife that in good conscience I could no
longer attend any UMC function.
My wife later followed me to Johnson Ferry
and we both couldn't be happier.
Thanks for all your good information and I
hope and pray you can make a difference and keep John Wesley from turning over
in his grave.
As you know, this is not an isolated
situation. We were forwarded this link to the Pastor's page of
Saint Matthew's United
Methodist Church in Acton, Massachusetts.
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