Dear Friends in Christ,
Many years ago, my Grandad was converted at a Methodist Tent Meeting. You will always have a special place in my heart because of that, but even more so because some of the sweetest times of fellowship I have ever experienced were at the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry at Missouri Southern. I have many fond memories from the time I spent there. It was one of the most important spiritually formative times in my life and I will always remember how powerfully I felt God’s peace and His presence, gathering in that old Methodist church building, sharing joys and concerns, worshipping and growing together. In recent years, I have been proud of you and grateful for the way your denomination has been faithful to be welcoming and minister to people from every background and orientation. If denominations are like factions, then ya’ll must be Amity.
Sadly, your kindness and patience has been taken advantage of. The fastest growing acronym in America, the LGBTQIA community, is trying to forcibly convert you to their religion instead of the other way around. They have done this by posing as pastors to infiltrate your ranks. You can’t allow this to happen. My Grandad was converted because he repented of his sins and wrong ways of thinking and believing, not because the church condoned them and encouraged him to continue in them. There is nothing kind about allowing someone to continue in a harmful lifestyle or belief system that the Bible says will lead to destruction. Kindness is offering a helping hand up and ministering to a person’s deepest need. You’re going to have to make some firm decisions this week in your General Conference and I believe that I have a Word of Wisdom for you in the days ahead:
You have a large number of defiant and rebellious ministers who have openly broken church rules and made a mockery of Biblical values by performing gay marriages, failing to believe the Bible is God’s inerrant word, and coming out of the closet themselves. They are directly defying you and testing their limits by coming out a few weeks ago. You are going to have to remove every one of them. 1 Samuel 15:3 informs us that “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and arrogance/insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry.” This action is clearly demonic and a blatant move of Satan to destroy your fellowship. These Poser Pastors are wolves in sheep’s clothing and you must protect your sheep by throwing the wolves out of the sheepfold. In other words, you must defrock and disfellowship them. Remove their licenses and membership.
While I personally tend to favor Baptist Congregationalism, the wonderful thing about having your system of church oversight is that the denomination owns the building. You may have to reclaim, rebrand, relaunch or replant some churches. Don’t be afraid or worried if some of you buildings empty out when you remove their fraudulent minister. Look at this as a positive opportunity to plant a new, healthy, Bible-believing congregation to be salt and light to their community. Send out some faithful young pastors and teams to do the work
You’re going to need to take a careful look at your Seminaries and any school bearing the name of Methodist and remove teachers who do not hold to God’s word faithfully or do not agree with church rules and Biblical principles. Replace them with God-fearing, Bible-toting, Gospel preaching Methodists that John and Charles Wesley would be proud of.
Never lose sight of the kindness, acceptance, love, welcoming and warmth you offer to people. It's what you are known for. Just add another element--bring more healing, help and redemption. Don’t give up your efforts to minister to those on the fringes of society. Be intentional about being on the cutting edge of ministering freedom, healing and restoration to people from every imaginable background. It's not unloving to be honest and help people confront their sins and issues. Better than anyone, you have positioned yourselves to come alongside those in need.
Paul’s Letter to Titus is going to be your guidebook for how to fix your once great denomination. The qualifications for elders, or pastors, will guide you in your course correction, as well as his list of disqualifications. From Titus 1:5-16 we can glean that ministers should be faithful to Biblical marriage, holding to the Trustworthy Word---meaning dedicated to teaching the word of God and able to do it well, not greedy or selfish, a lover of what is good and virtuous, self-controlled, morally upright according to Biblical criteria, Holy---a true, born again, Spirit-filled believer, and able to rebuke those who contradict Scripture. Such a person must unflinchingly correct or silence those disqualified from ministry because of their insubordination, disobedience, arrogant talk and deception.
I know you have difficult days ahead. People may call you divisive. But these sinful, arrogant, rebellious false teachers among you are the divisive ones. If you remove them, you will bring health to the flock and unity among the true believers. True unity only comes through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. By removing the divisive false teachers, you will bring peace to the church and you will see God’s blessing restored and His Kingdom move in power. You will be the true peacemakers. “Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called the children of God.” I wish you well. I’m praying for you to have wisdom and boldness in Jesus’ name.