METHODISTS ELECT 1ST OPENLY GAY BISHOP IN DEFIANCE OF BAN

Source: AP

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (AP) — The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination’s ban on same-sex relationships.

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Days of Lot

“And as it was in the days of NoeStrongs 3575: Noe, no´-eh; of Hebrew origin (H5146); Noe, (i.e. Noach), a patriarch: — Noe., so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. LikewiseStrongs 3668: homoios, hom-oy´-oce; adverb from 3664; similarly: — likewise, so. also as it was in the days of LotStrongs 3091: Lot, lote; of Hebrew origin (H3876); Lot, a patriarch: — Lot.; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thusStrongs 5024: tauta, tow-tah´; neuter plural of 3588 and 846 as adverb; in the same way: — even thus, (manner) like, so. shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealedStrongs 601: apokalupto, ap-ok-al-oop´-to; from 575 and 2572; to take off the cover, i.e. disclose: — reveal..”
Luke 17:26-30

The Falling Away

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling awayStrongs 646: apostasia, ap-os-tas-ee´-ah; feminine of the same as 647; defection from truth (properly, the state) (“apostasy”):—falling away, forsake. first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
2 Thessalonians 2:3

“For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath pervertedStrongs 7725: shuwb, shoob; a primitive root; to turn back (hence, away) transitively or intransitively, literally or figuratively (not necessarily with the idea of return to the starting point); generally to retreat; often adverbial, again:—((break, build, circumcise, dig, do anything, do evil, feed, lay down, lie down, lodge, make, rejoice, send, take, weep)) x again, (cause to) answer (+ again), x in any case (wise), x at all, averse, bring (again, back, home again), call (to mind), carry again (back), cease, x certainly, come again (back), x consider, + continually, convert, deliver (again), + deny, draw back, fetch home again, x fro, get (oneself) (back) again, x give (again), go again (back, home), (go) out, hinder, let, (see) more, x needs, be past, x pay, pervert, pull in again, put (again, up again), recall, recompense, recover, refresh, relieve, render (again), requite, rescue, restore, retrieve, (cause to, make to) return, reverse, reward, + say nay, send back, set again, slide back, still, x surely, take back (off), (cause to, make to) turn (again, self again, away, back, back again, backward, from, off), withdraw. thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.”
Isaiah 47:10


The Rev. Karen Oliveto was elected late Friday night at a meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, of the church’s Western Jurisdiction. Oliveto is pastor of Glide Memorial United Methodist Church in San Francisco. She is the first openly gay bishop in the 12.7 million-member denomination.

The United Methodist Church is deeply divided over LGBT rights. Church law says same-gender relationships are “incompatible with Christian teaching.” But several regional districts are openly defying the prohibition by appointing gay clergy and allowing same-sex weddings in churches. Some instances have led to trials under the church legal system.

Oliveto’s election could draw complaints that will prompt a review under church law.

  1. Etzel, 17 July, 2016

    I’ve seen no mention here about the Prayer offered at the Presbyterian Church USA’s General Assembly a little over a week ago.

    The prayer as recorded: “Allah bless us and bless our families and bless our Lord. Lead us on the straight path – the path of all the prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Peace be upon them all Amen.

    http://www.layman.org/prayers-allah-offered-pcusas-general-assembly-plenary-session/

    The video of the time of first plenary session can be viewed here. The time of remembrance begins at the 6:45 mark and the prayer to Allah starts at the 14:04 mark.

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