Exposing The Methodist Church
By: Brian A. Yeager
When researching the Methodist Church I found that there are three main factions. Most have come together to form the United Methodist Church Denomination. However, outside of the United Methodist Church, you find the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the Methodist Church. The one thing they all have in common is this: “The United Methodist Church shares a common history and heritage with other Methodist and Wesleyan bodies. The lives and ministries of John Wesley (1703–1791) and of his brother, Charles (1707–1788), mark the origin of their common roots” (http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.1720691/k.B5CB/History_Our_Story.htm). The fact that the Methodist Church, and all of their factions, started with men makes this religion absolutely false!
The Wesley Brother’s Church Rather Than The Church of Christ
Jesus Christ promised He would establish His church (Matthew 16:13-18). The first converts to Christ, after His death, were added to His church (Acts 2:47). The church existed then, in the first century. Jesus’ church is known as the church of Christ (Romans 16:16). The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 1:22-23). He is the head of His body, the church (Ephesians 5:23 and Colossians 1:18). Just as there is one Father, one faith, one baptism, etc., there is only one body/church (Ephesians 4:4-6 and Colossians 3:15). Therefore, by the very fact that man started every form of Methodist Churches, we have proven the Methodist Church is not pleasing to God (Matthew 7:21-23 and I Corinthians 7:23)! Moreover, like all denominations, their foundation is not the only thing that exists without God’s involvement.
The Methodist Church Is Guided By The Doctrines Of Men
“Who makes decisions for The United Methodist Church if there is no one person in charge? Good question. The only body that can set official policy and speak for the denomination is the General Conference” (http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.1720699/k.528D/Structure__Organization_Governance.htm). If you search the New Testament for the “General Conference” you will not find any such dog! The closest thing you will find to a “General Conference” in the New Testament is when the rulers of the Jews, elders, scribes, and the high priest came together in Jerusalem to forbid the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 4:5-22). Just like then, when man forms conferences to make decisions those decisions are ALWAYS contrary to the will of God. How can I make such a blanket statement? Well, just the fact that men come together and think beyond God’s word is enough to condemn such an idea (I Corinthians 4:6; cf. Deuteronomy 4:2, Deuteronomy 12:32, Proverbs 30:5-6, Colossians 3:17, I Peter 4:11, II Peter 3:16-18, and Revelation 22:18-19). The judgment of man is flawed (Proverbs 3:7, Proverbs 20:24, Proverbs 21:2, Proverbs 23:4, Proverbs 28:26, and Jeremiah 10:23). We simply need to see what God says and do it as He said it (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 6:46-49, and Luke 11:28).
The doctrines of men are not just found in the “General Conference” of the Methodist Church. Methodist Churches are also admittedly guided by human traditions: “Between the New Testament age and our own era stand countless witnesses on whom we rely in our theological journey. Through their words in creed, hymn, discourse, and prayer, through their music and art, through their courageous deeds, we discover Christian insight by which our study of the Bible is illuminated. This living tradition comes from many ages and many cultures. Even today Christians living in far different circumstances from our own—in Africa, in Latin America, in Asia—are helping us discover fresh understanding of the Gospel’s power” (http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.2310045/k.4A66/Reflecting_on_Our_Faith.htm). You cannot follow the traditions of man and please God at the same time (Matthew 15:1-9, Galatians 1:6-12, and Colossians 2:8; 18-23). Their human traditions extend to their doctrines on baptism.
The Methodists Believe Error On Water Baptism
Notice the Methodist doctrines on baptism: “Persons of any age can be baptized (ADDED NOTE: this includes infants - http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=1&mid=3196). We baptize by sprinkling, immersion or pouring” (http://www.umc.org/site/c.lwL4KnN1LtH/b.2299859/k.13B7/Our_Christian_Roots.htm). One can easily study the Scriptures and see that one has to be able to hear the truth, believe it, repent of their sins, confess Christ, etc., PRIOR to baptism (Acts 2:36-41, Acts 8:26-38, Acts 18:8, and Acts 19:1-7; cf. Luke 14:26-33). Infants and the mentality disabled can’t do that. One has to be able to UNDERSTAND the Lord’s will to obey Him (Ephesians 5:17). Furthermore, the only method of baptism in the Scriptures is that of immersion (Matthew 3:13-17, Acts 8:36-39, Romans 6:3-6, and Colossians 2:12).
The Methodists also teach that baptism is not necessary for someone to be saved: “Do I have to be baptized in order to be saved? No, but baptism is a gift of God's grace to be received as part of the journey of salvation. To refuse to accept baptism is to reject one of the means of grace that God offers us” (http://archives.umc.org/interior.asp?ptid=1&mid=1326). Any honest person cannot study the Bible and not believe baptism is required for salvation (Mark 16:15-16, Acts 2:38; 22:16, and I Peter 3:20-21).
The Methodists Are A Unity In Diversity Denomination
The United Methodist Church in El Paso is looking to open doors in their fellowship by offering a wide variety of false works. Notice this quote: “We believe our church is a safe place where everyone is welcome - We believe in offering a wide variety of ministries providing many doors of entrance into our fellowship” (http://www.loveroad.org/templates/System/details.asp?id=31101&PID=253478). For one; you, the Methodists, I, or anyone else are not permitted to write our own terms of godly fellowship. Those in fellowship with God are those who meet the biblical terms of who is indeed in fellowship with the Lord (I John 1:3-7 and II John 9-11). Secondly, there is only one way into that fellowship and this is through Christ (John 14:6). We cannot open any doors into the fellowship of the Lord. Finally, the concept behind their statement is unity in diversity, which is a false doctrine (Amos 3:3, Mark 3:24, John 17:20-23, Romans 12:16; 16:17-18, I Corinthians 1:10, II Corinthians 13:11, Ephesians 4:1-4, Ephesians 5:11, Philippians 1:27; 2:2; 3:16-17, II Thessalonians 3:6; 14-15, and Revelation 2:14-15).
We’re out of space, so we must conclude. We could go on and on with these errors. Is it really necessary? The horse is dead, so next we will expose “Non Denominational” denominational churches!
Volume 10 – Issue 50 - September 5th, 2010