Rev. Folkerth gave this sermon on February 8, 2009. Give special attention beginning around 9:00 for background on the amendment and why it’s necessary. The scripture used is from Paul’s first letter to the Church in Corinth.
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NASB) For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under the Law, as under the Law though not being myself under the Law, so that I might win those who are under the Law; to those who are without law, as without law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might win those who are without law.
To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak; I have become all things to all men, so that I may by all means save some. I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it.
By the way, Rev. Folkerth‘s wife is a Texas District Judge. (You’ll figure out why you need to know that when you get there.)
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This amendment was approved by a clear 2/3 majority of the General Conference. If you are a pastor or other representative at an Annual Conference, I encourage you to allow the United Methodist Church to welcome all people, not just some. Vote for Amendment One.