Originally posted by buckkyWe have been attending a Methodist church for quite some time now, but are actually Baptists. They are a bit drab, but sometimes the Baptists can get a bit too lively! Not like the Pentecostals, but one thing for sure....they can really sing! They tend to have too many squabbles and church splits. The Methodists are pretty inclusive. If someone in the neighborhood dies but has no church affiliation and the family wants a church funeral, it is only the Methodist church that will do it.
Going to a Methodist church is like eating a sandwich made of white Wonder Bread with a dry piece of American chesse. Nothing could be more drab.
Originally posted by reinfeldNegative at the UMC I attended. We used grape juice for the service, but there are far too many passages in the Bible where wine was quite acceptable. Our preachers taught that Timothy was told to take wine for his ailing stomach. And that it can make a merry heart. I read the by-laws and there is NO condemnation for drinking alcohol.
abstinence from alcohol is an official position of the united methodists.
in the communion service only unfermented grape juice is allowed. methodists who drink are drinking outside the grace of the church.
this is one major difference with the other seven sisters of the north american mainline protestant denominations.