Women and Homosexuality
I’m not surprised that the United Methodist Church is currently debating within itself Scripture’s modern-day stance on homosexuality. The UMC long ago chose to ignore God’s repeated command that women were to be silent when the whole church was congregated (1 Cor. 14:34, 1 Tim. 2:11) and that they were not to teach or have authority over men (1 Tim. 2:12). When the church chucks one “cultural faux pas” from the Bible, what is to stop the elimination of every other command that does not jive with the world and its culture? God’s reasoning for excluding women from positions of authority is that Adam was formed first and that Eve, not Adam, was the one deceived. This reason will not change. God abhors homosexuality and his sentiments will not change on that issue either. Allowing women to preach officially was culturally expedient for the UMC and condoning homosexual behavior would be as well. I’m waiting for the UMC to explain why some parts of Scripture hold more clout than others. Either Scripture has authority today or it does not.
My letter to World Magazine's editors in response to “4 More Years” in World’s May 22, 2004 edition.