Jesus Approves of Shacking-Up? Methodist Resolution Affirms Cohabitation
After representatives of British Methodists voted last week at the General Conference to redefine biblical marriage and allow for same-sex marriage, they also voted to approve of something that is not-marriage at all, while pretending that it is.
Amendment of Standing Orders – Resolution 10/94
“The Methodist Church believes that marriage is a gift of God and that it is God’s intention that a marriage should be is given by God to be a particular channel of God’s grace, and that it is in accord with God’s purposes when a marriage is a lifelong union in body, mind and spirit of one man and one woman two people who freely enter it. Within the Methodist Church this is understood in two ways: that marriage can only be between a man and a woman; that marriage can be between any two people. The Methodist Church affirms both understandings and makes provision in its Standing Orders for them.”
Not only did 85% of British Methodists give full approval to same-sex marriage, but they also voted to approve of cohabitation and sleeping together before marriage, explaining in their resolution:
“The Church recognizes that the love of God is present within the love of human beings who are drawn to each other, and who enter freely into some form of life-enhancing committed relationship with each other, whether that be through informal cohabitation or a more formal commitment entered into publicly.”