Recently Independent Area Churches Gathered to Hear From New Denomination

Three representatives of the Global Methodist Church (GMC) were in Coushatta this week to hear a presentation on the GMC.  Two Red River churches, First Methodist of Coushatta and Wesley Chapel Methodist sent representatives to the meeting.  In addition, there were representatives of seven other newly independent Methodist churches.

The Who, What, When and Where of GMC was explained by Ben McGee, the Presiding Elder of the GMC in this area.  McGee said, “The overall mission of the GMC is to worship passionately, love extravagantly and witness boldly.”

All of the churches represented at the meeting were formerly affiliated with the United Methodist Church (UMC) and had recently disaffiliated.  McGee spent much of his presentation explaining differences between Global Methodist and the UMC, differences that caused many Methodist churches to disaffiliate with the UMC.  Chief among them, McGee explained that the Global Methodist Church’s basic beliefs in the inerrancy of scripture, along with other basic beliefs, are unchangeable in the future by vote of any group and are not subject to being ignored or set aside.  That is one of the chief sticking points many UMC churches had.

Summing up the Global Methodist Church’s beliefs, McGee said, “We stand for theologically very strong orthodox teaching.  It is not up for debate.  If you do not agree, find a church you can believe in.  Don’t try and change us.  Don’t come to the GMC.”

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