By Donald Bradley, The Kansas City Star.
On a cold Sunday in January, Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation.
She did so with hope that change regarding the denomination’s stance on homosexuality was coming. But eight months later, that hope, for now at least, is gone. And after the end of August, Meyer will be gone as well.
To avoid a church trial, Meyer and Methodist officials agreed that she would give up her duties and go on involuntary leave. Her final sermon in Edgerton in Johnson County will be Aug. 28.
On Wednesday (8/17/16), she said she was glad to avoid a trial, which could have resulted in her losing her credentials to ever pastor again. Meanwhile, she plans to work in lay ministry or for a nonprofit as she continues to hope for a policy change in the denomination’s Book of Discipline so she can return to the pulpit.
The Holy Bible does not sanction Homosexuality, and the best course of action is to leave and find another line of work.
Why do gay folks feel compelled to publically state their sexual preference? Why do they insist on making certain aspects of their private life, which are none of my business, my business?
We are all sinners but Paul tells us that sexual sins are among the worst sins because we commit them within our bodies which are the temples of the Holy Spirit. God’s moral laws have never changed and can never change because they are the very fabric of who God is. We are to be set apart. When we begin to act and think worldly and conform to the worldly view of things we are no longer set apart. We are to live in the world but never conform to it. The church of today has too much world in it and therefore there is not enough church in the world.