For my fellow United Methodists, I don’t have to tell you we are nothing but The Denominational version of the Titanic. If you are a United Methodist and don’t know what I’m talking about, “SHAME ON YOU! GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND!” Why? Because this problem isn’t going away. And we cannot remain true to our Wesleyan heritage as long as This Problem exists. They (meaning Progressives, or as I prefer to call them, ‘ProAgressives’) want–nay DESIRE–nay again–they are DETERMINED to throw out the Bible and our Orthodox faith like yesterday’s trash. They “know” more than what The Bible clearly says–and for more than the Saints who sought and fought to preserve the Orthodox Faith. In case you may not be familiar with the word Orthodox (because it is a big word like mahogany), perhaps these synonyms will help you understand it better.

from http://www.thesaurus.com

Three of them in particular fit the bill to understand what I mean by the Orthodox Faith: authoritative, buttoned down, and by the numbers! But. . . there are those in this Tribe I have been a part of for over 66 years who are convinced (or should I say deceived) that the tried and proven truth about sexual ethic of the Bible is. . .well. . .just plain wrong. Jesus was all about the love, they claim. And they claim that only 2 genders, male and female, are way too restrictive for people to really be who they are. So, they’ve added 72 additional gender designations. Forget the science, forget the biology, and forget Genesis chapter 2. And forget how our stance on sexuality has been unchanged since 1972. It states that all people stand equally in need of God’s grace. However, the practice of homosexuality is incompatable with Christian teachings–i.e.–the orthodox faith. Homosexuality is not any worse than any other sin–but it is outside God’s design and thus it is a sin–along with that long litany of stuff that puts all of us outside of God’s Desgin.

And now to this past week–and it shows how far my beloved Tribe has wandered. According to our approved procedures and rules, no self avowed practicing homosexual can be licensed, commissioned, nor ordained. To assure fidelity to the Bible and our procedures, we have this group called The Board Of Ordained Ministry. Some call it the BOOM or BOM for short. In the most recent session of the Florida Annual Conference, their BOOM recommended 16 candidates to be commissioned on the path to full ordination. Of the 16, two admitted that they were self-avowed practicing homosexuals–clearly in violation of The Bible and our rules. However, the Florida BOOM approved them. But they still needed 3/4 of the ordained clergy to give final approval. And the stuff hit the fire.

What Bishop Ken Carter and the Florida BOOM did was to put all 16 candidates in a single vote. As a group, vote up or down. Now, in fairness, I do not know that the other 14 candidates met the requirements. However, we do know that 2 did not! And the resulting firestorm has been aimed at the 27.3% who voted against the 16 because Bishop Carter would not allow them to vote on the candidates one by one. 27.3% voted according to their ordination vows and the Bible, and now they are the villians. So, the 27.3% who acted in the same spirit as Joshua and Caleb (see the story of the 10 spies) are treated with great disdain and anger.

And a fellow blogger joins in the disdain and anger, Rev. Jim Harnish. You can read his blog here. Jim asserts that the orthodox faith is invalid because, well because we are such more enlightened. And during the eventual commissioning and ordaining service, Bishop Ken Carter apologized to that group with these words:

“I grieve the harm you have experienced.
I am committed to the support of your callings …

I would have gladly commissioned each of you, and gladly appointed each of you …

Bishop Ken Carter

So, Bishop Carter would have gladly thrown away both the Bible and our Discipline. Whether that’s what he meant or not, this is exactly what he was saying and doing. And to my fellow Brother Jim I say that simply because you have changed your views about The Bible and our Discipline, a Discipline you promised you would faithfully follow when you were ordained, doesn’t mean you are right. I am grieved that you would allow culture to define your faith rather than allow God’s Word to Transform the culture. And thus, we see the 21st Century version of the Titanic raising her bow in preparation for sinking. I am not angry–I am sad–and I am disappointed that there are those who will abandon John Wesley’s passion to be people of “homo unius libri.” (a people of One Book!)

To candid, reasonable men, I am not afraid to lay open what have been the inmost thoughts of my heart. I have thought, I am a creature of a day, passing through life as an arrow through the air. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God: just hovering over the great gulf; till, a few moments hence, I am no more seen; I drop into an unchangeable eternity! I want to know one thing the way to heaven; how to land safe on that happy shore. God Himself has condescended to teach the way; for this very end He came from heaven. He hath written it down in a book. O give me that book! At any price, give me the book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be “homo unius libri.”

John Wesley (June 17, 1706-March 2, 1791)

Footnote: Though I am saddened, maligned by others, accused of quitting and giving up–I am still praying and hopeful that this blight and disorder–this cancerous lie–can be put in it’s rightful place. Back to hell where it came from and where it belongs! Furthermore, I am confident that the Wesleyan desire for renewal and revival is not dead on this earth. The signs are everywhere. And if our leadership in the UMC doesn’t have a change of heart–it will happen with another people–NOT in the UMC!



  1. I was in no way trying to say the bible is the problem. My point was geared more towards professing that Jesus Christ should be our “Authoritative standard”.
    We profess a living God who is with us and guides us, and rightfully so, I just wish we’d live like it.
    I see the bible more as a mirror that we may look at ourselves in light of Him who walked as, or those who walked with God.
    The bible declares that God would write His laws in our hearts and on our minds.
    I truly believe this.
    My heart is broken for this world which makes me extremely sad. And yet at the same time, sets me free from the false hope of the world and into the arms Jesus.
    It is hard not to fall into apathy in these times of mass psychosis.
    But we are commanded above all things to Love God and our neighbour above all things. Apathy has no part in that.
    May the person of Jesus Christ continue to shine through you and be with you Randy.
    Please know I mean no disrespect towards the Bible or you Randy. I speak to you as a brother and a friend.
    You’re a good man Randy.
    Hang in there, we live in a garbage world but it’s always been that way.
    The words of Jesus have never rang so true as to how this world is.
    Much peace and love to you and yours.
    Grace upon grace upon grace

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  2. A religion based on a book didn’t work with the Jewish people so God sent His Son to show Himself.
    I will never for the life of me understand why Christians think it will work for them.
    All religions without exception are a construct of man with the exception given to us by James as recorded at James 1:27 in the bible.
    As the other commenters pointed, all religions based on the bible are in most parts wrong. Even Paul knew this for he sums it up at Phillipians 1:18.
    I have a strong dislike of all things concerning the christian industry, but have come to realize the name of Jesus is preached. God willing, it can become a stepping stone for an individual coming to the person of Jesus Christ.
    There is no substitute for the person of Jesus Christ. Religion or a book will never cut it.
    If we go back to the recorded Gospels, Jesus Christ explained all of this.
    It began and ends with Jesus Christ. Everything in between is entertainment.
    Let me be clear that preaching lies in the name of Jesus doesn’t absolve the liar, but Jesus Christ is preached non the less.
    I hope this makes sense cause I can never articulate my thoughts quite rote.

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    1. I appreciate your point–however, The Bible is not the problem. It’s how we’ve been reading it. I always go back to Genesis 2–God’s Original Design. The rest of the Bible is all about humanity’s stubborn rebellion and God seeking to restore His Image in us sinners. Without an Authoratative Standard (not our interpretations), well, we see the mess that’s happening. Blessings to you, my brother!


  3. I understand your feelings. Many churches are strayng from the Bible and trying to put their own slant on the Word of God, which has endured for centuries. That’s what got man into trouble in the first place. He thought he knew better than God.

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