Methodist church Nigeria
The vexed issue of the approval of gay marriage or same-sex unions is on the verge of causing a rift in the Methodist Church.
The United Methodist Church Episcopal Area in Nigeria (UMCN) has threatened to leave the Church’s global body; if it endorses same-sex marriage at its 2022 General Conference.
This was disclosed by an official of UMCN, Bishop John Wesley Yohanna. Bishop Yohanna made this known to newsmen at a press conference held on Wednesday in Jalingo, Taraba State. The bishop, who insisted that Nigerian laws is opposed to gay marriage, revealed that the issue is one that the Nigerian body would not tolerate.
“If the plan succeeds conference, we will not be part of UMC that will change the language of the Book of Discipline to accommodate same-sex marriage. Our loyalty is with Jesus Christ, Bishop Yohanna stated.
Further, he disclosed that the debate on whether the Church should accept homosexuality or gay marriage didn’t start today; adding that the controversy actually began as far back as 1972. However, he stated that the majority vote then was against gay marriage and homosexuality. Specifically, he revealed that the votes cast in 2019, had stood against homosexuality as incompatible with Christian teachings.
The issue of gay marriage has become a major front burner one for most Christian denominations. Nigerian bodies of global orthodox churches are facing a battle against their more liberal global counterparts who are open to the idea of sanctioning gay marriage or unions.
Nigerian law frowns against homosexuality or same-sex unions. Defaulters face imprisonment terms of up to 14 years upon conviction. Nevertheless, no one has yet been convicted under the law signed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2014.
Also, Nigerians are deeply homophobic and have a deep public aversion for homosexuals or people of other sexual orientations; despite an observed rise in the number of members of the LGBTQ community in Nigeria