I read an article the other day regarding the United Methodist Church titled “Don’t Leave.”
The article is arguing against the inevitible split of the United Methodist Church and the Protocol for Separation. I understand the sentiments of the article. They do not want their church to split up. They want their church to find a way to reconcile. But they take it a step further…
Don’t leave. It’s a sin.Nathan Decker
Don’t leave, it is a sin? My question to Pastor Decker is where do you get this idea? Where do you get the idea that to leave an apostate church is a sin? Where do you get the idea that the United Methodist Church must continue in the discord that it has had when the parties are at irreconcilable differences?
On one hand, you have a group of people and churches that want to uphold the Scripture on the issues of human sexuality. Then there is another group that just dismisses those passages as cultural issues. These are polar opposites. One is biblical, the other is sinful man’s idea of justice.
The point I would like to make is that for those who hold to the biblical view, we must leave. It is not just good for us to leave, it is commanded. Paul says in Titus 3:10 that we are not to have anything else to do with the one that stirs up division.
The LGBTQ agenda has been stirring up division for decades. They are militant in their views. Yes, they should be the ones to leave but they will not. Traditionalists have no choice but to leave. It is unfortunate. But the United Methodist Church has chosen its path. The Bishops refuse to uphold the discipline so those who stay within its guidelines have no choice. Go elsewhere.