The Methodist church is facing a long-anticipated crackup between a vocal and activist left wing minority and its conservative majority:
There’s at least one area of agreement among conservative, centrist and liberal leaders in the United Methodist Church: America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination is on a path toward likely breakup over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBT pastors.
The differences have simmered for years, and came to a head in February at a conference in St. Louis where delegates voted 438-384 for a proposal called the Traditional Plan, which strengthens bans on LGBT-inclusive practices. A majority of U.S.-based delegates opposed that plan and favored LGBT-friendly options, but they were outvoted by U.S. conservatives teamed with most of the delegates from Methodist strongholds in Africa and the Philippines.
Many believe the vote will prompt an exodus from the church by liberal congregations that are already expressing their dissatisfaction over the move.
Some churches have raised rainbow flags in a show of LGBT solidarity. Some pastors have vowed to defy the strict rules and continue to allow gay weddings in Methodist churches. Churches are withholding dues payments to the main office in protest, and the UMC’s receipts were down 20 percent in March, according to financial reports posted online.
“It’s time for some kind of separation, some kind of amicable divorce,” said James Howell, pastor of Myers Park United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, who posted a video assailing the proposal for its “real meanness.”
This will be a very interesting experiment to see whether social justice warrior parasites can live without a conservative or state host to feed off.
I’m going to make a prediction. Presuming the Methodist liberals do indeed choose to go their own way, I think they’re going to quickly spiral into insanity and collapse. I think within five to ten years of the split, the liberal “Methodist church” is going to be indistinguishable from Evergreen State College.
I believe the liberals were always somewhat reined in by the conservative majority, but if a split from the conservatives occurs, those restraints will disappear.
We will see them morph completely into firebreathing SJWs, membership will rapidly deteriorate, and then a corruption scandal where the “woke” leaders of the new Methodist church have been pilfering money to live luxurious lifestyles will inevitably emerge, as it does with nearly all social justice organizations and causes.
(Disclaimer: I am not a Methodist.)