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STATEMENT ON
EUTHANASIA
 

We affirm our belief that men and women are created in the image of God, that life is a God-given gift and that any abuse of that gift is a contravention of God's law.  We applaud the work of the hospice movement in caring for and providing relief of suffering for the terminally ill and condemn efforts to introduce euthanasia, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, as an attempt to legislate against Christian morality and against the interests of both medical staff and the patients themselves. 

STATEMENT ON
FREEMASONRY

That Freemasonry is incompatible with Christianity and therefore with Independent Methodist Principles.

STATEMENT ON
HOMOSEXUALITY


As a public declaration of our stance on the issue of homosexuality we uphold the Evangelical Alliance Affirmations and Recommendations* as contained in the booklet ‘Faith, Hope and Homosexuality’. For purposes of internal understanding we have extracted and recast those statements that are directly relevant to our denomination together with an explanation of terms.

1    We recognise that all of us are sinners, and that the only true hope for sinful people - whether homosexual or heterosexual is in Jesus Christ

2    We affirm that monogamous heterosexual marriage is the form of partnership uniquely intended by God for full sexual relations between people.

3    We affirm God’s love and concern for all humanity, including homosexual people, but believe homoerotic sexual practice to be incompatible with His will as revealed in Scripture.

4    We repudiate homophobia insofar as it denotes an irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals. We do not accept, however, that to reject homoerotic sexual practice on biblical grounds is in itself homophobic

5    We commend and encourage those homosexual Christian people who have committed themselves to chastity and celibacy. We believe that such people should be eligible for any office within the church.

6    We call upon our congregations to welcome and accept sexually active homosexual people, but to do so in the expectation that they will come in due course to see the need to change their lifestyle in accordance with biblical revelation and orthodox church teaching. We urge gentleness and patience in this process, and ongoing care even after a homosexual person renounces same-sex sexual relations.

7. We believe habitual homoerotic sexual activity without repentance to be inconsistent with faithful church membership. Where someone is publicly promoting homoerotic sexual practice within a congregation, there is a case for more stringent disciplinary action.


Evangelical Alliance: Affirmations and Recommendations

1    We recognise that all of us are sinners, and that the only true hope for sinful people - whether homosexual or heterosexual is in Jesus Christ. Our earnest prayer is that His love, truth and grace would characterise evangelical responses to debates on homosexuality, both now and in future.

2    We affirm that monogamous heterosexual marriage is the form of partnership uniquely intended by God for full sexual relations between people.

3    We affirm God’s love and concern for all humanity, including homosexual people, but believe homoerotic sexual practice to be incompatible with His will as revealed in Scripture.

4    We repudiate homophobia insofar as it denotes an irrational fear or hatred of homosexuals. We do not accept, however, that to reject homoerotic sexual practice on biblical grounds is in itself homophobic

5    We deeply regret the hurt caused to lesbians and gay men by the Church’s past and present hatred and rejection of them.

6    We oppose moves within certain churches to accept and/or endorse sexually active homosexual partnerships as a legitimate form of Christian relationship. We stand prayerfully with those in such churches who are seeking to resist these moves on biblical grounds.

7    We oppose moves within certain churches towards permitting the ordination of sexually active lesbians and gay men to ministry. We stand prayerfully with those in such denominations who are seeking to resist these moves on biblical grounds.

8    We commend and encourage those homosexual Christian people who have committed themselves to chastity and celibacy. We believe that such people should be eligible for ordination and leadership within the church. Where they are members of denominations which are considering an endorsement of sexually active homosexual partnerships, we are concerned that they may feel seriously undermined.

9    We call upon evangelical congregations to welcome and accept sexually active homosexual people, but to do so in the expectation that they will come in due course to see the need to change their lifestyle in accordance with biblical revelation and orthodox church teaching. We urge gentleness and patience in this process, and ongoing care even after a homosexual person renounces same-sex sexual relations.

10  We commend the work of those organisations which seek to help homosexual Christians live a celibate life, and also commend those groups which responsibly assist homosexuals who wish to reorient to a heterosexual lifestyle.

11  We believe habitual homoerotic sexual activity without repentance to be inconsistent with faithful church membership. Where someone is publicly promoting homoerotic sexual practice within a congregation, there may be a case for more stringent disciplinary action.

12  We would resist church services of blessing for gay partnerships as unbiblical.

STATEMENT ON
SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS

We affirm our belief that same-sex partnerships involving homoerotic sexual practices are contrary to orthodox Biblical teaching and traditional church practice.

STATEMENT ON
BLESSING OF SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS

We recommend that those ministering in Independent Methodist Churches do not offer any form of blessing to a ‘same-sex partnership’.

STATEMENT ON
CLONING

· We believe that human life begins at conception and that each procreated person is made uniquely in God's image with genetic inheritance from both parents.

· We believe that cloning would promote asexual reproduction using a single cell devoid of the coming together of a man and a woman to create new life.

· We believe in the intrinsic worth and dignity of each individual and this would be disrupted if cloning occurred whereby the characteristics of people were deliberately selected and chosen.

· We support the European Parliament's declaration that it "solemnly reaffirms that the life and dignity of all human beings, whatever their stage of development and state of health must be respected and is opposed to any form of research or use of life sciences and biotechnology that runs counter to this fundamental principle."

 


Events

Friday 21 Apr 17 6:00 pm
Admin Group Meeting (prov)
Venue: The Resource Centre

Friday 12 May 17 6:00 pm
Admin Group Meeting
Venue: The Resource Centre

Saturday 20 May 17 11:00 am
Connexional Committee Meeting
Venue: Friars Green church Warrington

Friday 9 Jun 17 6:00 pm
Admin Group Meeting
Venue: The Resource Centre

Friday 14 Jul 17 6:00 pm
Admin Group Meeting
Venue: The Resource Centre

Saturday 29 Jul 17
Connexional Annual Meeting
Venue: The Hayes Swanwick

Sunday 30 Jul 17
Connexional Annual Meeting
Venue: The Hayes Swanwick

Friday 11 Aug 17 6:00 pm
Admin Group Meeting
Venue: The Resource Centre





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