“Rev. Phoenix merits compassion for a lifelong struggle over gender identity issues, as related at the conference. But the church helps no one when it fails to faithfully transmit the Gospel of hope and transformation,” said UMAction Director Mark Tooley.
This is so sad. The Judicial council of the UMC is likely to address the issue in Oct. How can this even happen, you may wonder? Well, The United Methodist Church has no explicitly stated, official policy regarding sex change operations.
We have failed as a church. We (and I’m not just talking about Methodists here) have failed to reach out in love and offer healing to those in our community confused and burdened with homosexuality. Let me be clear. No matter you sin Jesus Christ offers help and healing. Not through surgery or even acceptance of one’s pet sin, but through the Biblical model of repentance and faith in Christ.
And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.