Liberal Methodist caucus rips IRD for call to follow biblical sexuality

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Homosexual dude Methodist weddingA caucus within the United Methodist Church (UMC) was called out recently for condemning a Christian ministry that urged the mainline denomination to take a stand for biblical sexuality instead of promoting the far-left's pro-LGBTQ agenda.

Last week, Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD) president Mark Tooley pointed out that a pro-homosexual faction within the UMC attacked his ministry for defending God's teaching on sexual morality.

Tooley, Mark (IRD)"This morning a liberal Methodist caucus emailed their year-end fundraiser by highlighting the threat from IRD – they even attached the full text of my own fundraiser from November!" Tooley wrote in his ministry email last Tuesday. "They call IRD 'reactionary' and 'harmful.' Well, their message speaks for itself."

Church attacks ministry for defending the Bible?

Tooley pulled the main quote from his ministry to which the liberal UMC caucus objected.

"IRD stands up for the truth of historic Christian teachings based on the Bible," the IRD quote condemned by Mainstream UMC reads. "We believe churches should proclaim the Gospel – not a far-left political agenda replacing the Kingdom of God with Big Government or the Sexual Revolution or anything else."

Mainstream UMC executive director Rev. Mark Holland emailed church members, calling IRD "the most far-right, far-out-there group in the Church," telling them that IRD is harmful to society for promoting biblical sexuality and supporting his denomination's "harmful" Traditional Plan that took effect New Year's Day.

"Clearly the most strident of the anti-gay coalition, Mr. Tooley claims among other things that 'IRD is the only group in America devoted exclusively to Church reform and accountability,'" Holland wrote in a Mainstream UMC email last Monday. "He is 'honored' at being labeled 'dangerous.' Indeed, they are the Breitbart News of the Church.'"

Holland was referring to the following statement Tooley made in November about churches dropping their Bibles as their source for doctrine and picking up the progressive playbook for their new teaching philosophy:

"I'm honored we are seen as 'dangerous' and 'exceptionally skilled' by activists who think the churches should be a liberal playground for their political activism."

But Holland urged Methodists to rally behind the LGBTQ community and activists to forward the homosexual agenda.

"Mainstream UMC [must] counter the IRD's reactionary, harmful rhetoric and actions, [as] we are committed to ending the harm to LGBTQ persons and their allies," Holland declared. "We are committed to balancing the narrative in the church, [and] together we can change to a regional structure in our church that allows the U.S. and Western Europe to move faithfully forward."

Tooley shot back at Holland, unapologetically asserting that churches should be in the business of championing God's Word – not opposing it while promoting progressives' social gospel.

"We contend for churches behaving not as lobbyists for trendy causes, but as churches proclaiming the Gospel, which America and every society so desperately need," the conservative evangelical leader impressed. "Some think it's 'reactionary' to uphold ancient truths, but it's captivity to trendy causes – not fidelity to Christian orthodoxy – which kills churches."

Tooley contended late last year that liberal teachings such as those coming out of the Episcopal and Lutheran churches used to be the only denominational doctrines that embraced LGBTQ activism and other progressive causes, but he warned that such philosophies have crept into churches that have typically held traditional biblical views.

"So much has changed over the past quarter century, but the liberalism that once was mostly confined to mainline Protestantism has now metastasized throughout American Christianity – including into many evangelical churches," Tooley pointed out in November.

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