"The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
The Rev. Bill McElvaney, 85, announced his suspension in a statement to Northaven United Methodist Church, where he is a pastor emeritus. McElvaney is a graduate of and former professor at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.
When he announced in January that he would preside over a same-sex marriage, he boldly said “love over law” mattered most. McElvaney said he was suspended March 7 for up to 90 days after a complaint was filed by the Rev. Camille Gaston. here
“Love over law”? That’s as stupid as Jeb Bush’s comment that illegal aliens willfully breaking our laws, is a form of “love”. Love isn’t breaking the law. Not according to the Bible.
“Romans 13: 1 -2 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities; for there is no authority except from God, and those authorities that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists authority resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. “
But these actions aren’t unexpected, as more so called Christians, churches and ministers, disregard the Word of God in favor of trumped up, phoney ‘love’ and compassion agenda. And I wonder, have these people read the Bible? Have they sought their personal guidance and understanding from the Holy Spirit? Did they spend time in a theological seminary studying the original languages? Apparently not.
Leviticus 18:22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
Romans 1:26-28 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
1 Timothy 1:10 The sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,
Absolutely none of these scriptures, and there a more, indicate that homosexuality activity is “love”. It is clearly sin in the eyes of God, meaning as adultery, lying and other sins, we should not embrace and accept them as normal or “love.
We have many wayward ministers, priest and the like, who adore finery and speak glowing words of pseudo love and endorse all that is contrary to the Bible. Many become famous and extremely wealthy, as they parade themselves across elaborate stages and packed auditoriums, filled with thousands of lost and misinformed souls, that they continue to lead astray.
Oh my, how hateful I must sound. . . how I must offend so many. Good. The Word is offensive to the lost. It’s also offensive to ill-informed believers who don’t check the Word to get to the truth, and not gobble up what a feel good preacher touts. And to be clear, Christ was “offensive”. He so offended the preachers of the time, that that he was brutally killed Him. Most people didn’t want to hear what He had to say either.
To those who find this offensive I have no apology. The Truth is, can be or will be offensive because it’s something people don’t want to hear. They choose to hear what “tickles their ears” and is comfortable. The reason many in churches throughout the world create a deity of their own making and call it “Christianity” when it is not.
Genesis 2:22-24 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman, ‘ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.
Christianity has specific, well defined boundaries of what it is, what it isn’t, just as it does the God behind it’s being. God created the institution of marriage and as Genesis 2 states, it is between a man and woman. It isn’t for some wayward people to decide women can marry women and men can marry men. Marriage has a definition, which has been accepted for thousands of years. Woe to anyone who tries to change what God has created.