In another show of solidarity against following the UMC, Book of Discipline (church law), the United Methodist News Service published a story this week on 500 UMC pastors who have agreed to conduct same sex unions. You read that right, and they plan to do it even though it’s prohibited by church law.

I don’t want this post to be about same sex unions or in this case marriage and wedding ceremonies, but rather the complete disregard for following their own laws. The Episcopal Greetings opening the Discipline says this:

The Discipline as the instrument for setting forth the laws, plan, polity, and process by which United Methodists govern themselves remains constant.

The Discipline is very clear about it being the law, but this seems not to matter to many in the UMC. The denominations Bishops have continued to ordain gay clergy in defiance of the law and the UMC News Service often posts articles on that seem to gloat at the defiance.

So what does the Bible say about following laws.

Romans 13:1-2 says: “Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow.”

Well there you have it, and guess what the Discipline says, the General Conference serves as the denominations law making body. Yep delegates to the general conference are the governmental body of the church. So when Bishops and pastors disobey church law, they have disobeyed their own form of church governance and they have sinned by refusing to obey God and they will be punished.

Let that sink in.