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The battle for the soul of United Methodism will
not be fought against other United Methodists
of differing perspectives. It won’t be fought
against caucus groups, the standing rules of General Conference, Judicial Council. It will not be determined by interpretations of The Book of Discipline, or Bishops’ implementation of discipline.


The battle for the soul of United Methodism will be fought against powers and principalities. It will be a struggle between the power of fear and the power of faith.


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About the Author

Wil Cantrell has represented the Holston Conference as a delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2012 and 2016, and on the Executive Committee of the World Methodist Council from 2001-2005.

He currently serves on the pastoral team at Concord United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The United Methodist Church has been slowly addressing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGTQ) issues for more than 40 years. During that time, our demographics, official policies, and cultural perspectives regarding these issues have changed dramatically.

Many of us have shifted our own views significantly, yet our denomination has never been able to arrive at an agreeable consensus in terms of how the church should relate to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.

While finding a solution that gathers universal support is unlikely, we must be sure we do not allow this conflict to splinter our denomination to such a degree it has disastrous consequences for our other ministries.