The United Methodist Church Episcopal Area in Nigeria (UMCN) has said it will break away from the global body it belongs to if same-sex marriage is endorsed at its General Conference scheduled to hold in 2022.
Speaking for UMCN, Bishop Johnwesley Yohanna said:
“It is not possible to be a global United Methodist Church that teaches and practises sex orientation differently in America and in Africa.
“If the plan succeeds at the General Conference come 2022, we will not be part of UMC that will change the language of the Book of Discipline to accommodate same-sex marriage.
“Our loyalty is with Jesus Christ.
“In case the plan succeeds, some of us who truly believe in traditional and evangelical Bible teachings while maintaining African values and ethics, will cease to be part of the Church,’’ he stated.