Bishop under fire speaks to congregation

By Conor Mooney

May 11, 2014 Updated May 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Applause rang out in the Methodist Church in Binghamton Sunday morning for a Bishop taking a controversial stance. Retired Methodist Bishop Melvin Talbert spoke on his message of inclusion.

The Tabernacle United Methodist Church was filled from wall to wall to hear the Bishop speak.

The Bishop has called for an "Act of Biblical Obedience," which would allow anyone to be embraced in the Methodist Church, in this case, GLBTQ or, Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning.

"The states are moving faster than the Church, and that's the embarrassing part of it for me is, the Church needs to be in the vanguard leading the way. But on this issue, the church is the tail end," the Bishop said.

The Methodist Church has brought charges against him for his teachings.

This is not the first time Bishop Talbert has come under fire for his beliefs. He was jailed for three days alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while fighting for racial equality.

"I went in hating white people, for all they were doing with us, but Dr. King wouldn't let us get away with that. He taught us that whites are our sisters and brothers. And love is a stronger motive than hate," said Bishop Talbert.

He faces a trial that will be held in within the Methodist church.

If he is convicted, he could lose his orders, which means he could also lose his pension.