Church members at First United Methodist Church (UMC) in Louisville, Mississippi have voted to withdraw the congregation's membership from the UMC denomination, citing a number of issues including homosexuality and abortions as the reasons, the Christian Post website reports today (April 2, 2018).
Members of the over 180-year-old congregation held a "membership affirmation" vote yesterday to determine whether they wanted to remain affiliated with UMC. In a 175-6 vote, the congregation expressed its desire to remove the church from the denomination.
"This is a decision that our consciences forced us to make because of the failure of the United Methodist denomination to uphold Scripture and its own Book of Discipline," Rev. Mike Childs said following the vote.
The church will technically remain part of the UMC until a settlement can be reached regarding church property. Once a settlement is reached, the church plans to change its name to "First Methodist Church of Louisville."