Last Friday, the United Methodist Church (UMC) announced that it will be formally splitting over ongoing schisms regarding the question of homosexuality.
This split will form a new denomination for Methodists who adhere to a Biblical understanding of sex and marriage.
The church has been split over the issues of same-sex “marriage” and homosexual clergy recently.
Back in February, its General Conference voted against compromising its opposition. However, the tensions have not gone away. Last Friday, the church revealed the formation of a new “traditional Methodist” denomination for more conservative Methodists, according to a New York Times report.
The Washington Post also noted that the agreement kept the church’s leftist faction from receiving sanctions that were supposed to go into effect, which included suspension and/or expulsion for clergy who conducted same-sex “weddings.” Local churches will be members of the UMC by default and would have to carry out votes in order to identify as “traditional Methodist.”
In May, the conference will approve this plan. A 16-person committee of bishops and other officials devised this plan and believed that the separation would be the “best means to resolve our differences, allowing each part of the Church to remain true to its theological understanding.”
“The solution that we received is a welcome relief to the conflict we have been experiencing,” said pro-LGBT Rev. Thomas Berlin about this latest news. “I am very encouraged that the United Methodist Church found a way to offer a resolution to a long conflict.”
Individuals who hold Biblical stances on LGBT issues were not enthusiastic about this latest move by the United Methodist Church.
“My initial reaction is that [it] should be the other way around: Let the heretics split off since they are the ones denying Jesus and the historic witness not only of the church in general but of Wesley and the denomination in particular,” theologian Robert Gagnon stated. “It is their view that is a cancer on the church. Let the faithful occupy the default position.”
“This appears to be a win for the heretics; not a rout but a win nonetheless,” Gagnon added. “It seems like the faithful had the heretics on the rope with greater sanctions on unfaithful pastors performing a faux ‘gay marriage’ and then they compromised with the heretics to give the latter a better deal. On the other hand, it may be the best deal that the faithful can get.”
Churches are some of the last bastions of sanity in today’s world of growing political correctness. For that reason, the Left has targeted them in their social justice crusades.
Although the UMC is within their rights to split in a way that it sees fit, it is concerning that traditional values are starting to be disrespected in churches throughout America.
U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel
Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.
The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”
U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.
Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.
According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.
The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.
In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.
This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,
That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.
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