What’s in the Traditional Plan?

By Thomas Lambrecht –

The report of the Commission on a Way Forward and the legislative proposals for the three plans they developed are now posted publicly on the Judicial Council website. In the interest of helping facilitate discussion and consideration of the three main proposals that will be voted upon at the special General Conference next February, I will be sharing the elements involved in each plan. You can read about the One Church Plan here.

Although this article is shorter than the 232-page full report and petitions, in the interest of thoroughness, many details will be included. For those looking for a shorter report, you can skip to the summary at the bottom of this article.

The Traditional Plan is founded on retaining what evangelicals and traditionalists believe is the Scriptural teaching that sexual relationships are to be reserved for the covenant of marriage between one man and one woman. Based on the votes of previous General Conferences, a Traditional Plan appears to have the best chance of the three main proposals of being adopted. It is the approach favored by most evangelicals and traditionalists, including the Renewal and Reform Coalition (Good News, The Confessing Movement, UM Action, and the Wesleyan Covenant Association).

The Traditional Plan retains the current stance in the Book of Discipline that values all persons as equally “of sacred worth, created in the image of God” and believes that the practice of homosexuality is contrary to God’s will. Because of widespread disobedience to the church’s prohibition of same-sex weddings and the ordination of self-avowed practicing homosexuals, the Traditional Plan dramatically enhances accountability to the church’s requirements and closes many of the loopholes currently being used to avoid accountability. At the same time, the Plan offers a gracious exit for annual conferences, congregations, bishops, and clergy who cannot in good conscience abide by the church’s historic standards. 

Key features of the Traditional Plan include:

  • The requirement that every annual conference vote on whether or not it is prepared to fully uphold and enforce the standards of the church around same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals. Those annual conferences unwilling or unable to enforce the Discipline are encouraged to withdraw from The United Methodist Church and form a self-governing Methodist church that would allow same-sex marriage and LGBT ordination.
  • Annual conferences that did not agree to enforce the Discipline or who failed to do so would, as of January 1, 2021, no longer be able to use the United Methodist name or logo, and would be unable to give or receive funds through the general church.
  • Any annual conference could, by a simple majority, vote to withdraw from The United Methodist Church and keep its assets and liabilities. The annual conference would still be responsible for its pension liabilities and could continue to sponsor a pension program through Wespath.
  • Any local church in a departing annual conference could vote by a simple majority to remain in The United Methodist Church and abide by the current provisions of the Discipline.
  • Every bishop would be required to submit a statement as to whether or not he or she is prepared to fully uphold and enforce the standards of the church around same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals, and to hold those under their supervision accountable to those standards. Any bishop unwilling or unable to do so would be subject to a disciplinary process administered by the Council of Bishops.
  • The Council of Bishops would establish a committee to respond to bishops who are unwilling to enforce the Discipline or who are charged with the offenses of immorality or practices incompatible with Christian teaching. Upon the committee’s recommendation, the Council of Bishops could vote to place a bishop on involuntary leave or involuntary retirement.
  • Any group of 50 or more local congregations could vote to withdraw from The United Methodist Church to form a self-governing Methodist church, upon payment of each local church’s share of their annual conference’s unfunded pension liability.
  • Any local church that wants to allow same-sex marriage, but is in an annual conference that will continue to prohibit such under the current Discipline, could vote by a 55 percent majority to withdraw from The United Methodist Church to join a self-governing Methodist church that allows same-sex marriage. The local church would have to pay its share of their annual conference’s unfunded pension liabilities.
  • Bishops and clergy who are unable to live within the boundaries of conduct established by the Discipline would be encouraged to transfer to a self-governing Methodist church that affirms their beliefs.
  • Annual conferences and congregations that depart from The United Methodist Church could continue to participate in Wespath and could negotiate fee-based services from other general boards and agencies of the UM Church. They could also continue to participate in joint mission through the General Board of Global Ministries, as well as partnerships for mission and other joint projects, with the agreement of the UM entity involved. Changes would be made to the pension program to ensure that pension liabilities are fairly cared for.
  • Institutions related to The United Methodist Church would remain affiliated with the annual conference it is affiliated with, whether that annual conference withdraws or remains in the church. But such institutions could form cooperative relationships with other bodies and could, under the provisions of their own bylaws, change their relationship from one body to another.
  • Any self-governing Methodist church would create its own Book of Discipline and be self-supporting financially, including funding its own bishops.
  • The definition of “self-avowed practicing homosexual” would be expanded to include persons living in a same-sex partnership, union, or marriage, in keeping with Judicial Council decision 1341.
  • Bishops are required to nominate as members of the conference board of ordained ministry only persons who are committed to upholding and enforcing the provisions of the Discipline related to the candidacy and ordination of LGBT persons. Bishops are also prohibited from ordaining a self-avowed practicing homosexual as a clergy person. In addition, bishops are prohibited from consecrating as bishop anyone who is a self-avowed practicing homosexual.
  • Clergy found guilty by a trial court of performing a same-sex wedding would have a mandatory minimum penalty of one year’s suspension without pay for a first offense, and removal of clergy credentials for a second offense.
  • Bishops would not be allowed to dismiss a complaint unless it has “no basis in law or fact.”
  • “Just resolution” process and agreements would be reformed to ensure that complainants are included in the process and, where possible, agree to the “just resolution” before it is finalized.
  • The counsel for the church in a church trial process would be given the same right of appeal for egregious errors of church law that the defendant now enjoys.


The Traditional Plan would retain the current stance of the Discipline regarding same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals. It would enhance accountability by:

  • Encouraging annual conferences, bishops, clergy, and congregations unwilling to live within the requirements of the Discipline to withdraw from The United Methodist Church and form their own self-governing Methodist church.
  • Providing that annual conferences not enforcing the Discipline could no longer use the United Methodist name or logo and could not give or receive funds through the general church.
  • Providing a new accountability process for bishops, whereby the Council of Bishops could place a bishop on involuntary leave or involuntary retirement.
  • Expanding the definition of “self-avowed practicing homosexual” to include persons living in a same-sex marriage, union, or partnership.
  • Requiring that bishops nominate as members of the conference board of ordained ministry only persons willing to uphold and enforce the Discipline.
  • Providing a mandatory minimum penalty for clergy found guilty of performing a same-sex wedding.
  • Prohibiting bishops from dismissing a complaint unless it has no basis in law or fact.
  • Reforming the “just resolution” process to include the required participation of the complainant.
  • Allowing the church to appeal any egregious errors of church law from a trial process.

At the same time, the Traditional Plan acknowledges the reality that there are segments of the church that cannot live with the current prohibitions on same-sex marriage and the ordination of practicing homosexuals. The Plan provides a gracious way for annual conferences, bishops, clergy, and congregations to leave The United Methodist Church by a simple majority (or in some cases a 55 percent majority) vote and keep all their property, buildings, assets, and liabilities, in exchange only for covering unfunded pension liabilities.


  • The Traditional Plan maintains the majority position of the church, reaffirmed by every General Conference since 1972. It maintains the unity of the church with its members outside the United States, who overwhelmingly hold the traditional view. It follows the premise that those who want to change the church should be the ones to leave, not those who are in continuity with the church’s historic teachings.
  • It recognizes that there are parts of the church that can no longer live with the current strictures of the Book of Discipline and provides them with an easy and gracious way to leave the denomination and form a church that agrees with their theological understanding. Those who simply disagree with the church’s position are welcome to stay in the church, as long as they are willing to conform their behavior to the church’s requirements.
  • The Traditional Plan seeks to enhance accountability for bishops, clergy, and annual conferences, to ensure that those remaining in The United Methodist Church do indeed live by its standards.
  • Some progressive leaders have said they are not willing to leave the church under any circumstances. This may require that disciplinary measures are taken in order to align with the Discipline. There is some risk that such disciplinary measures may not work or may not be taken, which could lessen the effectiveness of the plan.
  • The Traditional Plan offers a hopeful way to end the conflict in our church by allowing those disagreeing with the church’s teaching to go their separate way with a blessing. Church property and the trust clause ought not be used to coerce people to remain in a covenant against their conscience. The Traditional Plan is the only one of the three that includes a gracious exit provision for those unable to live with the church’s teachings and requirements.
  • The Traditional Plan offers those who disagree with the effectiveness of this approach to also seek an exit from the denomination under the same terms.
  • As annual conferences and congregations depart from the denomination, it will be necessary to redraw jurisdictional and annual conference lines.
  • The Traditional Plan seeks a gracious end to the conflict of our church, so that valuable resources, time, and energy can be directed to making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

There is no easy or painless way out of the impasse that besets our church, and there is no perfect solution. Of the three plans, however, the Traditional Plan seems the most faithful to Scripture and the most gracious in acknowledging that all members of the church may not be able to live with that solution. It provides a way for those who cannot live together to go their separate ways with blessing, allowing both to pursue ministry in faithfulness to their consciences without coercion.

Thomas Lambrecht is a United Methodist clergyperson and the vice president of Good News. He also served as a member of the Commission on a Way Forward. 


  1. Stephen Rhoades says

    Thank you, Tom, for these informative and helpful summaries. I believe this is a great service to our church!

  2. I am very pleased with how this Traditional Model takes a definitive Scripture-affirming theological position — one where unity with God’s Word and the 2000-year traditions of the Church take precedence over late-breaking normative trends. I fear we would only hamper the UMC’s ability to bring the saving knowledge of Christ to the lost sinners of the world if we attenuate the doctrinal clarity of our message and adopt the One Church Plan: a Plan that locks the UMC into perpetual theological disagreement on the parameters of sinful behavior.
    Unity with the One Faith of the One Lord is the purest unity to which we are called, and the Traditional Model thankfully provides that. It is appropriately specific and firm, but I feel it also correctly shows great magnanimity to those persons who have rejected the UMC’s existing stance on same-sex issues.
    Let us indeed part — if we cannot agree on this important doctrinal matter and the Scriptures’ testimony — but part without any acrimony, praying earnestly for each other to grow closer to the unchanging and pure wisdom of Almighty God.

    • The fact that we are here, considering three different plans for the future of our church, says to me that Methodism has failed. I’m no theologian, but a straight forward read of the Bible tells me that this “holy conversation” is unnecessary.

      The world wants what it desires and God tells us what He expects. We all get to choose. I choose to worship within a church that takes God’s word as truth. All of it.

  3. Gabrella says

    Thank goodness someone is finding a way forward consistent with the Bible. If clergy, bishops etc refuse to uphold and leave the UMC, there is a path, called termination that will work. People need to understand the vow of the church are sacred. God doesn’t say we can pick and choose which of His laws to follow.

  4. Bill Fitzgerrel says

    I certainly agree that this Traditionalist plan is one that almost all conservatives, including myself, can support. I am concerned about the practicality of making this plan work since a majority of bishops oppose it. I glanced over the petition that provides a plan for dissolution of the denomination. It seems to me that that plan makes the most sense. It would provide for a denomination with sexual ethics that conservatives can support, and it provides a denomination for progressives. Such a plan would allow for REAL UNITY and not forced unity.

  5. It seems a bit odd and perhaps unfair that the Traditionalist plan provides for a gracious exit policy for those whose conscience would not allow them to remain a part of the denomination if that plan is adopted by the General Conference whereas the other two plans do not offer a similar gracious exit plan for Traditionalist whose conscience would not allow them to remain a part of the UMC if one of the other two plans is adopted. What gives?

  6. If this traditional plan is adopted, what happens to the general boards and agencies? Can they split also? Can they be tamed?

  7. The Traditional Model is an actual, true one church plan in that it essentially continues our denomination as is with the necessary modifications to strengthen and sustain it. It, as the only model to do so, graciously offers those who have already separated from the church a way to leave and make their separation official, and it offers a way to effectively and justly deal with those in continued defiance. If this plan is not adopted in February, then the 2020 General Conference will have to deal with separation legislation.

  8. Gary Bebop says

    The Traditional Plan has much eye appeal. However, by what mechanism will annual conferences be declared non-compliant? Annual conferences are virtually self-regulating entities and jurisdictions have wide latitudes. What happens when a conference declares itself compliant but is actually defiant? In the West, reality is upside down; defiance is named “obedience” by clever construal and dissemblance. Such calumnious obfuscation of reality will frustrate attempts to enforce a Traditional Plan.

  9. Thank you for your articles on the plans. I have read the appendices attached to the COB’s motion to the Judicial Counsel which contain the proposed legislation accompanying the three plans. I applaud the authors of the Traditional Plan for including within the accompanying petitions a plan for a gracious exit for those whose consciences compel them to leave the denomination should the Traditional plan prevail next February. I see, however, that the other two plans, both of which are more favored by the COB, do not contain any such gracious exit plan or option. It seems the COB in February of this year made the decision to abandon or at least soft pedal any development of a gracious exit plan for Traditionalists whose conscience will not allow them to stay in connection if either of the other two plans prevails. Is this a heavy-handed power play on the part of the COB or is it fear on the COB’s part that either of the two plans the majority of COB prefers (with the “One Church” plan being the top choice for that group, a misnomer if ever there was one) likely will not garner a majority of delegates to the special-called conference?

  10. Sally Hart says

    When I try to print this, it leaves out entire phrases. Is there any way to print a copy as written?

  11. Thomas Luther says

    How will the bishops be able to hold disobedient bishops accountable in the Traditional plan when those same bishops cannot do it now? I think General Conferance should be able to remove bishops and clergy who do not uphold the BOD.

  12. The source of our problem is dishonest Bishops and the clergy and laity who support them. All of them at the time of their ordination said they believed what is stated in our Discipline but they do not believe it and have no intention of supporting or defending it. Meanwhile those who do believe and defend what is in our Discipline are labeled as bigots and racists who are filled with rage. We need a term limit for Bishops.

    Tolerance and inclusiveness can cause problems and a plan to sanctify sin will not solve them.

  13. Thanks for your summary. After reading the three plans, I find the Traditional Plan has the theme of “punishment.” However, my impression may have been influenced by Rev. Renfroes speech. I was very disturbed by Rev. Renfroe’s youtube presentation. His anger needs to be checked. Where is the love and grace? I know he’s not Jesus, but he doesn’t speak for all traditionalists. When the opposition goes low, we must go high. I can understand why the clergy from NC called out Rev Renfroe. Please Rev. Renfroe, we need you to do better don’t take the bait.

    I do wish the Traditional Plan message reflected traditional love/grace/Wesleyan concepts written in the plan (outside of the graceful exit recommendation for churches who cannot abide by the BOD) The Traditional Plan doesn’t sound Wesleyan at all, it just sounds so punitive. I do agree with other commentators that it would seem only fair to offer a graceful exit plan for traditionalists in the One Church Plan. I do believe separation is certain. I feel the way things are going now that the One Church Plan will pass, hopefully with a “graceful exit plan” for traditionalist. An exit plan for all should be offered.

  14. Steve Daniels says

    As a layman / UMC church member, I am concerned that God’s consistency is being questioned by those who would have the UMC modify its principles to accommodate today’s worldly society. In Exodus 3:14, God replied to Moses. “I Am Who I Am.” This is also translated as, “I Will Always Be Who I Have Always Been,” or “I Will Forever Be Who I Am Now.” God never changes. Why should the UMC even consider compromising its foundation to appease the sinfulness of those who refuse to repent and turn away from what God has called an abomination (Leviticus 18:22), a detestable act (Leviticus 20:13), and shameful desires (Romans 1:26-27). Why are some slapping God in His face, telling Him we know better than He does when it comes to moral issues? There can be no unity when we distort the values that God has provided for us. There can be no unity when various views are allowed on this critical matter. We either follow God’s path or we don’t. Those who choose not to follow God’s path seem to be offered an opportunity to depart/exit the UMC. May God bless us and guide us to do His will.

  15. Gregory Rogers says

    To me the traditional plan is the one that pushes us to separate. I hope we can live together. The One Church Plan gives us that opportunity.

    • April User says

      The One Church plan will force most of the non US Conferences to leave the church. Only the Traditionalist plan will keep the majority of UMers within the UMC. The US church is struggling the most with what scripture says about human sexuality and the US church is in decline. Do you want to “hitch your wagon” to the falling star of the US UMC? I don’t.

  16. gary hamilton says

    I say follow the scriptures and the current Book of Discipline. Those who do not wish to follow Holy Scripture nor the Book of Discipline, can leave the UMC and form their own churches.

  17. J. B. MORRIS says

    We should love the sinner, but not their sins! The Bible provides us with a clear understanding about homosexuality, same sex marriage the
    and symptom of LGBTQ. Homosexuality is not inherited; it is a symptom of our culture. We as Christians, need to take a stand, and if we don’t take a stand then we stand for nothing. Where do you stand on the social issues and the progressive theology of LGBTQ

  18. Thank you Thom,
    Today my students during Weslayan theological lecture hour pour blessings on you for the insight to safe the UMC from those who taught Christianity is a social club.Keep up the good work there is no compromise between darkness and light.

  19. The argument of the conservative side of our church seems to be that we can’t ordain LGBTQ individuals because that lifestyle is sinful and incompatible with the Holy Scriptures. I don’t understand this…we ordain people who are divorced almost without batting an eye!? Jesus actually spoke about divorce. What gives? I guess we should only allow sinless individuals into the order of elders. That would sure save our local churches a lot of money LOL. I agree that we need to take the entire breadth of scripture seriously. I struggle with the idea of full inclusion too. But at the same time, Jesus clearly taught pacifism. How many conservative Christians are pacifists. Take the log out of your own eye first…

    • Floyd S. Ostrom says

      Thank you John, as it is comforting to see at least one fairly rational and, in my mind, truly Christian comment on this page. We are struggling through this issue at our own church, and, as a progressive, I fear we are losing. Our Bishop and lead pastor are affirmed WCA. We can’t even encourage an open forum for discussion in our church, so they have limited transparency. In our minds, there is nothing in our bible in red that condemns homosexuality. Other than the Ten Commandments the laws were written by man, with many further translations by more men. In our minds, we are all God’s children, and Jesus loves and forgives us all for our sins. Homosexuality is not a choice, so how can it even be a sin! As a retired Pediatrician, I know of many children, boys especially, who at the age of 5 or 6 were confused about their gender identity. At that age, did they choose that? Science supports the fact that children are born with that and do not choose that. So the Traditionalist Plan only maintains the status quo and worsens the punishment of the LGBTQ community. Remember, Open Heart, Open Minds, Open Doors. There is no room for discrimination of other of God’s children in Christianity.

      • So grateful for your comments. Our church is struggling with the adaptation of this plan so I came here to read the implications of the decision. I am new to the UMC since August, and fear my boyfriend (a lifelong UMC member) and I may need to seek another denomination now.

        We are trying a different church today, in fact. To see if we can find a new church home that resonates with our spirit. As we pray for direction for ourselves, we will pray for direction for your churches as well.

  20. shelba sisler says

    So sad and so tired of fighting this battle. It would be easier just to quit for the battle will continue. It seems that the Traditional Plan offers a fair and just answer for both sides. But the pro homosexual group will not accept that plan because they know they cannot exist without the rest of the church. Unfortunately if the One Church Plan does pass it will bring about the division of the church.

  21. Pastor in the Philippines says

    The Church will divide if One Church Plan wins. can we be in a covenant without unity? Being a Homosexual is not a sin, they are welcome in the Church, But accepting their sins are different matters. thus, homosexual practices are sin. we do not judge them, but understand and minister with them. please consider Traditional Plan.

  22. I cannot see God bestowing a blessing on homosexual marriage and therefore I cannot see how the true church can mock our sovereign Lord and Saviour and continue to stand. It will fall and those believers who stand and hold to the Word as it is written in the Holy Bible will be persecuted. The persecution, in fact, has already started.

    The God of the OT is the God of the NT. He is steadfast and He does not change. He cannot be bent or molded to our liking. We are called to conform, we are taught how through His word, the Holy Bible. Sexual immorality is clearly defined from Genesis through Revelation. The consequences of its practice is played out through the history of the Bible.

    If we as a body of believers who call ourselves Christian undermine and refute the teachings of the Bible on this subject, there will be no end to all the petitions that will question what is moral and what is immoral as God has specifically made clear.

    Christ often referenced OT scripture, “as it is written” to answer what the Pharisees thought were their trickiest questions. Let us not be the Pharisee and think we can outwit God.

    The Holy Bible is the God inspired word which we as believers are to hold as sacred. God is without error. When we continue to call into question the validity and purpose of His word, we are essentially saying we are smarter than God. Is this not mockery? Does mocking the word of God not reduce the Bible to a best selling novel of fiction based on real life events? The Bible cannot be both wrong and right or true or false or a maybe or maybe not.

    It has grieved me to the core of my soul that the Christian church has come to this pass – to call into question what has been for more than two thousand years sacred and holy. We tear apart the very words of God letter by letter. It matters not, Greek or Hebrew, sexual immorality is not a negotiable ideal, it is forbidden and those who practiced it without repentance paid with their lives as it is clearly related in the OT. It will bare the same result now and forever. Shall we lead God’s sheep to the slaughter and still call ourselves loving human beings? Shall we confuse and confound those seeking the truth only to leave them in the darkness? Surely we cannot be the light for them if we dim our own minds to God’s truth. Whoa to us who lead one of His lambs astray.

    How can we say we will love the sinner by leading them into more sin? False teaching is by far the greater sin and we who make up the church will be judged. (Revelations)

    • Wilson Horick says

      Eleanor, do you believe that “unrepentant” homosexuals should pay with their lives, as Leviticus commands. The wording of your post suggests that you do. Is that correct?

      As to what Jesus said to the pharisees, he was just as likely to cite scripture disapprovingly as he was to enlist it as an argument for his own teaching. For example, he pointed out in the Sermon on the Mount that it was written (in scripture) that an eye should be taken for an eye — and then proceeds to contradict what had been written. As Ellsworth Kalas used to explain well in a video used in Disciple Bible Study, the pharisees preached conformity to what was written in an effort to keep people on the straight and narrow path; Jesus kept going around and behind the pharisees’ program to get at the real meaning and intent of the law rather than just the literal words that had been written.

      I wish more well-intentioned Traditionalists could look at scripture through Jesus’ bifocals rather than the single lens of the pharisees.

  23. David Bloss says

    This is a suicide pact. When two thirds of the American people support same sex marriage, a figure which increases annually and is especially supported by young people, the traditional plan is a one way ticket to irrelevance. And it assumes that Christ urged us to go forth and cause pain to people who do not deserve it. All the GC needs now is a cliff to walk over.

  24. Richard Frei says

    I would be more impressed with the hypocritical Traditional Plan if they took it one step farther and banned clergy who are divorced or remarried. Aparently some parts of the Bible require fidelity. Others, no so much.

  25. I have read and reread all of this in an honest God lead intent to understand both sides. I am not clergy, just a Methodist from the day I was born. The first question that jumped out to me was why is the issue of LGBTQI the only one of God’s laws called into question? Why are the no debates to address clergy committing adualtry? Or lust? Or coveting? Do all clergy and leaders of the church own nothing as they have given all they own back to God?
    The second thing that I noticed is that the TP would allow those of the LGBTQI to continue to attend the church. In other words, the church will continue to collect their tithes and would allow them to be active in the churches ministries. All in the name of “love” . Whose love? The churches? Or God’s?
    The third thing in question for me is the whole departing from the Methodist church thing. It sounded to me a lot like sandbox dialog. It sounded like young children saying if you don’t play the game our way you can take your toys and go elsewhere. How is that uniting the UMC? How do we respond to those who question our open hearts, open minds, rhetoric? I also noticed it served to protect the things and money of the UMC.
    Lastly, please please please show me in scripture where it is written that those not of the LGBTQI have been given the authority to judge or even discuss another sexual orientation . Isn’t that God’s responsibility as each of us stand before him on our judgment day?
    I only ask these questions to understand. Not to offend or to say that any plan is more correct or right than another.
    What saddens and scares me the most is that in this time of such devicivness in our country and countries around the world is that has seeped into our churches. The one place where I always felt safe and loved. Now even the church is devided. The one thing I am sure of and have no questions about is God is crying for the actions of His people.

  26. George Johnson says

    The Church can’t change or ignore the Bible as society changes. We have always had homosexuals but current society seems to be embracing and accepting them. There is some evidence that some people are born homosexual but this did not just start happening recently but was around thousands of years ago and when the Bible was first written. It is not just LGBTQI but other things that have or are changing in society. Some examples might be divorce, remarriage, sex outside of marriage, wealth accumulation while people are poor/starving around the world, watching too much TV or anything you put ahead of God, and overeating/gluttony. The church cannot conform to society against biblical principles just to have members in order to survive. This seems to have happened to some extent with divorce in America, remarriage in America, sex outside of marriage and wealth accumulation in America. The church’s are not adequately resisting and fighting these societal changes. In the times of Noah, there was only Noah and maybe his family that were still righteous and holy. Everyone else was evidently caught up in sin enough for God to destroy them. We don’t want to go down that path. Yes Jesus cleanses us of our sins but that does not mean you can just go on sinning or adding more sins as society changes. Society is the world which God warned us against.

  27. As a student that is studying this topic, I am thankful for your full description of the traditional view. I feel like this view is not fully getting at what it wants to get at. Jesus told us to love our neighbor as ourselves, and when it comes to the traditional view, we are not loving our neighbor. We are giving them a choice to curve to what we want them to be or leave and not be apart of the community. Having LGBTQ family and friends, I find that having a church that supports them where they can go and feel loved is what they need the most. I have been a apart of the UMC community for my whole life, and I want to become an Ordained Pastor. After all of this, I question why I should if my opinions don’t matter to a church body that does not want to hear them. We are all apart of the Christian tree; if you are hating and pushing away your neighbor, then are you a Christian?

  28. John Sunderson says

    As of this defining / re-defining that the Methodist church is no longer an assembly of all believers, I am no longer a member. The church has in essence left me. You can phrase it any way you like but the bottom line is that it is now a group of people which excludes those who do not conform to a rigid arbitrary idea of what constitutes a believer. Their god is just to small to match my belief of what God is.

  29. Mickel Graham says

    I remember that Jesus was not a “Traditional person”. So why would we follow/ want to be a Traditional UMC. UMC have been known for their acceptance of all, that is why we have the word United as the lead to our church name. I pray for all of you that pass judgement on others that don’t walk, talk or dress like you. The man on the cross was not a “Traditional person”- have we forgotten! Why if I can accept you – can you not accept me?


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