The Methodist Church Nigeria (MCN) on Friday said it has cut formal ties with the British Methodist Church (BMC) for voting in favour of same sex marriage at the just-concluded 2021 international conference of the church.
The Methodist Church in Nigeria expressed disagreement with the British church, with which it is affiliated, over its approval of same sex marriage.
In a statement by its Director, Media and Public Relations, Rev. Oladapo Daramola, in Lagos, the Methodist Church in Nigeria, said with the development, the British Methodist Church was no longer its mother church.
The statement revealed the position of MCN as was made known by its Prelate, His Eminence Chukwumerije Kanu-Uche, in a message he shared with members, on July 2.
According to the statement, Kanu-Uche announced that MCN was cutting formal ties with the British Methodist Church (BMC) due to the latter’s decision to vote in favour of same sex marriage at the just-concluded conference.
The statement read in part: “I wish to let you know that I was invited to the British Methodist Conference this year, 2021 but I was duly represented by Rt. Rev. S. R. Nortey.
“He was part of the Conference and he has given me preliminary information and report. Ihave requested him to publish and circulate the full report on the SSM to the Conference office and all of us.”
He said that what the British Methodist Conference had done was predicted by John Wesley that, “a time will come when the Methodist Church will exist as a dead sect, having the form of religion and denying the power thereof unless they continue with the spiritual fervency with which they first started.
“She is only a sister Church. MCN gained autonomy in 1962 and became autocephalous in 1963. So, we can part ways with the British Conference and have nothing to lose.
“I only pity those romancing with them because of pecuniary interest. Suggestion to write or visit the British Methodist Conference is an insult on Methodist church.
“However, the MCN will wait to receive a detailed report from the accredited delegate to the Conference and take an informed decision at Aug. 2021 consultation.
“As a remedial measure let every Bishop, and Archbishop tell our members that MCN does not support gay or same-sex marriage.”