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Additional Links for Your "Pro-homosexuality Bishop Suspends Faithful UM Pastor" Story

From: Daniel Cash [mailto:dcash@comcast.net]
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:49 PM
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Subject: Additional Links for Your "Pro-homosexuality Bishop Suspends Faithful UM Pastor" Story

If you are allowed to link to the official UMC web site, there is a discussion thread there
(http://archives.umc.org/idealbb/view.asp?topicID=220&sessionID=0E1917E4FBA641FBAB67F40368322777 ) that lists a lot of additional information on this story.  The news story in a local paper is at http://www.vancnews.com/articles/2005/06/21/south_hill/news/news01.txt.  This story is a sad indication of where the Virginia Annual Conference is headed since Bishop Kammerer has showed up.

My son-in-law attends seminary with the son and daughter-in-law of this suspended pastor.  The week after annual conference, Bishop Kammerer showed up at this pastor’s church.  He preached on the inerrancy of scripture for his sermon and got a standing ovation after he finished.  This probably upset our bishop, who is a staunch defender of Joseph Sprague’s theology.  I also heard that some of the bishop’s family showed up at his daughter-in-law’s church two weeks after annual conference.  For a bishop that gets upset at people monitoring what she says and what Joseph Sprague says, she must believe that this only applies to the laity and not clergy.

I am leaving the United (Unitarian is a better description now) Methodist Church.  I am tired of trying to fight the clergy hierarchy that is hell-bent on preaching radical hospitality, everybody goes to heaven, “come as you are – stay as you are” theology.  The liberals seem to have no problem with organizing and infighting to force their way on the church.  I cannot bring myself to stoop to their tactics.  There is too much work to be done to preach salvation to the lost – I plan to support this in a denomination that actually still believes it.

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