May 17, 2018
This was printed in the ELCA's Metro D.C. Synod's EVENTS DIGEST
May 17, 2018
If you had any doubt if the ELCA has taken a side on the homosexuality debate look what the official twitter page of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America retweeted. A tweet about a LGBT organization, the pushes for acceptance and approval of the homosexuality, etc.,
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in ever-increasing fashion, is spouting its liberal political beliefs. Let me show examples from this summer:
- Here we have the ELCA and Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton addressing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (see here)
- A few weeks ago came this ELCA news release titled “ELCA on Gender Identity Discrimination.” (see here) Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton is quoted saying,
"Transgender individuals should not be denied the opportunity to participate in our armed forces. We should honor the courage and sacrifice of all members of our military regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation and join those who serve in upholding the respect and dignity of each person."
- Last month Bishop Eaton was tweeting her displeasure with new immigration policies (see below).
- In June, the ELCA’s magazine Living Lutheran wrote about Bishop Eaton addressing the topic of anti-Muslim behavior. (see here)
Some people applaud the ELCA’s political activism and their liberal views, I do not.
Seeing how the ELCA pushes their leftist political positions, it is time Republicans, Libertarians, Conservatives and Blue Dog Democrats stop feeding this Democratic advocacy organization that is wrapped in a faux Christian veneer.
#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.
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)
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 -
This applies to the ELCA "equality" supporters also. I've got many, many emails and comments from ELCA pastors and leaders I could show you.
If you're an Iowan who supports traditional marriage please take some time to print and sign the “Petition for the Iowa Marriage Amendment.” The petition says, “We oppose the Iowa Supreme Court’s aggressive efforts to redefine marriage in Iowa.
We the People of Iowa call upon Iowa’s legislators to Let Us Vote on the Iowa Marriage Amendment to restore one man, one woman marriage, by passing it in the 2012 legislative session.” (They are no longer gathering signatures)
For more information about the Iowa Marriage Amendment and the petition see http://www.thefamilyleader.com/action-center/luv-iowa
I wish the ELCA had a leader like Bryant Wright, the Southern Baptist Convention President. The LGBT activists are demanding an apology from the denomination because they hold to what God's tells us in scripture. Here is an article about it - Gay leaders meet with SBC president.
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. - 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Seems we are living in the "time." Pray that we, all Christians, will not side with Satan and turn from what God says. Ask God Almighty to give you strength and boldness to be His witness and proclaim His Truth, in the midst of anger and opposition.
'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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