Underwood promptly attacked the church for its action. "They have other problems they should be concerned about," Underwood said at the time.
The governor said Thursday that, at Methodist conferences he attended, he consistently voted against taking a stand on political issues. Underwood said, for example, that he thought the church should not take sides with workers during labor disputes.
In early July, State Police closed the Capitol Complex for several hours because a letter was found threatening to blow up the building. No bomb was found.
Police have released only part of the letter. They have blamed the incident on a mountaintop removal critic, though a federal police expert said the letter was probably written by a disgruntled state employee who was upset with a variety of issues.
Underwood said several times Thursday that the letter and the Methodist resolution were similar.
The governor said he, not police investigators, discovered the similarity.
"The language of the resolution and the language of the letter are very similar," the governor said.
The portion of the letter released by police said, "Dear Gov. Underwood, How can you sit back and watch our beautiful Mountain State become our Mountainless State!! What ever happened to 'take only memories, leave only footprints? '"
The 10-page Methodist resolution contains no language similar to that portion of the letter.
Rod Blackstone, the governor's press secretary, said the governor was comparing the resolution to another part of the bomb threat that has not been released.
"I don't think he was referring to anything in the excerpt," Blackstone said. "He was talking about something else in the letter."
Blackstone said Public Safety Secretary Otis Cox refused to release the rest of the letter because the bomb threat investigation is ongoing.
Underwood reportedly met with Methodist Bishop S. Clifton Ives the day of the bomb threat to discuss the church's position on mountaintop removal.
On Thursday, Ives released a statement that said, "The bomb threat that shut down state government a few weeks ago is a sad reminder that some persons will resort to the threat of violence in order to express an opinion.
"Historically, the church has expressed opinions about a variety of issues affecting humankind," Ives said. "The church has also consistently rejected violence of any kind or the threat of violence as a way to influence public policy."
Staff writer Bob Schwarz contributed to this report.