Personal and Ideological Inroads to full LGBT Inclusion in the United Methodist Church now that General Conference 2016 is here

I especially like the comparison of Jesus with Josephus.

I support the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the United Methodist Church. I got to this place through the progression of both my understanding and my faith. My understanding of LGBT inclusion has come from several realizations both ideological and personal.

My Ideological Inroads to LGBT Inclusion

Scripture is not the ultimate authority

I love the Bible, so much so that I take it at its word. And the Bible does not call itself the ultimate authority on all matters. The Bible points to Jesus, and both Jesus and the Bible defer to truth.

Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

Get that? Freedom comes from truth gained from believing Jesus. This matters because the Bible gets some things wrong.

I harbor no resentments for the…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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