Friday, February 3, 2012

What the Loss of the Liturgy Looks Like


Anonymous said...

Deconstruction allows for the introduction of heterodox theology. Non-denominational churches are intentionally vague regarding what they believe. Tough issues such as the traditional Christian belief regarding homosexuality are avoided. When is the last time you saw Joel Osteen take a definitive stand on anything. Consequently, all sorts of heterodox doctrines are tolerated.

Churches that tolerate all kinds of false doctrines eventually transform from being passive and tolerant to rabidly liberal and intolerant. TEC, the UCC, and the ELCA are a few examples of liberal and militant denominations. We see the results of the ELCA here:

Scott: Just curious, but in which group do the Methodists belong. I see that the UMC has altar and pulpit fellowship with the ELCA, but I cannot find a Methodist version of Exposing the ELCA. I am curious, as there are a lot of Methodists living in my area. Thanks.

Scott Diekmann said...

The United Methodist Church may be traveling the path that many of the other protestant denominations have been on. They've ordained women for decades. So far they haven't caved in on the homosexuality issue, but the battle is raging. So I suppose you could say it's a mixed bag, and couldn't necessarily lump all UMC confregations into any one category.

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Methodists, it is a bizarre situation. Officially, the UMC seems to have everything in common with the very liberal pre-2009 ELCA. I can only find random internet articles and blog entries that chronicle the descent of many UMC churches into a Wesleyan version of the post-2009 ELCA.

The issue of homosexuality is the only thing that currently separates the ELCA from the UMC. Sadly, all other heterodoxy is tolerated. Homosexuality is the only issue that has kept Methodists from leaving the UMC in droves. Entire congregations could never leave, as all church property is owned by UMC headquarters.