This article was originally published by Mennonite World Review

What’s the difference?

The new LMC seems similar to the old Lancaster Mennonite Conference, which pursued its separate ways, founded its own mission board, enforced strict behavior and in general looked at those who did not believe what they did as less faithful. The LMC I read about in “LMC Breaks New Ground” (April 1) doesn’t sound much different from what I remember from those days. Now, as then, LMC is big enough and wealthy enough to get along without a larger denomination. And it is getting some formerly solid Mennonite Church USA congregations to join, such as Yellow Creek Mennonite Church of Goshen, Ind.

Like several other breakaway or independent conservative Mennonite groups and congregations, LMC claims “Anabaptist” as its belief system. Who is the most “Anabaptist”? Am I wrong that the reason for LMC’s (and also Evana’s) separation from MC USA is these groups’ lack of acceptance of LGBTQ Mennonites, who are leading the lifestyle dealt them by our Creator?

A loose paraphrase of I Corin­thians 13, for me, could be: “You can talk of the leading of the Spirit, unity, prayer, revival, repentance and change, but if you cannot accept people who have every sign of being Christian and also are openly LGBTQ, (remember Peter and Cornelius), the effort to be special, new, pure or more faithful sounds like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.”

Larry Eby
Albany, Ore.

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