Letters to the Editor: Reconciling group deceives self, others



The Reconciling Movement has become so powerful in places that our United Methodist ministers are now afraid to preach against sin. Their careers are in jeopardy from bishops and district superintendents that are “friends of the world” by promoting homosexuality. They will punish those who disagree with them when appointments are made. Some with families feel they must put the family’s welfare first, but before God?


If you want to see where this leads look at the Episcopal group. A practicing homosexual was elected bishop. At the ordination ceremony, the man’s partner was actually on the stage to place the bishop’s hat on the homosexual bishop’s head for the first time. Can you imagine anything any more unholy?


Who has the courage to tell such “ministers” what hypocrites they are by doing this evil? In Matt 24:51 Jesus tells what will happen to those who pretend to be his servants – including weeping and the gnashing of teeth. 


Attaining church membership for homosexuals is the reason the Reconciling group began its attack on the church.  That is their goal. The United Methodist Church has failed to discipline those who proposed this so it needs doing. The hypocrisy of this gives some believers just the “reason” they need to fish or golf on Sunday morning. Many un-believers see the wrong in it, too, and are turned away. It’s time for all of us to stop making excuses that we can’t do any better. I John 3:3 tells us that “no one who abides in him sins.” That means a Christian does not persist in willfully knowingly sinning. With God’s help we can escape the trap of sin. Through prayer, confessing our sins to God, trying to live a new life as Jesus directed us and loving others we can do that.


John Wesley preached against sin in a fashionable London church. He was barely invited back and received a warning. He didn’t think of his career, but preached what he thought was appropriate. After the service he was informed that he would not be invited back.  He did not give in to social pressure because he loved God enough to commit himself to the Lord. Others saw that and wanted to join. True Christians don’t give their approval to immorality or any major sin. They lead the way toward God — away from sin. If the Reconciling group ever does take control of our church, the Christians will have a duty to leave and start over with a church that obeys God.


In Mark 7:7-8 Jesus said “They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men. You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” The Reconciling group scoffs at the 10 Commandments and says God’s Word is no longer relevant today. It says their situation is not even covered in God’s Commandments. This is a very serious deception. It has very serious consequences. They not only deceive themselves, but others, a greater sin. The Reconciling group shattered the unity of the United Methodist Church without a care in the world.


Jesus told us to love one another (do good) and sin no more (avoid evil). He often pointed out major sins in people so they would have the opportunity to change and become acceptable to God. Nationally, our ministers are doing a good job at telling us to do good, but are falling down on telling us not to do bad.  One day it will be like the country song that goes “It’s a little too late to do the right thing now.”


We can take heart that the Reconciling group has garnered fewer votes the last eight years at General Conferences and pray that those bringing the attack might realize who they are attacking, so they can reconcile themselves with God. Let’s all build our devotion to and faith in God right now. One won’t stand without the other. A thought for today — Satan subtracts and divides. God adds and multiplies.

Skipper Anding



In the Dec. 6 issue of the Advocate, you printed editor’s notes following two letters in which you attempted to distance United Methodist institutions from events that occurred at their facilities.  I don’t think we should be so quick to do that. 


Although no Millsaps College funds may have been spent in support of Spong’s appearance there, the publicity that I received prominently indicated that the college was a sponsor of the event.


As to the event at Anderson UMC, the fact that Congregations for Children sponsored the event does not relieve Anderson of the responsibility to ensure that the event did not advocate or even validate non-Christian religions.  While ecumenical social programs are certainly appropriate, that ecumenicity cannot be allowed to muddy the line between Christianity and other religions. We must hold each other in the UMC accountable to uphold our doctrines rather than find excuses for the failure to do so. 

Garry Ruff

Midway UMC

Moss Point


In the Dec. 6, edition of the Advocate, one of your readers “was stunned” that Anderson United Methodist Church included “the Muslim religion” in the Children’s Sabbath program. This person then asks, “When have you heard of the Muslims inviting a Christian to read their Bible?”


Like parts of the Bible, especially the Old Testament, it’s easy to get bogged down trying to digest the Koran, but I urge the reader who asked the above question to read a little book found in most any library titled, The Essential Koran by Thomas O’Clery.


Instead of condemning people to hell who are not Muslim, the Koran embraces all who “believe in God and do well.” It says, “Be they Muslim, Jews, Christians or Serbians, those who believe in God … and do well have their reward with the Lord.”


Every Muslim that follows the Koran invites fellow Muslims, not only to read, but practice the Torah (Jewish scripture) and the Gospel (of Christ). “People of the Book, you have nothing to stand on until you practice the Torah and the Gospel and what has been sent to you from the Lord.”


In my opinion, many Christians could profit by cultivating this spirit, rather than the virulent attitude we so often hear.

 C.E. Swain