Here are the comments of another new Bishop on doctrinal issues in the UMC.
Like other mainline Protestant denominations, United Methodists have grappled with issues surrounding homosexuality. At their general conference last spring, in Pittsburgh, they reaffirmed their doctrine against ordaining “self-avowed, practicing homosexuals,” and against same-sex marriage.
Asked if he agreed with those decisions, Devahdar, who as a delegate cast secret ballots, would not say.
“I will not say whether I support the blessings of same-sex unions or the ordaining of gays and lesbians,” he said. “My duty is to be loyal and guard the doctrine of the church … As a United Methodist bishop, I am committed to be faithful to the discipline of the church.”
I think when he says something like, “My opinions are irrelevant” he is on the right track. I’m not a bishop, but my opinions are also irrelevant to the issue of UM doctrine. I submit.
I think the bishop’s comments are quite telling. He has proved to be an uncaring and detached leader who doesn’t have the intestinal fortitude to stand up for what’s right. He has actually driven people out of the church.
Dear, Rt. Rev. Devadhar, I would like to contact you via email regarding reaching out to our Hindu brothers and Sisters living in America as American pastors’ approach is to ignore it and they have no understanding of how a Hindu thinks. They keep trying the century old and minimally successful approach for spreading the Gospel to us Indians resulting in the current chaos for the Christian Brothers and sisters across India. I sincerely want to work with some one, who would like to try a different approach, especially to reach the somewhat literate masses in India or the young educated 2nd generation Hindu immigrants. I hope to hear back from you.
Prosanto K. Mukerji, Ph.D.
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