Laws are to be obeyed otherwise heavy penalties and punishments are to be applied. If someone violates the traffic laws, he/she has to pay fines or even can be arrested. What if a person violates the law, but there is no punishment at all, how you can say that it isa law. I believe it is not a law.
Last February 2019, UMC Special Conference made a decision to deny the One Church Plan but to follow the Traditional Plan, which is the genuine Church Law (2/23/2019 to 2/26/2019). Then as the next step, the Church should excommunicate the lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto appointed against the Bible and the ChurchLaw. Also the Pastors were ordained by her should be dismissed, as well as the people who appointed her as Bishop.
Even though the Conference prohibits sodomy by the Church Law, lesbian Bishop Karen Oliveto is still working in the church, ordaining Pastors, and sending Pastors to various churches. Furthermore, 11 Bishops declared that they will support One Church Plan accepting LGBTQ even the Conference denies the One Church Plan, and they are working on it (9/18/2018). I believe this is the act of destroying the Church against the Bible and the Church Law.
Martin Luther started Protestant Reformation to reclaim the authority of the Bible which was trampled by Roman Catholic Church. The sin of Church at this age is interpreting the Bible for their own advantage. If every Bishop and every Pastor are interpreting for their tastes, the Bible cannot survive by losing God’s genuine Word. United Kingdom is the motherland of Pastor John Wesley, initiator of the Methodist Church, but after UK approves the same sexmarriage, church became a bar, sold to Moslem, and lost its members greatly.
Pastors or Bishops are only ministers of God doing his work. UMC shouldn’t commit horrible sins to destroy the church by interpreting the Bible with narrow insight following the current flow [Rev 22:18-19, I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll).
This kind of sin blocks the blessing and salvation of church members including himself/herself [Mt 23:13 Teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to. Jer 5:25 your sins have deprived you of good]. And the Church will lose its role as salt then will be despised by the world. Churches are to keep the Bible righteously. There are no blessing and salvation if the Bible doesn’t keep as God’s Written Words because the Bible has the promise of God’s blessing and salvation. We must keep the Bible!
Rev. Myong Duk Han, Wilderness Church in Hawaii