Update: Please read this post on the same topic - Methodist Bishops wrong again
God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action
A Pastoral Letter from the Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church.
"Because God’s blessing, care, and promise of renewal extend to all of creation, we can speak today of “environmental holiness” as well."
"As people in the tradition of John Wesley, we understand reconciliation and renewal to be part of the process of salvation that is already underway. We are not hemmed in to a fallen world."
1. We as your bishops pledge to answer God’s call to deepen our spiritual consciousness as just stewards of creation. We commit ourselves to faithful and effective leadership on these issues, in our denomination and in our communities and nations.
2. We pledge to make God’s vision of renewal our goal. With every evaluation and decision, we will ask: Does this contribute to God’s renewal of creation? Ever aware of the difference between what is and what must be, we pledge to practice Wesleyan “holy dissatisfaction.
3. We pledge to practice dialogue with those whose life experience differs dramatically from our own, and we pledge to practice prayerful self-examination. For example, in the Council of Bishops, the fifty active bishops in the United States are committed to listening and learning with the nineteen active bishops in Africa, Asia, and Europe. And the bishops representing the conferences in the United States will prayerfully examine the fact that their nation consumes more than its fair share of the world’s resources, generates the most waste, and produces the most weapons.
4. We pledge ourselves to make common cause with religious leaders and people of goodwill worldwide who share these concerns. We will connect and collaborate with ecumenical and interreligious partners and with community and faith organizations so that we may strengthen our common efforts.
5. We pledge to advocate for justice and peace in the halls of power in our respective nations and international organizations.
6. We pledge to measure the “carbon footprint” of our episcopal and denominational offices, determine how to reduce it, and implement those changes. We will urge our congregations, schools, and settings of ministry to do the same.
7. We pledge to provide, to the best of our ability, the resources needed by our conferences to reduce dramatically our collective exploitation of the planet, peoples, and communities, including technical assistance with buildings and programs: education and training: and young people’s and online networking resources.
8. We pledge to practice hope as we engage and continue supporting the many transforming ministries of our denomination. Every day we will thank God for fruit produced through the work of The United Methodist Church and through each of you.
9. We pledge more effective use of the church and community Web pages to inspire and share what we learn. We celebrate the communications efforts that tell the stories of struggle and transformation within our denomination.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth - Romans 1:16
These bishops are ashamed of the gospel of Christ!
When did alleviating the sufferings of humanity caused by poverty, disease, oppressive work conditions, society's injustices, civil rights abuses, etc.... save one soul?
A "fix the earth" theology is a damnable heresy. When Christ returns He will be looking for those with FAITH, not some small asinine carbon foot print! (Luke 18:10). Utter shame on these bishops.
What matters to God, is that we repent of our sins and believe the gospel, and at the very center is the cross of Christ.
Galatians 1:8- As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!