There were a total of 272 people who answered.
196 people answered "No." (72.06%)
76 people answered "Yes." (27.94%)
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Exposing the ELCA asked its readers this: "Would Jesus approve of abortion and homosexual practice?"
There were a total of 272 people who answered.
196 people answered "No." (72.06%)
76 people answered "Yes." (27.94%)
The March for Life was held today in Washington D.C. “March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion . . . (which takes place) on or around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade.” (see here) It is the talk of the town on The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Facebook page (see here). They even posted a picture of Rev. John Bradosky, Bishop of the North American Lutheran Church (NALC) and LCMS President Harrison as they participated in the March. (see here)
For an event that had national Lutheran leaders participating, one would think the largest Lutheran denomination would find it newsworthy enough to send their leader, or at least address it; wouldn't you? I haven't seen any pictures or reports of ELCA leaders attending the March, and nothing was even said about it on the ELCA's official website or its Facebook page. NOTHING.
Not only that, this week as Christian denominations, organizations and individuals spoke, wrote and posted about the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion (Roe vs. Wade) on Facebook the ELCA and Women of the ELCA (WELCA) posted nothing. However, two days later something of such significance was taking place that WELCA had to address it. What was it you ask? National Handwriting Day. (see here – scroll down the page)
55 million unborn children have been killed in the last 40 years in the United States and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America doesn't even address the evil tragedy. That's because the evil tragedy of abortion is considered “good” in the ELCA. (see here)
This is telling - "Most white evangelical Protestants (73 percent), as well as 55 percent of white Catholics and 53 percent of black Protestants, say it is morally wrong to have an abortion. That compares with 36 percent of white mainline Protestants and just 20 percent of the religiously unaffiliated." (see here)
Most every member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America falls under the heading “white mainline Protestants.”
This comes from the ELCA worship planning resource “SUNDAYS AND SEASONS.” - “Gospel, 1st Advent: God will fulfill God's purposes and, already, hidden signs of that fulfillment abound. On that great day there will be dismay, perplexity, confusion, and terror, but God's people shall be given strength to stand boldly and receive God's promised redemption.”
Where are the pronouns? It seems like the resource is doing everything possible, in this instance, to avoid calling God “He.”
I thought the following video was worth posting. The hosts' answer a woman’s question, “Is it wrong in God's eyes to attend a church that doesn't follow the Bible?”
Here is part of their answer, “Are you born again? Seriously, are you a Christian? . . . Have you repented of your sins? Are you trusting in Jesus alone? Because if you are you will love God's word and you'll never ever support a church that is teaching error.”
Start watching at the 7 minute mark -
Women of the ELCA (WELCA), in a recent blog, made the claim that they are “Advocating for girls’ rights everywhere.” (read here)
Their claim is simply not true. What about girls who are in the womb? Women of the ELCA is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and this denomination certainly does not advocate for the life of unborn girls. They advocate for the destruction of unborn girls and boys. (see here)
It is time every ELCA and WELCA member recognizes what their denomination supports and what they themselves are supporting by being members of the denomination.
So my question to you is this: is God calling you to stand up for the rights of the innocent, the unborn children? Is God calling you to let your brothers and sisters in Christ know the radical pro-abortion position of the ELCA? Here are two resources (fliers/posters) that I encourage you to print off and share with others. 1) The ELCA and Abortion: THE FACTS and 2) Dear ELCA Members: You have the right to know!
Planned Parenthood is in the business of aborting babies. That is how they make most of their money.
In my opinion, it is a grievous sin to support the abortion factory of Planned Parenthood. Today we highlight Rev. Dr. Paul T. Jersild, an ELCA Professor of Theology and Ethics, Emeritus at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and former dean at the ELCA’s Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa. Obviously a man who has trained up and instructed many ELCA pastors and leaders.
Rev. Dr. Paul T. Jersild is listed as being on the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia’s board of directors for 2010. (see here)
Rev. Jersild is listed as a financial donor in the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia 2010 Yearbook (see here)
Rev. Jersild wrote an article entitled, “Response to the accusation that Planned Parenthood is a racist organization” which is listed as a resource on the Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia website. (see here)
One more detail about Rev. Jersild, he was one of the early proponents of homosexuality in the ELCA saying, “we need to move away from the kind of rational, universal thinking about human sexuality that coerces everyone into the same heterosexual mold . . .” (see here)
I drove past the local Planned Parenthood today and saw six very brave warriors of Christ standing on the sidewalk holding their pro-life signs. I was impressed that these people cared enough for the unborn innocence to face ridicule and disdain from those driving by on the busy main thoroughfare.
It got me to thinking, are we individually and more so, are our churches willing to stand up for the unborn in the face of anger? Of fear of offending? Of fear of financial backlash?
I am a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), whose leadership and policy always takes a pro-choice position, while attempting to sound accommodating to pro-life members. So it is no surprise that I have not seen any action or statement by the ELCA's controlling hierarchy in support of pro-life causes. As an ELCA member, I have also come to realize that many ELCA churches which have a pro-life outlook will not publicly support the cause. Perhaps that is true of churches in many denominations. The congregational leadership does not want to publicly support pro-life clinics. They do not want their annual report to show a financial gift to a pro-life organization. They do not want a pro-life event to be publicized in the church bulletin. And they surely do not want to say from the pulpit that abortion is wrong, a sin, devastating on the mother, against God’s will or to call it what it is, murder.
There is something wrong in our churches. Call it fear, call it political correctness, or call it not trusting in God’s goodness to provide for them when they stand against this great evil, in the face of a world which embraces it.
We need children of God, warriors for Christ and church leaders who will support and unashamedly proclaim that they and their church are on the side of the unborn.
Exposing the ELCA and we will post them for others to use for submission to their synod gatherings. I have heard that a resolution has been submitted to the Northern Great Lakes Synod, ELCA called "Welcoming Traditional Lutherans." If anyone has a copy of it, we would be happy to post it on this website.Synod Assemblies are coming up, which means that now is the time to submit resolutions. Every year a host of liberal affirming resolutions are submitted and passed. Very few represent orthodox Lutherans, so we encourage you to start writing. If you have a resolution prepared, or when it is written, please send it to
Pastor Eric Carlson wrote this about resolutions:
“One avenue of access for congregations, conferences, synod organizational units and voting members to address issues and propose a plan for action is the resolution. Resolutions help organize the work of the assembly by clarifying important issues or concerns. Resolutions are first reviewed by the reference and counsel committee, which will make recommendations to the assembly to facilitate its work, but the resolutions belong to the assembly and may be amended, rejected, or adopted after consideration by the voting members. Resolutions may be submitted until 45 days prior to the first day the assembly meets.” (see here)
Rev. Julie Boleyn, on January 14, 2012 became “the first lesbian to be ordained in the Greater Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.”
Rev. Boleyn “spent about four years working for Planned Parenthood.” (see here)
Is that where we are now getting our pastors? Planned Parenthood?
Reverend William E. Flippin, Jr., “a staunch supporter of Barack Obama and an ELCA pastor,” wrote a blog posted in The Huffington Post entitled “Would Martin Luther Vote for Barack Obama?” Rev. Flippin implies that Luther would. He says he believes “wholeheartedly that the political views of President Barack Obama would resonate with his (Martin Luther’s) vision of universal needs for all.” (see here)
Almost 100 ELCA pastors and leaders have endorsed a declaration entitled, “Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing.” In this document, the ELCA leaders call for marriage equality for homosexuals, and they voice their commitment to abortion, among other things.
Concerning marriage equality and abortion, the declaration says, “We call for:”
- “Full inclusion of women and LGBT persons in congregational life, including their ordination and marriage equality.”
- “A faith-based commitment to sexual and reproductive rights, including access to voluntary contraception, abortion, and HIV/STI prevention and treatment.” (read here)
Here is the list of ELCA pastors and leaders who signed this public declaration:
Rev. Michael E. Allwein; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Gettysburg, PA
Rev. Dr. LaVonne Althouse; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Retired Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Lititz, PA
Rev. Glenn M. Anderson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Park Rapids, MN
Rev. Kirk Anderson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Prescott Valley, AZ; Dewey, AZ
Rev. Dr. Theodore W. Asta; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutherans Concerned; Worcester, MA
Reverend John F. Backe; Lutheran, Our Savior's Lutheran Church; Denver, CO
Rev. Ernest R. Barr; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Faith Lutheran Church; Wichita Falls, TX
Rev. Ruth Bosch Becker; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA, retired Campus Pastor; Cranberry Twp, PA
Rev. Joel Benbow; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Edina, MN
Rev. Arne Bergland; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, California Lutheran University; Thousand Oaks, CA
Dr. Charles Bergstrom; Lutheran, Lutheran Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; W Yarmouth, MA
Rev. James E. Boline; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Paul Lutheran Church; Santa Monica, CA
Rev. Shawn Brandon; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Baudette, MN
Rev. Dr. Thomas Edwards Breed; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Andrew Lutheran Church; Cedar Rapids, IA
Dr. Pamela Brubaker; Brethren, Associate Professor, California Lutheran University; Thousand Oaks Rd, CA
Rev. Laurie Larson Caesar; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Beaverton, OR
Rev. Paul Carlson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Highlands Lutheran Church; Denver, CO
Rev. Dr. Herbert W. Chilstrom; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Former Presiding Bishop, ELCA; St. Peter, MN
Rev. Erin Clausen; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. James Lutheran Church; Western Springs, IL
Rev. Barbara Condon; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Idaho Falls, ID
Rev. Dr. Samuel Cruz; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Assistant Professor of Religion and Society, Union Theological Seminary; New York, NY
Rev. Sandra D. Dager; Lutheran, Pastor, Grace Lutheran Church; Palo Alto, CA
Rev. Dr. Amandus J. Derr; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pastor, Saint Peter's Church; New York, NY
Rev. Dr. Thomas Dorsey; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church; New York, NY
Ms. Emily Eastwood; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutherans Concerned/North America
Rev. Dr. Sandra Ellis-Killian; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. John's Lutheran Church, Ambler, PA; Glenside, PA
Reverend Joanne Elise Engquist; Lutheran, Pastor, University Lutheran Church; Cambridge, MA
Dr. R. Guy Erwin; Lutheran, Professor, California Lutheran University; Thousand Oaks, CA
Rev. Paul Fauske; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, pastor, Evangelical Church in America; Mercer Island, WA
Rev. Travis Fisher; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Davenport, IA
Reverend Ray Flachmeier; Lutheran, Pastor, Resurrection Lutheran Church; Plano, TX
Rev. Robert Franek; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pastor, Faith Lutheran Church; Galesburg, IL
Rev. John L. Freesemann; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church; San Jose, CA
Rev. Ruth Frost; Lutheran, Chaplain, Hospice of the Twin Cities; Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Sue Gaeta; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Rev. Dr. Paula J. Gravelle; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Ellis Hospital; Watervliet, NY
Rev. Anne Hall; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Seattle University Lutheran Church, ELCA; Seattle, WA
Rev. Katherine Hellier; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Zion Lutheran Church in America; Portland, OR
Rev. Jill Henning; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity Lutheran Church
Ms. Cheryl Heuer; Dean of Students and Registrar, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Berkeley, CA
Rev. Anita C. Hill; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Co-Pastor, St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church; Saint Paul, MN
Rev. Emory A. Hingst; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Florida Bahamas Synod; Tallahassee, FL
Rev. Alfred O. Hoerig; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Grace Lutheran SAWC, ELCA; Elgin, TX
Rev. Dr. John F. Hoffmeyer; Lutheran, Asst. Prof. of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA
Rev. David Holmquist; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Calvary Lutheran Church, ELCA; Eureka, CA
Rev. Magdalene Holm-Roesler; Lutheran, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, ELCA; Austin, TX
Reverend Dr. John B. Hougen; Lutheran, St. John's Lutheran Church; Melrose Park, PA
Pastor Timothy Hoyer; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church; Lakewood, NY
Pastor John Hugus; Lutheran, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Jacksonville, FL
Pastor Alexander Jacobs; Lutheran, Campus Pastor, Lutheran Campus Ministry at UW-Milwaukee; Milwaukee, WI
Reverend Denton R. Kees; Lutheran, ELCA; Stroudsburg, PA
Pastor Donald M. King; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Hope Lutheran Church; Cleveland Heights, OH
Rev. Donald J. Knecht; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, retired; Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Dr. Robert Kriesat; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Retired; Morristown, NJ
Rev. Frederick Lentz; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Andrew Lutheran Church; Parsippany, NJ
Rev. Mark Lingle; Lutheran, St. Francis Episcopal Church; Stamford, CT
Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Union Theological Seminary and Advent Lutheran Church; New York, NY
Rev. Catherine Malotky; Lutheran, ELCA Board of Pensions; Minnetonka, MN
Rev. Dr. David Miller; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Central States Synod, ELCA; Lenexa, KS
Rev. Gwendolyn E. Miller; Lutheran, Martin Luther Lutheran Church
Rev. Paul E. Mullins; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church; San Francisco, CA
Rev. Dr. Heidi Neumark; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Trinity Lutheran Church; New York, NY
Rev. Karen E. Norman Rees; Lutheran, Evangelical Lutheran Church; Peoria, IL
Reverend Edward D. O'Donnell Jr.; Lutheran, Reverend, VITAS Healthcare
Rev. D.M. Olson; ELCA Lutheran, Mother, ELCA; Milwaukee, WI
Rev. David C Parsons; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. John-St. Matthew-Emanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA); Brooklyn, NY
Rev. David Ethan Olson; Lutheran, Berwyn United Lutheran Church; Berwyn, IL
Rev. Janis Pauliks; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, MNYS; Brooklyn, NY
Reverend Dr. Gary Pence; Lutheran, Professor of Pastoral Theology, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary; Berkeley, CA
Rev. Pamela Griffith Pond; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Marin Interfaith Worker Justice; Novato, CA
Rev. Mary Robinson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; New London, CT
Rev. C. Franklin Samuelson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA Retired Clergy; Moline, IL
Reverend Gilbert Rossing; Lutheran, Retired, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America; Grapevine, TX
Rev. Ronald Rude; Lutheran, Lutheran Campus Ministry; Tucson, AZ
Prof. Loyal Rue; Lutheran, Professor of Religion and Philosophy, Luther College; Decorah, IA
Rev. Rodney W. Seeger; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Mill Valley, CA
Rev. Timothea Sharpe; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Midlands Pastoral Care Associates; Prosperity, SC
Professor Mary Shields; Associate Professor of Old Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary; Columbus, OH
Rev. Dr. Jim A. Siefkes; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Timothy Singleton; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, New Horizons Lutheran Church; Falcon, CO
Rev. Craig Sommer; Lutheran, St. Martin's Lutheran Church; Austin, TX
Rev. Susan F. Sprowls; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI
John Stendahl; Lutheran, Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Newtons, Newton, MA
Mr. William Stewart; Lutheran, Thornton Friends School; Alexandria, VA
Rev. Kevin Stickland; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church; Maryville, TN
Rev. Susan M. Strouse; Lutheran, First United Lutheran Church; San Francisco, CA
Rev. Wayne Tellekson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Minneapolis, MN
Rev. Andrew Tengwall; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lutheran Church of the Savior; Kalamazoo, MI
Rev. Gerald L. Thompson; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
Reverend Paul A. Tidemann; Lutheran, St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church; St. Paul, MN
Ms. Julie Tillberg; Lutheran, Hosanna Lutheran Church; Plattsmouth, NE
Rev. Thomas Von Fischer; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Retired; Minneapolis, MN
Reverend Gloria Weber; Lutheran, Interfaith Voices for Peace and Justice; St. Louis, MO
Rev. June Wilkins; Lutheran, St. Martin's Lutheran Church
Rev. Susan E. Wolfe; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, St. Matthew's Lutheran Church; North Hollywood, CA; North Hollywood, CA
Rev. Phyllis Zillhart; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Hospice Chaplain, Fairview Home Care and Hospice; Minneapolis, MN
Reverend Jennifer E. Zima; Lutheran, Pastor, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Falls Church, VA
Rev. Martin Otto Zimmann; Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, ELCA; Holland, OH
See the list of all endorsers here
In ancient times there were evil, demonically inspired people who would sacrifice their newborn babies to false gods. It was a fairly common practice, and I ask myself, “How could anyone do this?”
In the United States, from 1973 to 2008 over 53,310,000 unborn babies have been killed (aborted). (see here) We cut up, suffocate and burn our own children! We are just as bad, if not worse than those people of ancient past.
How does this happen in a land of so many Christians? I think the answer is found toward the end of a speech given by a young boy named Anthony Irsik. Irsik said, “I would like to leave a thought with you from Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Dr. Nathanson was one of the founders of the abortion movement. He helped provide 75,000 abortions, one of them being his very own child. He later became a pro-life movement leader. Nathanson explained to the public how he got abortion legislation passed. ‘We knew that the biggest obstacle in our way was not going to be the government or the media or academia. We knew we had those and could easily get those on our side. The biggest obstacle was going to be the church … (Abortionists) never would have gotten away with what (they) did had (churches) been united, purposeful and strong.’”
The Christian church needs to stand together to protect the right to life of the unborn. And if you are a member of a church or denomination which actively promotes and aids the killing of unborn children, you need to stand against them, stop supporting them and get out from their authority. (see a run down of denominations’ positions on abortion here)
As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America you should know where your church stands on abortion. You should find out if the ELCA is one of those churches that has made it possible for over 53 million babies to be slaughtered.
Check out this Exposing the ELCA page to find out more about the ELCA’s position on abortion. It is apparent to me that the ELCA has blood on their hands.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America came out with a social statement in 1999, called “Sufficient, Sustainable Livelihood for All.” In that statement, the ELCA declares their belief that our world has an overpopulation problem.
The ELCA’s social statement says, “We call for . . . support for family planning and enhanced opportunities for women so that population pressures might be eased.” (read here)
Are there “population pressures?” That is debatable. The fact that the ELCA is using “overpopulation” as a reason to have “enhanced” family planning opportunities is troubling. It should also be noted that the ELCA is calling for these opportunities for all women: “For all: especially those living in poverty.”
Knowing that the ELCA is pro-abortion, one should wonder what the ELCA is really saying here (or trying not to say). Is abortion a part of their overpopulation solution? Based on what we know about the ELCA’s support for abortion, (see here) there is little doubt in my mind that it is.