For the second time in the last two weeks an ELCA bishop is taking a public stand, advocating for homosexual marriage in his state. The Rev. E. Roy Riley Jr., bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America co-authored a column that was published by NJ.com, a New Jersey online newspaper.
In the column the ELCA bishop and two other faith leaders say, “(a)s representatives of faith traditions that struggled for decades with this issue, we know that attitudes about homosexuality do not change easily. Still, it pains us that so many opponents of marriage equality invoke a handful of scriptural texts — open to a variety of interpretations — to deny their fellow citizens equal treatment under civil law.”
The authors then list reasons why, they believe, the Biblical verses warning against homosexual relations should not be followed.
Then they state, “(t)hanks to the wisdom of the First Amendment, differing theological notions about the nature of marriage will continue to flourish across our diverse religious landscape. But a state has neither the right nor the competence to promote one of those theological understandings in opposition to others — particularly when doing so deprives some citizens of the rights enjoyed by others. . .It is our prayer that the state’s legislators will find the wisdom to act with . . . impartiality and justice.” (see here)
This is your ELCA leadership. Denying the clear reading and teaching of scripture (God’s word). Encouraging people to immerse themselves in sin. Trying to persuade state legislators and the public to support what they want, gay marriage.
(blog from 2-2-2012 reporting on ELCA Bishop, Chris Boerger, of the Northwest Washington Synod public statement in support of homosexual marriage)
2/16/2012 11:54:09 am
If the state has "neither the right nor the competence"to define marraige, then why is Bishop Riley urging the state to redefine marraige?
2/17/2012 07:40:42 am
Amazing. While the LCMS President is standing up for religious liberty in Congress, ELCA bishops are standing up for fashion ... wherever it is that ELCA bishops stand.
2/17/2012 07:43:05 am
And I wonder from whence this ELCA bishop's special "competence" to comment upon civil equality derives? From the same place as his "competence" to comment upon biblical matters derives? From a Cracker Jack box!?!?!
2/18/2012 06:25:56 am
Martin Luther must have seen the ELCA coming.
3/21/2012 03:14:02 pm
Rev. E. Roy Riley Jr., bishop of the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is really saying he does not believe the bible. I've stopped attending my Lutheran Church, at which I have been a member for many years. Bishop Riley is retiring soon, thank the Lord. Perhaps I'll return if the new bishop understands what the bible is warning us about sin (homosexuality and otherwise).
2/11/2013 01:50:18 pm
Roy Riley is the perfect combination of incompetence and tyranny. I don't know when he plans to retire, but really--it's about time! He's held on to the job like a pope (and even the pope knows when it's time to retire!). He's truly one of the worst bishops in the ELCA--and you know that's saying something. Bishops like Riley make the devil's job so much easier.
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