“Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Matthew 6:9
The United Methodist Church continues to shock everyone, at least true Christians should be shocked. At the Minnesota Conference they removed God The Father from their Apostles Creed. Their official statement was that the term “Father” wasn’t inclusive enough for the 21st century UMC. Even though Jesus Christ, who is the cornerstone of the Church, always addressed God as The Father and even taught us to pray to God as The Father.
Here is their official statements regarding this issue
Leaders need to establish the ground rules: Everybody’s God language is appropriate. People’s God language signifies a relationship that you can’t interfere with. You can raise questions and offer additional perspectives, but you can’t dictate. You can’t prohibit anybody from using any language about God. Whether they want to call God “Jehovah” or “Big Dog,” you can’t judge the validity of how that name connects them with God. People just need to get used to that.
So according to the UMC we now have the authority to override Jesus Christ and edit the Apostles Creed which has been in existence for over 2,000 years. Seriously they are ok with people calling God “Big Dog”? What happened to the integrity and respectability of the Methodist Church?
Pastors and other leaders should give attention to teaching people what the church’s traditional images mean and what they don’t mean. For instance, the “fatherhood” of God is about relationship, not biology. Our people won’t know how to reflect theologically about these things — instead of just reacting emotionally — unless we give them the tools.
There is nothing emotional about the Father/Son hierchy of the Bible. For example we were given examples through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob about the significance of roles a Father/Son play in society and in theology. Without this understanding , you wouldn’t understand the title of Son of God
Pastors and other worship leaders should expose people to a variety of images of God, both familiar and new, both comforting and provocative. People should regularly hear God referred to in public worship with images that are male, female, and gender neutral. In a worship service the choir may sing an anthem with thickly sexist, male-dominated language, while the prayers are full of feminine imagery. People can sing their own words, with their personal substitutions, if they wish. People should be encouraged to take responsibility for their own faith.
As the Bible tells us we are not to conform to the ways of this world but become transformed. This statement is telling us the opposite, lets conform to society today to make “Church” more acceptable. This is total heresy!