Texas megachurch votes to leave United Methodist Church because of the denomination's debate on same-sex marriage
ยท Aug 12, 2022 ยท NottheBee.com

The Woodlands Methodist Church, a 14,000-member megachurch in Texas, voted to leave the United Methodist Church denomination due to the church's leadership softly promoting the LGBT movement and approving of same-sex "marriage."

From Christian Headlines:

On Sunday afternoon, The Woodlands Methodist Church voted to disaffiliate from the UMC after over 3,000 members cast ballots upon completing the discernment process. According to the church's website, 2,678 members โ€“ or 96.3 percent of voting members โ€“ voted to disaffiliate from the mainline Methodist denomination.

Harper Pearson, Company, PC, of Houston, a Texas-based independent accounting firm, collected, counted and certified the ballots during Sunday's vote.

This church left their denomination because their pastor, leadership, and an overwhelming majority of believers wanted to affirm biblical teachings on sexuality rather than cave to the spirit of the age.

This is evidence of a faithful church.

From the Christian Post:

Senior Pastor Mark Sorensen posted a video on the church's website saying that the vote affirmed that "we are united in one vision and one clear mission."

"We are ready to move on past the division and the differences that have been an ongoing distraction in our denomination for far too long," said Sorensen. "Remember, we are changing to stay the same. With this vote, we are preserving the ministry that we know and love."

Sorensen "offered a blessing" to those who wanted to remain in the UMC, suggesting it is "time to bless one another, even as we go our separate ways."

"In this there is no victory, in this there is no winner or loser," he added. "We are called to pray for and lift up others in whatever ministry God has calling us to now and in the future."

I'm sure, unfortunately, that there are plenty of other gay-affirming Methodist churches nearby that the dissatisfied parishioners can join.

According to the UMC Texas Annual Conference, more than 210 member congregations are considering disaffiliation from the denomination as of late July.

The conference will host a special session on Dec. 3 in Houston that will, among other things, include officially recognizing the departure of churches that have taken the necessary steps toward disaffiliation.

Woodlands is not the only congregation to disaffiliatee from the Texas Conference on Sunday. The 1,300-member Faithbridge of Spring, Texas, approved disaffiliation when all 549 members present for the vote supported leaving.

Praise God for churches willing to go their separate way from wayward denominations.

Stand strong in the truth and the Word of God!

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