United Methodist conservatives praised their denomination for upholding a biblical understanding of homosexuality while a liberal group accused those ‘Traditional Plan’ supporters, which included many African delegates, of advancing a “white nationalist strain of Christianity.”
A United Methodist Church pastor at a North Carolina-based megachurch stated that he is “delighted” by the results of the denomination’s special session of General Conference, which upheld the Church’s stance against homosexuality and same-sex marriage.
On Tuesday, delegates at the special session voted 438-384 in favor of adopting the “Traditional Plan” for resolving the UMC’s years-long debate over sexual ethics. This plan involved maintaining the denomination’s official position against homosexuality, gay marriage, and the ordination of noncelibate homosexuals while promising stricter enforcement.
Pastor Talbot Davis of Good Shepherd UMC of Charlotte, which averages about 2,000 worshippers every Sunday, told The Christian Post that he supported the result.
“I am delighted that the Special General Conference of the United Methodist Church adopted the Traditional Plan as we believe in the beautiful picture of celibacy in singleness and faithfulness in heterosexual marriage that is woven throughout the pages of Scripture as well as church teaching for since its inception,” said Davis.
“We gladly join with our global brothers and sisters in teaching this truth with as much love and winsomeness as we can.”
Davis also told CP that he believed the General Conference decision “will not change anything about what we do at Good Shepherd,” adding that the UMC “has been living under the basic framework of the Traditional Plan all along.”
The Rev. Keith Mcilwain, pastor at Slippery Rock United Methodist Church in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, likewise expressed support for the decision.
“While I am sensitive to the pain and disappointment which many of my colleagues and friends are experiencing, I am optimistic about what was accomplished at General Conference,” said Mcilwain to CP in an email interview.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski