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Accountability on Homosexuality (80039-C2-ΒΆ161.G)

I PETITION GENERAL CONFERENCE  TO RESTORE TRUE WORD AND DEED OF NOT CONDONING HOMOSEXUALITY BY ADDING THE FOLLOWING TO PARAGRAPH, 161 (G), TO THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE:
1.      All United Methodists, clergy and laity, are bound to an honest covenant in both word and deed and that no clergy, active or retired clergy including Bishops, or lay members who consistently try to overturn the wording of the Discipline on homosexuality shall be fit for appointment and for membership in The United Methodist Church.

Rationale

The Discipline of the United Methodist Church for over a quarter of a century has declared the practice of homosexuality as "incompatible with Christian teaching" (Paragraph 161). Homosexuality distorts the meaning of Scripture, grace, law, and regeneration. Gay activists continue to push their exclusivism by striving to abolish those opposing...