A Hypothetical Question
The Tennessee Annual Conference passed a resolution apologizing for the harm caused by the TP and asking that any actions taken by the conference against pastors for violating it are trials of last resort. The bishop received a verbal challenge and then a written one that referenced one of the new passages.
The bishop responded by noting the new Disciplinary passage referred to withdrawal of churches which was not really the subject of the resolution and was therefore hypothetical.
The Council supported the bishop’s ruling and pointed out the question did not relate to anything before the annual conference the way it was written.
So there was at least confusion on the part of the questioner. Again, I wonder how that might have been better resolved had the bishop called a brief recess to put the questioner together with someone knowledgeable about requesting decisions of law. I have a feeling the questioner would have either realized he was off subject with his questions or put together an appropriate question of law to the subject at hand.
Maybe if I repeat this suggestion often enough, someone whose opinion is actually important in the denomination will suggest it and might try it.