To: The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church and the Commission on A Way Forward
From: The Wesleyan Covenant Association
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We the undersigned stand together as one voice, proclaiming the simple principles that we believe:
GOD is GOOD—We believe that in all things, at all times, and in every situation, God is good. God loves and wants the very best for us as we love and serve Him. We believe God’s ultimate goodness was embodied in Jesus our Savior and Lord. He lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death, and rose again to give us abundant and eternal life. These truths have been received by Christians all around the world, and we stand with the global Church, and particularly United Methodists around the world, in affirming the Church’s historic witness for faith and living.
The BIBLE is TRUE—We believe God has clearly defined His good intentions for us in the Bible. God also set limits just as clearly. We believe all Scripture is God-breathed, good, useful for teaching us truth and showing us how to live. We embrace the core of Biblical teaching as expressed in the majority of global Christianity for the last 2,000 years. It is not for the Church to bend the Bible to the whim of modern culture, but rather to be an alternative to the culture as it attempts to live and practice the truth of Bible in our lived faith. Jesus is always relevant—it is not our responsibility to make him culturally relevant.
PROMISES should be KEPT—We believe the promises we make to God and each other should be kept. At their ordination, every United Methodist clergyperson promised to be loyal to The United Methodist Church; to accept its order, liturgy, doctrine, and discipline; to defend it against all doctrines contrary to God’s word; and committed themselves to be accountable to those serving with them and the bishop and others assigned to supervise their ministry. This sacred covenant binds The United Methodist Church together throughout the world, and as such it must be kept.
Therefore, we ask the Council of Bishops and the Commission on a Way Forward to adhere to these simple but true principles and craft a solution for our future that calls for accountability and integrity to our covenant, and restores the good order of our church’s polity. If the Commission determines no such a plan is possible, then we believe it should prepare a plan of separation that honors the consciences of all the people of the church and allows them to go forward in peace and good will.