The New Life Sunday school class here at Utmost United Methodist Church is growing. It is constituted of young professionals. They are mature, well-educated young people with a strong sense of Wesleyan theology.
At the end of each study series, a curriculum committee polls the class for their choice for the next study. Frequently they ask our pastor, Rev. Mostly Wright, to sit in on their discussion to offer guidance.
Recently a new member, Litty Rhul, joined. Almost immediately she began criticizing the study the class was using. “We’ve got to get back to the Bible,” she said. “We can’t just take some book or topic and study it. We need to study the Bible.”
Rev. Wright said, “What Litty believes Bible study to be, cherry-picked passages and go line by line in a passage of the Bible and take literally every word in them.”
Mr. I. C. Clearly said, “My daughter, Joy, is in that class. She tells me the studies deal with the Bible, by digging deeper into what it means to our times, our culture, and our lives. Joy says Litty picks passages that suit her, and avoids contradictory ones, so it’s not authentic study.”
Until next time …
Rhodes Crossing, Ga.