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Faithful UM's "Say Goodbye" To Unfaithful Denomination


Scott & Julie Bean

Well,

The time has come for Julie and I to say goodbye to the UMC. God has new plans for us. We presented our letters of resignation to the Admin Board tonight. This was a very hard thing to do, but I feel like a large weight has been lifted from my shoulders. At the same time I feel unspeakable grief and sorrow that we had to make this decision. I am posting what I said to the Board here.

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It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I deliver this message to you. For the past seven years, Julie and I have called the United Methodist Church, and more specifically CRUMC our home. We have had many great experiences, made good friends, and grown in our faith. However, Julie and I both feel that God is now calling us out of the Methodist denomination to begin a new journey. Most of you know of the struggles within the UMC, and you also know what our beliefs and positions are regarding these disputes.

John Wesley wrote, “I am not afraid that the people called Methodists should ever cease to exist either in Europe or America. But I am afraid lest they should only exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion without the power. And this undoubtedly will be the case unless they hold fast both the doctrine, spirit, and discipline with which they first set out.” This seems to be a prophetic message. In the UMC today we have people who think that anything goes. A retired bishop who, while still in office, disputed the fact that Jesus was God’s Son, that Jesus could not have been physically resurrected, and that there was no way that a virgin birth was possible. Our own Annual Conference passed legislation this year that states “neither belief nor practice can keep you from the love of God.” This means that you can believe anything you want to and still go to heaven when you die. In John 14:6 Jesus says "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” This goes directly against what the conference has decided. Another piece of legislation openly challenges the Book of Discipline. Petition #1-12 titled “An Important Role of the Church is to Strengthen the Family” says that the Annual Conference supports all families, including families of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons, and unmarried couples living in love, mutual support, personal commitment and shared fidelity between partners. Furthermore, this conference pledges to assist families in achieving stability, acceptance in the larger society, and equal civil rights afforded to families.” Paragraph 161G of the Social Principles states, “Although all persons are sexual beings whether or not they are married, sexual relations are only clearly affirmed in the marriage bond.” It seems our Annual Conference is condoning adultery, even trying to gain approval in mainstream society.

There are many other things that I could point out which I feel are reasons God is calling us out of the UMC. However, the most important reason came into being March 31, 2005. Since the birth of our son, Julie and I have become more keenly aware of the teachings of our denomination. We feel that our son deserves to be brought up in an environment that relies on teaching of the scripture, and on the fact that Christ is the ONLY way to salvation. There is no compromise. If we compromise on anything I have mentioned, how long will it be before we are compromised? “ Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. “ (1John 4:1)

We feel we have tested the spirits within the UMC. While not every congregation or member of the denomination is evil, 2 Peter 2:1 states “But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. “ I do not want my son exposed to these false teachers. While I know I cannot keep my child safe from every danger, I should not have to worry what he is being taught at church camp or other officially sanctioned gatherings.

Julie and I are tired. We have been waging spiritual warfare for too long. God is calling us to a time of rest and rejuvenation. Therefore, we respectfully submit our letters of resignation from every position we now hold within Castle Rock United Methodist Church effective September 30, 2005 or whenever the board finds suitable replacements, whichever comes sooner. We also ask that our names be removed from the membership rolls at that time. I will work with whoever you find to replace me as treasurer to ensure a smooth transition of the books. Julie will still give her report on Annual Conference, and work with the Endowment Committee on the second round of grant proposals.

We would like to thank you for allowing us to serve the church in leadership roles. We will miss you, and ask God’s blessing on the congregation of CRUMC.

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Man's way leads to a hopeless end. God's way leads to an Endless Hope!!

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