June 6

Written by Bill Grandi on June 6th, 2024

I thought I would be doing a post on Jacob wrestling with God. But something else has come to the forefront and takes importance. Some of it is not my words. They come from a blogging friend whom I have come to love at a (very long) distance and respect. Her husband, Dick, is a pastor and she has had (and still does have) her own blog. I’m going to put two links I would ask that you read. You may comment here or you may follow her and email her personally. That being said, I would still like to hear your thoughts.

There is a lot of ruminating and discussion going on in the church world concerning what our culture is demanding we accept. Probably the one affecting us the most is the whole Alphabet soup of letters and the acceptance of that lifestyle. While I am willing to accept anyone who walks through the doors of the church, and can be friendly to anyone, I cannot and will not affirm their lifestyle.  There is a difference between acceptance and affirmation. That is not hatred. That is not judgment. It is standing on the Bible as the infallible, inerrant, Spirit-inspired Word of God. To compromise that is (in my mind and heart) to deny the faith. We are urged to “defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. (Jude 3). To read the next verse tells you why: “I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives.The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”  (emphasis mine) Can anyone say 2024? (And they have the nerve to say the Bible is so out-dated). 

Pam writes from the heart. I will let her two blogs tell you her story.

Read this one first: https://2encourage.blogspot.com/2024/06/changes-in-umc.html

Read this one next: https://2encourage.blogspot.com/2024/05/try-little-kindness.html

Here was my email to Pam: Well…you sure did it in! 🙂 And I totally agree with you on both. Although not a member or any way affiliated with the UMC, I ache for those, like you and Dick, who want to stay true to God’s Word and find yourself on the outside not even being able to look in. I suspect there are many grieving with you over what is lost and probably will never be recovered. I have to think that what they deem a “world reaching decision” will, in actuality, destroy the UMC. One cannot compromise with the world and expect good results. I John 2:15-17 shows us that. In our effort to be “kind” we have fallen on the slippery slope and done a free fall.

Prayers for you and Dick to find your niche and place of service.

In all honesty, I stand firm with Dick and Pam and what I wrote. I see the downfall of the UMC and others of that ilk in the years to come. All one has to do is look at the more liberal denominations and see their decline in all ways in order to see the devastating affect of compromise. We are not “kind” if we withhold the truth of God’s Word and the results of rejection of it, and even more, Jesus.

I would like to know what you think. Feel free to comment here, but may I also encourage you to encourage Pam (and Dick).

{All Scripture from the New Living Translation}

 

6 Comments so far ↓

  1. Thank you so much for your encouragement and kind words, Bill! Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Dick said to me yesterday, “I feel like God is going to step in here somehow. He is going to open a door.” Can’t wait to see where it leads!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I’m with Dick Pam. He has promised His children will never be forsaken. The right spot will open up for you both.

  2. I can so identify with all the pain this decision has caused for so many Methodist churches, Bill, as we took that stand to disaffiliate. But if we don’t stand for God, we will bow to the world.
    Blessings, my friend!
    (I’m now following Pam’s blog!)

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I remember how you were affected by this decision Martha. I admire you and Danny sticking true to your convictions. And I’m glad you are following Pam’s blog.

  3. gail says:

    I agree as a church we have to be loving and open to the LGBTQ community coming into our churches. However there can be no bending, or changing God’s word on any subject. If we allow lies to be stated as truths, we dishonor God and who He is. If we do not call sin a sin, then the person can not understand why they need to confess and why they need to have Jesus as their Savior. The world’s set of lies, and truths do not always line up with the Bibical truths, and as Tony states, anyone who disagrees with God is wrong.

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