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:
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 -
The ELCA is in full communion with the Episcopal Church.
Take a few minutes to read what Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Katharine Jefferts Schori, said in a recent sermon. Here is a report about the presiding bishop's message, and here is the complete sermon.
How about a sneak peak? The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop instructed:
There is more said by the Presiding Episcopal Bishop so please read the above links.
As mentioned above, the ELCA is in full communion with the Episcopal Church. The ELCA's official website explains what 'full communion' means. It says:
'Full communion' means a mutual recognition that the partner churches hold 'the essentials of the Christian faith' within the catholic and apostolic tradition. In such a relationship, according to 'Called to Common Mission,' neither church 'seeks to remake the other in its own image, but each is open to the gifts of the other as it seeks to be faithful to Christ and his mission. They are together committed to a visible unity in the church's mission to proclaim the Word and administer the Sacraments' ('Called to Common Mission,' paragraph 2).
Full communion describes a relationship in which the partner churches fully recognize each other as part of the whole Church of Jesus Christ and seek to cooperate with each other in witness, life, and service. Mutual recognition of Baptism and a sharing of the Lord's Supper, allowing for joint worship and an exchangeability of members, also are part of a relationship of full communion." (see here)
The ELCA's Southeastern Iowa Synod issued a statement in their weekly newsletter concerning the Southeastern Iowa Synod Council's removal of St. Mark's Lutheran church (Marion, IA) from the roster of ELCA congregations. Within the statement it says, "The congregation is being served by a pastor of LCMC, a church body considered to promote separation (schismatic) from the ELCA." (see here)
This is interesting to me because firstly they openly claim that the LCMC promotes separation from the ELCA. What are the facts that support this allegation? The fact of the matter is that this congregation, which the synod took action against, is dual-affiliated with the ELCA and LCMC. The LCMC is fine with the dual-affiliation, yet the ELCA is not. Who here is promoting separation from whom?
Secondly, the reason this congregation's pastor is a LCMC-rostered pastor is because last month the Southeastern Iowa Synod bishop, Michael Burk, removed this pastor from the ELCA clergy roster. (see here)
To all pastors in the ELCA or elsewhere who are facing persecution and attacks, who are under enormous stress, who are called names and have been betrayed by friends because you stand on God's Word and refuse to compromise God's truth. . . Well done faithful servant. We stand with you. You are in our prayers. You are not alone.
Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes.
Rulers persecute me without cause, but my heart trembles at your word.
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
2 Corinthians 4:7-10
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.
2 Corinthians 12:10
That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1 Peter 4:12-16
Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. If you suffer, it should not be as a murderer or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler. However, if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name.
'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.'
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