While the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church does not support homosexuality, the global church is set to vote on the acceptance or rejection of same sex marriage.
According to a UMC press statement issued in Monrovia Monday, Resident Bishop, Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, the church’s Council of Bishops will reach a final determination on the matter next year.
The Methodist Bishop informed that in the past forty years, a group within the United Methodist Church has been advocating for the church to accept homosexuality including conducting same sex marriage and recognition of Gay and Lesbian Pastors.
He said since the inception of their advocacy, several discussions have taken place without adopting any model.
He however said that discussions are ongoing and in 2019, the Council of Bishops will present a report to delegates at the Global Conference of the Church slated for the United States of America where delegates will have the opportunity to vote and make a final determination on the issue of homosexuality in the Church, stressing “That for now the position of the church is that homosexuality is incompatible with the teachings of the Church.”
The Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church has declared emphatically that its stance against homosexuality remains unchanged.
Reinforcing the position of the Church during a Welcome and Thanksgiving Service in his honor last Friday at the head office of the church on 13th street, Sinkor following his return from the United States, the Resident Bishop, Rev. Dr. Samuel J. Quire, Jr. declared that “homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teachings and the Book of Discipline of our church,” and went on to define marriage as “a relationship between one man and one woman in a heterogeneous relation or union.”
Amidst cheers of praise to the Lord, Bishop Quire further declared that “the position of the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church on homosexuality is strongly supported by the African College of Bishops of the United Methodist Church whose position is that the United Methodist Church is intact, strong and united in Christ and that homosexuality is incompatible with scriptures and African culture.”
Meanwhile, Bishop Quire has challenged all United Methodists and all Liberians to pray continuously for the church and the country and minimize the relentless criticisms of the government. He stressed that “If there is a problem with the government, the first call to action is to pray for our leaders and country because God is able to improve and change all situations.”