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Conservative Methodists

Are there any? I've never had a discussion with a conservative Methodist.
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I am a conservative Methodist. But you seem to be right in that we are so few we are nearly invisible. But being a "strict" baptist isn't necessarily a good thing either. Jesus dissed the conservative pharisees and the liberal sadducees.True Christianity is altogether different. I feel free to go to bars to witness if He should ever call me to (although that is not something I'd ordinarily feel free to do), and to dance for joy, and the gift of tongues is still real (but not the charismaticky notion of tongues). We should seek to be altogether different. Strict is not necessarily good. Self-controlled is good if done according to the Scriptures and not according to churchy expectations. I must control myself and obey even when i wouldn't ordinarily do something or when I know the churchy crowd won't get it. Conservative, middle of the road, and liberal are not necessarily good or right. All three are often very wrong - often at the same time. We should be good and right.
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Define "conservative"?

Depending on whether you mean political party, social issues, economic polity, theology, or just conforming to past religious traditions I stand at many different places on the conservative-liberal spectrum which I don't even consider a continuim to begin with.
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GraceSeeker makes a good point. I'm very socially conservative, but I don't always agree with the conservative politics or with liberal politcs. That's what I say: Christianity is something altogether different.
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I tend to be rather confused as to what is to be a theologically conservative Christian. I believe the authority of the bible and believe it to be divine inspired. However I believe scripture must be clearly understood through its genre of writing and its historical context. I also believe there are some theological issues where it is perfectly fine to admit you do not know and will require further study. I try with great diligence to understand scripture based on its original intent and I seek guidance on the understanding of scripture by well respected theologians. I tend to call myself a traditional christian because I believe in preserving the historical traditions of Christianity and Methodism while also holding traditional orthodox theology guided by the teachings of Wesley and other Methodist preachers.
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Add me to the list of conservative Methodists.
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I'm more conservative than most, in Britain at least (I'm not really sure where the stereotyped UMC member falls).
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Check out Good News. Most people would probably classify this publication as being conservative, yet it is published by people who are all United Methodists. The organization is certainly seen as the bane of "liberals" (depending on how you define "liberal") in the United Methodist Church.
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Check out Good News. Most people would probably classify this publication as being conservative, yet it is published by people who are all United Methodists. The organization is certainly seen as the bane of "liberals" (depending on how you define "liberal") in the United Methodist Church.
I think a good test of whether, as a Methodist, you're liberal or conservative, read anything by Jim Winkler or Jim Wallis and see if you agree with them.

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I think a good test of whether, as a Methodist, you're liberal or conservative, read anything by Jim Winkler or Jim Wallis and see if you agree with them.

God forbid!!

Don't know anything about either one of these guys, but if that is the standard, and these quotes are representative of what are considered conservative views, then I guess I'm a conservative.



Hope unbelieved is always considered nonsense. But hope believed is history in the process of being changed.
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I believe in the separation of church and state, absolutely. But I don't believe in the separation of public life from our values, our basic values, and for many of us, our religious values.
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I don't think we should discriminate against an organization or congregation because they're religious, if they're doing good work. But government can't subsidize proselytizing or worship or religious activity. It can't.
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I think it's a good thing for a president or political leaders to want to put their values or their faith into action. Desmond Tutu did that in South Africa. Martin Luther King Jr. did that here. This is a good thing.
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But when we place God on our side of things, that we are now ridding the world of evil - that's very dangerous, that one nation has this role to rid the world of evil. What about the evil we have committed, that we are complicit in?
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