Today I posted the article "Minnesota: Terror-linked Muslim group opens offices inside Bethany Lutheran Church" (see here) on an ELCA clergy Facebook page. In the comment section under my post ELCA pastor Paul Christ praises the Muslim false god. See screenshot below:
Rev. Anna M Madsen describes herself on her Twitter page as "An ELCA Rev Dr...as a Christian I resist Trump." Here is her tweet about abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Read more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's support for abortion here.
We hear the ELCA rant and rave about Palestinian hardships because of Israeli checkpoints. (see "checkpoint" search on ELCA.org here)
It is fabricated. A lie. Not a surprise coming from a denomination which holds Israel as the enemy, focuses on them (rather than on atrocity-committing countries), and seeks to harm them financially and politically, while pushing policies that will endanger their survival. See the truth in this video. (caution: some adult language)
#DecolonizeLutheranism is a group made up of extremely radical ELCA pastors, seminary students and leaders (see here) and has gathered a sizeable following in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. They held their first gathering in Chicago this year which 200 people attended (they cut off registration at this number) and have been featured on the ELCA's Northeast Iowa Synod website. (see here)
Below you will find @decolonizeLutheransim's goals:
Here is a link to the group's Facebook page. Check it out and you will see how radically liberal they are.
ELCA schools love to shout their support for homosexuality. And notice that none declare they are proponents of traditional marriage and hold to Scripture's view that homosexuality is a sin.
If the only position you hear from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and all the subsidiaries is in favor of homosexuality and gay marriage one has to come to the conclusion that that is what they stand for. They are not neutral on the subject and those members that disagree with homosexuality are not represented in the leadership.
From the ELCA's Trinity Lutheran Seminary:
Karen Oliveto is the first openly gay bishop in the United Methodist Church. She is married to another woman. The ELCA, never wanting to miss a moment to celebrate homosexual milestones that go against Scripture, and in this case may split the Methodist church, was there and actively participated in Bishop Oliveto's installation.
Bishop Jessica Crist, bishop of the Montana Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America participated and spoke during the introduction and welcoming portion of Karen Oliveto's installation service.
Bishop Crist was the chair of the ELCA Conference of Bishops from 2011 to 2015.
The Bible clearly communicates that homosexuality is a sin. Bishop Oliveto is openly gay. Participation in the installation of a church leader who is living in overt and unrepentant sin is, in the very least, tacit approval of the sin.
See the Bishop Oliveto's installation service here. ELCA Bishop Crist appears at the 36 minute mark.
of the ELCA Conference of Bishops
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) colleges are not Christian.
Case in point, Pacific Lutheran University, an ELCA college, hosted a production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a vulgar play that focus' on the subjects of sex, menstruation and female genitalia. Pacific Lutheran University students expanded on the play writing some of their own monologues and the PLU creative director for the production explains why saying, “We wanted to get more trans women, more queer women, more women of color to talk about their experiences." (see here)
The article also says that the play is a "familiar Pacific Lutheran University tradition" and a comment here says, "I go to Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA and we have had it every year for at least ten years or so. It always draws a huge crowd."
Is this a Christ honoring play? Only someone who has a false understanding of Jesus would say "yes."
The late Bishop John D’Arcy wrote this regarding the play:"The Vagina Monologues is offensive to women; it is antithetical to Catholic teaching on the beautiful gift of human sexuality and also to the teachings of the Church on the human body relative to its purpose and to its status as a temple of the Holy Spirit. The human body and the human person, in the tradition of the Church, must never be seen as an object.
This play violates the truth about women; the truth about sexuality; the truth about male and female, and the truth about the human body." (see here)
Gustavus Adolphus College is another ELCA school that has subjected their students to a production of "The Vagina Monologues." (see here)
God Pause devotions are daily reflections sent out by Luther Seminary, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. As most of you know, the ELCA is notorious for avoiding the use of masculine words for God. The God Pause devotion for January 8, 2016, gives us another painful example of their masculine deity word evasion.
“There, and in so many other places around the world, God calls us into deeper relationship with God through God's son as God declares to each of us how special we are as God's children, now prepared and sent to participate in ministry with God.” (see here)
See more examples of the ELCA's extreme use of gender neutral language for God here.
People change. Over the last 14 years support for same-sex marriage in America has increased by 20%. (see here) When I went to Wartburg Theological Seminary (ELCA) there were a few Bible-believing, orthodox/conservative students that I could look to for support. Today I came across one of those students (now an ELCA pastor) pictured on the ReconcilingWorks website along with an article saying that his church is now a Reconciling in Christ congregation.
"ReconcilingWorks: Lutherans for Full Participation" is an organization that "advocates for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church and congregations." (see here) And his church has now become a congregation that "welcome and affirm people of...every sexual orientation and gender identity" (see here)
Americans view on gay marriage changed, for the most part, because of the decline in Biblical belief and the normalization of homosexuality brought into our homes through the entertainment we watch.
If you are not reading your Bible and you study or sit under the leadership of liberal teachers, pastors and bishops who support homosexuality (and other liberal theological positions) you are in danger of compromising your Biblical beliefs and conforming to their position.
Yes, the ELCA does teach and believe in universalism. Many ELCA leaders are believers in universalism. Many ELCA seminary professors are teachers of universalism. The ELCA publishes articles supportive of universalism. And no condemnation of this teaching comes forth from the ELCA. So yes, they teach it and they are supportive of the teaching. Here are some links to articles about the ELCA and universalism. Many of the articles have links to the ELCA (leaders, teachers, pastors, ELCA publications, ELCA schools and ELCA websites) stating their belief in universalism.
An issue that goes hand in hand with universalism is the belief that there is no hell. Here's some information on the topic of hell with relation to the ELCA. http://www.exposingtheelca.com/exposed-blog/category/hell
Here is how Dr. Martin Luther King answered this question -
"Question: ...I am a boy, but I feel about boys the way I ought to feel about girls. I don't want my parents to know about me. What can I do? Is there any place where I can go for help?
Answer: Your problem is not at all an uncommon one. However, it does require careful attention. The type of feeling that you have toward boys is probably not an innate tendency, but something that has been culturally acquired. Your reasons for adopting this habit have now been consciously suppressed or unconsciously repressed. Therefore, it is necessary to deal with this problem by getting back to some of the experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. In order to do this I would suggest that you see a good psychiatrist who can assist you in bringing to the forefront of conscience all of those experiences and circumstances that lead to the habit. You are already on the right road toward a solution, since you honestly recognize the problem and have a desire to solve it."
The ELCA has taken some heat by some for posting the following comment/prayer.
Click on the "comment" link to read what people are saying.
On Twitter a number of ELCA leaders are complaining that the ELCA Facebook page should remove some comments of people who were not happy with the comment/prayer (if you can even call it a prayer).
Last month the United States Supreme Court ruled that there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Here is how many leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America responded.
The ELCA's Bishop Robert Alan Rimbo of the Metropolitan New York says of the recent Supreme Court decision making gay marriage legal in the United States, "in the spirit of Jesus, we applaud the court’s decision. We will continue to embrace all of God’s children as they seek to have their loving relationships blessed by people of good faith." (readhere)
Below is a tweet from the ELCA Executive for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Relations and assistant to the presiding bishop -
This post on an ELCA Facebook group is from the former president of the ELCA's Wartburg Theological Seminary -
1 hr · Princeton, IA
So humbled and privileged that in just a few hours I will preach and preside at the wedding of (two men). A first for this congregation and this community. We expect a packed house. God's timing is superb!"
Rev. Strickland is the Director for Worship of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -
The ELCA's Bishop Guy Erwin of the Southwest California Synod retweeted this -
This ELCA Synod offers resources for churches concerning gay marriage from Reconciling Works (an LGBT advocacy organization) and from a transgender ELCA Pastor Megan Rohrer -
The ELCA pastor that moderates a large ELCA Clergy Facebook page tweeted -
A camp run by an ELCA church posted this -
Some ELCA Gay Pride Parade marchers -
From Gustavus Adolphus College -
ELCA churches are conducting gay weddings, as are other liberal denominations. The website, Exposing the ELCA has a poll on its home page asking "Would Jesus attend a gay wedding?" (go vote here) In the video below it asks a similar question, "Should a Christian attend his gay friend/family member's wedding?"
Robert A. J. Gagnon, Associate Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, had this to say following his posting of the video, "Christians should not attend a ritual celebration of an act that God finds abhorrent. The closest analogy in Scripture is Paul's injunction in 1 Cor 10 that Christians not attend events at an idol's temple, not even if they believe that the idol has no real existence, not even if the event being celebrated at the temple is something seemingly innocuous like the celebration of a birth or a job promotion. In the context... of 1 Corinthians, with its dual commands to "flee sexual immorality" and "flee idolatry," there is no way that Paul would have permitted attendance of any wedding ceremony of the incestuous man in 1 Cor 5 to his stepmother, had such an event taken place." (see here)
Every once in awhile, in the comment section under an article or blog you come across a comment by someone that is so good you want to share it. That happened to me this week while I was reading a Michael Rinehart, Bishop of the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, blog. Bishop Rinehart is extremely liberal politically and theologically. Under a recent death penalty focused blog by Bishop Rinehart I found this gem:
Linda writes "...The fundamental issue is that the ELCA is a political and social activist group with a specific cultural agenda. The ELCA pastors are required to pledge loyalty to the organization itself as well as to the rightly preaching Gospel and rightly administering the sacraments. When they find those two at odds, there is tremendous pressure placed upon the pastor with a threat of taking him off the roster and never issuing another call. If a faithful Lutheran pastor disagrees with the Synod bishop, he runs the risk of being labelled schismatic and pulled from the clergy roster if he won’t toe the mark. The hierarchy manages that change and advocates for it, and waits for the orthodox to leave (without their buildings, and preferably quietly) or just to age out. The ELCA seminaries teach symbolic and allegorical reading of Scriptures, although they don’t call it that, and they have an agenda of radical feminism and full participation for homosexual practitioners to be pastors and administer and take part in the sacramental life of the church.
Surveys are undertaken of the congregations not to determine what the faithful need to be reminded of or grounded in, but to change church teaching based on what people are already doing and already believe in practice. We actually had a young 30-something woman who was a member of our former small ELCA church state that she believed we could get more members if we didn’t require our members to be baptized as our constitution provided. Indeed. Let’s be so inclusive that we are no longer the Lutheran or even a Christian church at all. Radical hospitality. My brother calls it the Burger King of churches: have it your way at ELCA.
At present the ELCA is having congregations read and participate about what they believe and practice regarding Holy Communion. I believe this will eventually result in a policy statement which captures what most people believe and are already doing, rather than the ELCA actually bothering to catechize the faithful with confessional Lutheran teachings and correct any errors in understanding and/or practice regarding the sacrament. They will not want to reinforcing Lutheran teaching that Holy Communion is a sacrament for the baptized who believe, and that even believers must be rightly disposed to participate or should refrain (or be denied the sacrament if the pastor has knowledge).
Now the saying goes that the ELCA practices radical hospitality – ALL means ALL regardless of their understanding of Holy Communion. No matter that Scripture teaches that when you eat and drink of the Body and Blood of Christ without being properly disposed that you are bringing judgment onto yourself. That’s just one example, albeit a pretty big one, I know.
Asking people what they already practice and believe to ok it is hardly Evangelical.
Not calling them to learn or abide by the confessions is hardly Lutheran.
Advocating worldly social and political agendas is not being Church.
About the only word of truth left in the ELCA, then, is the last one. America.
It is true that it’s located in the United States of America.
I am waiting for the call for the Gospel rightly preached to be deemed hate speech by the culture at large. It’s coming. ELCA will soon follow and the rightly preached Gospel, the fullness of the Word, will be silenced within the ELCA churches by discipline of individual members by the Synod (this used to be done at the congregational level. In 2013 the ELCA changed the constitution to provide that the Synod now undertakes that discipline. Apparently the congregations can no longer be trusted to administer such member discipline any longer. After all, they may not toe the party line at the congregational level. But the Synod surely will.
All the beautiful Lutheran language in the well-drafted and crafted ELCA constitution has been relegated to symbolic and/ or ceremonial status in the church. Many ELCA...are persons of good faith, but it’s just not the Lutheran or the Christian faith except in name and symbol and outward ceremony. The substance has been stripped. Nobody preaches about original sin or even sinning unless its about “sinful structures” that promote some -ism, take your pick. Like patriarchy in our culture. That is a sinful, oppressive thing that only radical feminism can make right. It’s all about inclusivity, moral relativism and the historical-critical method which sounds like a good contextual way to read the Bible and allow its truths to come through. Instead, it is the leadership’s way of teaching seminarians to dismantle Biblical truths one by one in study, all in favor of the wisdom of the age.
By the resounding failure of pastoral and theological leadership in the Human Sexuality study, I fully expect gender fluidity and gender bias studies to be commissioned within the ELCA. After much time and money expended by a future task force the ELCA will teach...that God did NOT make them male and female, and that the term eunuch in the Bible is a pejorative term that refers to and perpetuates fear of the stranger or 'other' from biblical times and perpetuates transphobia. If you disagree you will be called transphobic, even though the only thing you fear is that the Gospel is no longer rightly preached in your church.
I only wish that I were writing this tongue-in-cheek. It’s the reason we led our church out of the ELCA and joined the LCMC. Peace and blessings to you." (read here)
Witness Stone Blog and ELCAToday.com wish you a Merry Christmas. Enjoy -
The following comes from ELCA pastor, author and speaker Nadia Bolz-Weber. Her theology is heretical and her beliefs are immoral (see here) and what comes out of her mouth is ugly. ("What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." - Mathew 15:11)
Nadia Bolz-Weber is scheduled in 2015 to speak at the ELCA Luther Seminary’s 2015 Mid-Winter Convocation “Spiritual but Not Religious;” Discovery, Reflection and Vocation at the ELCA's Bethany College; Visiting Writers Series/Institute for Faith and Learning at the ELCA's Lenoir-Rhyne University and the next day at the ELCA's Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary; Festival of Homiletics (Luther Seminary) at the Colorado Convention Center and the ELCA Worship Jubilee. (see here)
Explicit language warning:
This information comes from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America "Report of the Secretary," April 2014.
"ELCA Disaffiliation Votes"
"(T)he numbers of ELCA congregations disaffiliating for the past five years are the following:
2009 - 10
2010 - 302
2011 - 298
2012 - 49
2013 - 16
Total - 675
Nine hundred fifty-four congregations took a first vote. Several of these took multiple first votes. We still get occasional requests for explanation of the process of disaffiliation. These are referred to the appropriate synod office." (see here - page 14)
'See!' he said to all the people. 'This stone will be a witness against us. It has heard all the words the LORD has said to us. It will be a witness against you if you are untrue to your God.'
Your gift can help us continue