As anyone who has read my posts on the Methodist Church in Britain will know, I at times despair about the unwillingness of its Conference to take seriously what is written in Scripture. This week I have been to a couple of Christmas social events organized by my and my wife’s Bible Study Groups.
At one, we had fun, games, good food and great fellowship, where our spouses caught up with the other members of the group and their spouses. At the end of the evening, we all left thinking that it had been a evening well spent building up each other.
At the other, we had a female local preacher, who decided to pontificate on various matters. There is contradiction between Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians and his letter to the Galatians, the Bible is not the final arbiter on matters spiritual or indeed how we ought to live our lives. She went on to point out the she preaches, never wears a hat and certainly is not submissive to her husband, who incidentally was in the room at the time and made no attempt to correct her. No, I’ll be absolutely honest; he did not even look embarrassed.
She would not answer any questions, like “What other parts of the Bible have you decided are not relevant to you?” and appeared not to understand the fact that Jewish dietary laws had been superseded by Peter’s vision at the house of Simon the Tanner recorded in Acts 10 and then reaffirmed by the Second Council of Jerusalem, under the Chairmanship of James, as recorded in Acts 15, “28 For it has seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay on you no greater burden than these requirements: 29 that you abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, and from blood, and from what has been strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you keep yourselves from these, you will do well. Farewell.”
Jehu, at Chariot of Reaction, in his recommendations to the 21st Century Church post included the following words:
“Purge your seminaries of heretics. If you need guys with floppy hats and red robes to do it, using surprise and other tools, so be it. Just get it done.”
See url http://chariotofreaction.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/recommendations-to-21st-century-church.html for all of his recommendations.
Perhaps we in the Methodist Church in Britain need to purge of heretics our lists of Local Preachers, and those who teach and approve the local preachers in every circuit and district. Or is it really a modern synagogue of Satan in which it is a matter of pride to brag that there are parts of Scripture that you know, but choose to disregard.
But, on a more general level, why are people in so many denominations so arrogant as to think they know better than the Ancient Councils of the Church who defined the canon of Scripture and to toss out of consideration anything that does not fit with the spirit of the age. From Anglicans and Presbyterians ordaining homosexually active men and women, to Methodist Local Preachers who do believe that it is permissible to junk parts of Scripture because it is culturally inconvenient, to stories coming out from one of the modern non-denominational churches of abuse of authority, sin seems to be prevalent throughout the Church. Jesus himself was recorded as telling us “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.”