Lomperis warns of 'dirty tricks' and progressive plans

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
 | 
Bill Bumpas (OneNewsNow.com)

UMC Book of DisciplineA special committee, appointed by the Council of Bishops in the United Methodist Church, will soon present its final report which could lead the denomination to officially change its stance on biblical sexuality.  

The 32-member Commission on a Way Forward has been meeting since January 2017 after being charged by bishops to come up with a way to move Methodists forward on LGBT issues. 

John Lomparis, with the Institute on Religion & Democracy, downplays the significance of the commission because the Council of Bishops will have the final say on the final report. He also predicts the most outspoken leaders of the Council have been pushing a more liberalizing agenda on sexuality.

"The fact is that the Council of Bishops often operate in a very liberal echo chamber," he complains, "where they really don't care much or don't understand how many conservative United Methodists are out there."

Lomperis

He also observes that the Way Forward Commission was "stacked" by design with liberal members, meaning it underrepresents conservative Methodists.

Although the Council of Bishops can take this final report and make their own proposal at the 2019 General Conference in St. Louis, scheduled for next February, delegates can also make proposals.

Lomperis, himself a delegate, will be pushing for United Methodists to maintain their Biblical standards; have stronger accountability; and have generous exit ramps for congregations, bishops and others who say they cannot follow those standards. 

He hopes that there will not be any "parliamentary dirty tricks or heavy-handed manipulation of the rules" by liberal bishops to limit consideration of alternatives to their preferred plan.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Is President Trump going 'soft' on U.S. enemies such as Vladimir Putin?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump embraces longtime US foe Putin, doubting own intel
Lava crashes through roof of Hawaii tour boat, injuring 23
US open to direct talks with Taliban, officials say
Judge temporarily halts deportation of reunified families
Muslim candidates running in record numbers face backlash
Contentious bill defines Israel as Jewish nation-state

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Nunes: Mueller's Russia indictment 'ridiculous'
Putin denies having dirt on Trump, calls meddling charge 'utterly ridiculous' in Fox News interview
‘Worse than gymnastics’: Lawsuit makes explosive sex abuse allegations involving USA Diving
Terror expert compares reaction to Trump's Russia efforts to Obama's: ‘It's glaring hypocrisy’
The left-wing paradise of San Francisco

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
A cry for unity to restart an 'awakening'

Nat'l Day of Prayer 2018 (1)A key organizer of this year's National Day of Prayer says the major theme of next week's event is unity.