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Bishop Holston: Q&A in advance of Judicial Council meeting

Brothers and Sisters,

In advance of next week’s meeting of the Judicial Council of the United Methodist Church, I ask you to join me in praying for the members of the Judicial Council.

I encourage you to become familiar with how the Judicial Council works, what it can and cannot do, and what effect its ruling could have on our church.

The Southeastern Jurisdictional College of Bishops has composed the Q&A linked below. I hope you will find it helpful as you follow the Judicial Council’s actions.

May God’s grace and peace be with us all.

L. Jonathan Holston

Resident Bishop, South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church

Click here to read the Q&A from the College of Bishops.


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  1. Janet

    Who should negate anyone’s call by God to the ministry?
    No one on this earth!

  2. Douglas Gilliland

    The Bible is very clear, especially in Jesus’ teachings that we are to give up sinful ways to be accepted into his kingdom. Examples: The rich young ruler was to sell his possessions, give it to the poor and then come follow Jesus. The woman at the well was told she had 5 husbands and the man she lived with was not her husband. Doesn’t this imply she was change her ways, the tell others what Jesus had taught her?

    I will not be part of a church that openly supports the LBGTQ lifestyle in it’s leadership or otherwise. God does love the sinner but no the sin. This is pure sin!

    Retiring Rev.

  3. Edward Enlow

    The scripture came from the Bible, and you back up your beliefs with?

  4. Darrell McFadden

    Mother Nature. We must Love one another(Family,Friends,Enemies and others) as Jesus Christ Loves us ! Jesus leads the way,while clergy follow and helps gather other believers to follow him home to Heaven. Romans 1:1-32 You must live up(truthful) to your belief in what is righteous as a child of GOD ! United Methodist Church and everyone who reads the scripture is Satan ahead or behind? Will her and her wife accept peacefully the decision of not being elected? Servants must be trustworthy and turn the other cheek when struck. Peace! Will her being elected bring more hidden secrets of clergy, haters of God or continued unity for the Love of God?Men and women should work together freewillingly as servants.

  5. Linda

    I Cor 6:9 It’s about the Kingdom, it is VERY clear.

    1. Terry

      That was Paul’s view.

  6. Edward Enlow

    I believe we should continue to support and love our brothers and sisters in Christ regardless of sexual orientation. This being said we should reach out and help them to understand how their life style is not compatible with Bible teachings. I can not support a LBGTO in any capacity of Clergy, this would not be a positive example for others in our pursuit of Sanctification!

  7. Heyward Mattox

    I certainly cannot judge the behavior of anyone as I am a sinner. I do have an opinion as a United Methodist. I look to the clergy of the church to instruct me on the teachings of Jesus. If you chooses the LGB??? Etc lifestyle how can you instruct me or anyone else to follow the teachings of Jesus. I am sure when Jesus walked the earth he walked among the sexual deviants, drunkards, robbers, thieves, the list goes on and on. He loved everyone even if he did not condone their behavior, he wanted them to follow his path to the father. If you choose an alternative non biblical lifestyle how can you instruct others, with a don’t do as I do, do as I say philosophy. This will be a terrible president by turning a blind eye to what Is written in the Bible just to make a small group of people happy. My recent observations of the UMC is, in order to move up to a more prominent position in the church hierarchy you must move as far left as possible. God Bless the UMC and its members.

  8. Terry

    Homosexuality was around in Jesus’ time and there is NOT ONE comment from Him about it. So is it really important? I think not.

    1. Edward Enlow

      (Matt 19:3-9) “3 Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?” 4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’[a] 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’[b]? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” 7 “Why then,” they asked, “did Moses command that a man give his wife a certificate of divorce and send her away?” 8 Jesus replied, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because your hearts were hard. But it was not this way from the beginning. 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

      This passage makes it clear that ALL sex outside of marriage was sinful. And marriage can only be a man and a woman. Thus, homosexuality is automatically outside the bounds of marriage and thus, sinful in Jesus’ eyes.

      1. Terry

        So when are we going to remove all the divorced clergy? Can’t have it both ways!!

  9. David L Busby

    After clergy have made a commitment to God, what is it they do not understand or want to understand about sinful behavior? God loves LBGTO folks because they are his creation, but it their behavior that is the problem. If I openly continue to practice a sinful lifestyle, do I really serve as an example of Jesus’ hands and feet? As an openly sinful person, do I set an example of how one should live and be a child of God? How can I lead others to pursue a life according to God’s laws if I reject those same rules for my life? As Catholic priests and nuns take a vow of celibacy, surely a Methodist clergyman or clergywoman could do the same.
    I have a friend whose brother was a Catholic priest who resigned his position with the Catholic Church so that he could marry a woman. Surely there are other callings in life for someone committed to the LBGTO lifestyle other than insisting on being an elder or a Bishop in the Methodist church. I guess Methodist will now consider practicing LBGTOs as folks with a minor character flaw which the church must allow to serve as elders or Bishops.
    Have these folks lost their way in trying to be politically correct by making sin into sinless behavior?

    1. LJT

      Amen. More thoughtfully, intelligently spoken than I could have done but state exactly my opinion. Thank you.

  10. Pierson Block

    Her election is okay by me.

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