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Seven UMCs in state listed as those affirming WCA statements

Seven UMCs in state listed as those affirming WCA statements

At least seven United Methodist churches in South Carolina are included on a list recently released by the Wesleyan Covenant Association of congregations that affirm the group’s statements on biblical authority, faith and moral principles.

The WCA is an unofficial caucus of the UMC that connects Spirit-filled, orthodox churches, clergy, and laity who hold to Wesleyan theology.

The churches include Covenant UMC, Greer; Grace Community UMC, Fort Mill; Lowell Street UMC, Greenwood; Mount Horeb UMC, Lexington; Pinopolis UMC, Pinopolis; Pond Branch UMC, Gilbert; and Zoar UMC, Greer.

Their list is updated frequently, so visit https://wesleyancovenant.org/recommended-churches/ for the most current list.

The churches listed are not necessarily members of the WCA but have chosen to affirm their commitment to the WCA’s statements, which are as follows:

Statement on Biblical Authority

Given the current challenges directed to the unique place of the Bible in the church, we affirm that the core of the Christian faith is revealed in Scripture as “the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 3; NRSV). We look to the Bible therefore as our authority and trustworthy guide, which “is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16; NRSV). Illuminated by tradition, reason and experience, the revelation of Scripture is the church’s primary and final authority on all matters of faith and practice.

Statement of Faith

We affirm classical Wesleyan doctrine and the historic faith, which the church has used to define the parameters of Christian teaching. Doctrine, properly understood, unifies the church and gives direction to its life. All congregational, clergy, and lay members of the WCA affirm the following doctrinal standards:

Statement of Moral Principles

Given our current time and context, we highlight and affirm the following moral principles, acknowledging that other moral principles merit our further attention.

Gender Equality: Scripture teaches that men and women are of equal value in the eyes of God. Accordingly, the church should treat women and men equally.  We believe that both women and men are called to and gifted for ordained and licensed ministry, and both genders are able to hold any role of leadership within the WCA.

Equality: We believe that all persons are of sacred worth. Therefore, we gladly welcome all who seek to grow in their relationship with God to attend worship services and participate in the church’s ministries. No person shall be disqualified from becoming a member of a local congregation, holding a leadership position in the church or becoming an ordained or licensed clergy based on race, color, nationality, national origin, marital status or economic condition. The WCA specifically renounces all racial and ethnic discrimination and commits itself to work toward full racial and ethnic equality in the church and in society.

Marriage and Sexuality: We believe marriage and sexual intimacy are good gifts from God. In keeping with Christian teaching through the ages and throughout the church universal, we believe that marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union. We believe that God intends faithfulness in marriage and celibacy in singleness.

Human Dignity: We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual or group are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture nor the doctrines of the WCA.

For more on the WCA, visit https://wesleyancovenant.org/.

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  • Regarding the article, “Seven UMCs in state listed as those affirming WCA statements,” thank God for these seven brave South Carolina congregations that recognize the traditional and scriptural truth of the Bible and accordingly affirm the WCA statements on biblical authority, faith and moral principles.
    However, moving in the opposite direction, it’s evident that our current UMC leadership is trying to represent a warped and obtuse view of a ‘new age’ Christianity by embracing, cultivating, and giving biblical credence to LGBTQAI+ issues. These UMC leaders openly lobby for agreement and consent to the so-called sexual revolution and therefore misfires miserably in their guidance to UMC members on what the Bible has meant to the church for hundreds of years.
    Because of this division within the UMC, traditionalists have been much maligned and labeled as unloving and hateful by our own church members. There are additional derogatory labels that may yet be forthcoming in response to this letter. But traditionalists need to stand firm in our beliefs and become more vocal than we historically have been. We need to stand firmer than the LGBTQAI+ advocates have been in their stance, and, when necessary, make our voices heard above theirs.
    Additionally, the WCA should NOT give up our beliefs and prepare to split from the UMC. The WCA needs to be among the voices that will encourage our congregation to stay the current course, not surrender to the LGBTQAI++ movement, and propose that the believers of such radical non-biblical notions should be the ones to separate from the UMC and start a new denomination made in their own distorted worldly image.

    • Amen

  • Randy Langston is correct do not agree with the liberal UMC policy’s we should refer to the Bible and the scriptures and do God’s will

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