If you send your children to an ELCA college or seminary, do you know what the professors are teaching them? Before you send another check in support of these institutions you should find out what you are supporting.
It is also important to remember that our present and future pastors and leaders of our churches have studied and are studying at these institutions. What they learn while they are there will be what they bring to their congregations, for the length of their ministries.
Here is a list of ELCA professors that came out in support of the ELCA proposed and now approved decisions taken at the Churchwide Assembly in 2009.
Here is another statement and list of resent and former faculty of Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. (I believe seven signers are repeats from the list above)
Present Faculty Members
The Rev. Dr. Julius Carroll, Associate Professor of Contextual Education
The Rev. Dr. Daryl S. (Tony) Everett, Dewey F. Beam Professor of Pastoral Care
Dr. Lynn Feider, Director of the Library and Professor of Bibliography
The Rev. Shauna Hannan, Assistant Professor of Homiletics
Dr. Robert D. Hawkins, Leonora G. McClurg Distinguished Professor of Worship and Music, Dean of Christ Chapel
Dr. Susan McArver, Professor of Church History and Educational Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Brian Peterson, Professor of New Testament
The Rev. Dr. James Thomas, Associate Professor of Church and Ministry and Director of African American Ministries
Retired and Emeriti Faculty
The Rev. Dr. H. George Anderson, President Emeritus
Dr. Agneta Enermalm – Tsiparis, Professor of New Testament, Emerita
The Rev. Dr. Carl F. W. Ficken, Professor of Theology and Culture, Emeritus
Dr. Scott H. Hendrix, Professor of Church History, Retired
The Rev. Dr. Paul T. Jersild, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Emeritus
The Rev. Dr. Nicholas K. Mays, Professor of Contextual Education, Emeritus
The Rev. Dr. Harold Park, Professor of Christian Education, Emeritus
The Rev. Dr. H. Frederick Reisz, President Emeritus
The Rev. Dr. Thomas Ridenhour, Professor of Homiletics, Emeritus
The Rev. Dr. Charles P. Sigel, Professor of New Testament, Emeritus
The Columbia Declaration
"For many years, learned people, clergy and lay, have warned that the ELCA is in dangerous theological waters. It has been increasingly clear in recent months that not only is the ELCA in dangerous waters but is also a sinking ship as it relates to the true expression of Christ’s church.
The reality is that the ELCA is not the church the average Lutheran person in the pew thinks it is. For many, the church is what they see every Sunday and what they participate in during the week in church related activities. However, in giving dollars to the ELCA by way of benevolences is actually promoting a non-Lutheran and even a non-Christian understanding of salvation and the role of Christ’s church in this world. . ."
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This speaker will be teaching at a youth conference organized and hosted by an ELCA seminary, the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC).
From the a LSTC website -
Sacred Stories: Youth Faith Formation in an Interfaith World The 2010 Youth in Mission Conference for Youth Ministry Workers - April 12-13, 2010
Keynote Speaker: Hannah McConnaughay, Program Associate in the Outreach Education and Training Department of the Interfaith Youth Core
Saveelca.blogspot.com reports more details of the keynote speaker.
"Hannah McConnaughay of the Interfaith Youth Core, will present Youth Ministry in the 21st Century: Navigating Religious Diversity and Identity." McConnaughay's work in the Outreach Education and Training Department of the Interfaith Youth Core takes her to college campuses and conferences to promote religious pluralism and offer skills trainings. She is developing a nationwide interfaith curriculum for youth in the Unitarian Universalist Association and is a former site coordinator of Inspired to Serve, the first federally funded interfaith service program. McConnaughay is a Christian committed to the call to work for justice. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Economics from the University of Chicago and has worked in the fields of rape crisis, social work, and educational enrichment programming."
This individual is working for the Unitarian Universalist Association. For those that don't know, this is not a Christian denomination. They describe themselves this way, "Unitarian Universalism is a caring, open-minded religion that encourages seekers to find their own spiritual path. Our faith draws on many religious sources, welcoming people with different beliefs." (see here)
They go on to say "Unitarian Universalism is a theologically diverse religion in which members support one another in our search for truth and meaning. We have historic roots in the Jewish and Christian traditions, but today individual Unitarian Universalists may identify as Atheist, Agnostic, Buddhist, Humanist, Pagan, or with other philosophical or religious traditions. We promote reason and tolerance in our communities and embrace a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. As members of a non-creedal religious tradition, we Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to discern our own beliefs about different spiritual topics."
The ELCA is going the way of universal salvation and now they are letting people who develop youth curriculum for an Association that believes "all paths lead to God" mentor the youth leaders that teach our kids. This is a serious thing. There is only one way to heaven, and it is through Jesus Christ. This is about people's souls. Don't let the ELCA drag your children to hell with their false universal salvation teachings.
We all know by now that the ELCA accepts and embraces practicing homosexuals as pastors and church-wide leaders. And they bless and encourage same-sex unions. The ELCA has been working for years to implement their agenda. (You can read about the ELCA homosexual agenda here.) But did you know that the ELCA's agenda also involves your children?
Lutherans Concerned/North America (LC/NA) is an organization who's mission is, "Working at the intersection of oppressions, Lutherans Concerned / North America (LC/NA) embodies, inspires, advocates and organizes for the acceptance and full participation of people of all sexual orientations and gender identities within the Lutheran communion and its ecumenical and global partners." (See here)
This organization "was officially invited to participate in the ELCA National Youth Gathering, held July 22—26, 2009 in New Orleans. LC/NA was invited to host a 10’x10’ booth in the 'Interaction Center' of the Youth Gathering." (See here) The ELCA officially invited this group to the youth gathering. Two things should be noted. The National Youth Gathering was held before the same-sex votes at the ELCA church-wide assembly in Aug. 2009. Also, even though the ELCA says every church has a right to decide for themselves what policy (God's or ELCA's) they will follow, the ELCA's view will be "preached" by the denomination as a whole.
After a lot of browsing around the LC/NA's website I think it is pretty safe to say that this group is not in the habit of calling homosexuality a "sin," as God does in the Bible. The purpose is not to tell kids that homosexuality is not God's will for them. The ELCA wont say that. So we should not be surprised that the ELCA is now trying to indoctrinate our children with their blatant denial and rejection of scripture.
We are all sinners and the loving thing to do is to help sinners out of their sin. (If you haven't read "Loving your Neighbor: What does love mean?" by Rev. David N. Glesne, please do. It is a must read.)
If you want your children and your children's children to be taught the ELCA's version of truth then stay in this denomination. If you believe God's word is truth, then for the sake of your children, get to a church that believes it!
Time for some good news! God's truth is being heard. The message about the ELCA is getting out there. But there are millions yet that need to know what their denomination is teaching. God has allowed us to be part of it. I really feel this is His ministry and something He has called us to do.
As I said, people are hearing the message. Here are some numbers as far as people we are reaching.
Over the last month ExposingtheELCA.com has had 4174 visits with 10754 pageviews.
Since we first began in the middle of December 2009, ExposingtheELCA.com has had 8,502 visits and 23,536 page views.
Exposing the ELCA's Facebook page has had 1,039 visits this week (380 visits last week). We also have 187 fans.
I don't say this to "toot our own horn." The goal of Exposing the ELCA is to inform the 4 million plus members of the ELCA what their (me included) denomination believes and teaches. If the members, upon hearing this still want to be members and support the ELCA thats fine. But it is my hope that millions will decided to lead their ELCA church to a new denomination or find a different denomination that believes the Bible.
Thank you all for the part you have played in reaching our brothers and sisters in Christ. Praise our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I believe this is just the beginning.
You can also view this video on the Home page of Exposing the ELCA
Exposing the ELCA readers were asked "What ELCA issue concerns you the most?" Here are the results of our poll:
1) "View of the Bible" received 54% of the votes (78 total votes)
2) "View on homosexuality" received 19% of the votes (27 total votes)
3) "Support of abortion" received 10% of the votes (14 total votes)
4) "Policies against Israel" received 1% of the votes (2 total votes)
5) "Called to Common Mission received 1% of the votes (2 total votes)
Thank you for voting. The take a minute and vote in our new poll.
For all you pastors wondering what you should talk about during Lent, the ELCA has the answer for you. Not Jesus. Not God. Not the resurrection. Not forgiveness of sins and victory over death. Let's talk about ENVIRONMENTALISM!
That's what the ELCA was suggesting last year. Now I believe that most christians want to be good stewards of that which God has given us, but is this the time and place for it? Evidently the ELCA thinks so. The ELCA is promoting it. ELCA Link.
Peruse this "Environmental Lenten and Holy Week Worship Resource" and you will find a lot of helpful ways to put the main focus this Easter on the Earth, rather than the Creator of Earth.
Be sure to check out this wonderful resource,
"A Tenebrae for the Earth" Worship Service. (pdf file) If you like over-the-top liturgy that makes a mockery of who Jesus is (as a friend of mine said), this resource is for you.
Seriously, this is the ELCA. If you agree with this and the host of other issues Exposing the ELCA raises, stay with them. If you disagree, organize and inform your church friends as to what your denomination is doing. Then seek a new affiliation as a church or join a Bible believing church yourselves.
"The ELCA has released proposed drafts of its revised standards for pastors and other rostered leaders. These documents are called 'Vision and Expectations' and 'Definitions and Guidelines for Discipline. . .'"
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We all know that in August of 2009, at the ELCA Church Wide Assembly, the delegates voted to adopt a resolution that committed the ELCA to a find a way for people in publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships to serve as rostered leaders. It was a bold move against Holy scripture. The liberal, homosexual supporting leadership found a way to pass their agenda.
Let's be honest here, do we really think that the ELCA
will . . .
1) Deny homosexuals from being rostered that are not in a monogamous relationship?
2) Deny homosexuals from being rostered that are seeking, but not in a lifelong relationship?
3) Deny homosexuals from being rostered that have been dating someone for only a week? What about one month? The ELCA language says it has to be "lifelong."
4) Deny homosexuals from being rostered that are not "public" about their relationship?
5) Remove rostered leaders including pastors that "break up" with their same sex partner? Because they are no longer in a lifelong relationship.
I want to be very clear here. The ELCA was trying to and has pulled one over on their membership. The ELCA doesn't know or care about the answers to these questions. They just wanted to use sugar coated language and manipulate scripture in their quest to officially allow practicing homosexuals into ELCA leadership.
It has been going on for years. I have been in correspondence with an ELCA pastor who stated that over the last 15 years two male pastors have tried to cross boundaries with him sexuality. This was before August 2009, when the the ELCA only allowed homosexuals to be rostered employees if they were celibate.
The ELCA had an well planned out agenda. To come up with a "passable" defense against the Bible's clear teaching on homosexuality. To declare homosexuality is not a sin. To allow homosexuals to teach, lead, and preach. To encourage homosexuals to live out their (God declared sinful) behavior. And to get their membership to believe it!
We can see this now and we all should have seen it then. Jan Mickelson, a Midwest radio host said it this way, "the fact that human beings, representing the church of God, in 2009 can be so gullible, as to swallow this nonsense that has only been invented in the last 20 years by the gay lobby, in order to torture the people of faith. In order to take over the denominations. They said they were going to do this. They said they were going to rewrite scripture. And they said they were going to take over the institutions. They are doing it. Only because the alleged people of God are stupid and gullible." - Jan Mickelson, radio host, WHO
People of the ELCA, we allowed this to happen. God will not be mocked. Lets not be pawns anymore. Invite every ELCA member you know to join a Bible believing domination.
I wanted to share this story with you about a man who died, went to heaven and then came back. I find this, and stories like it, inspiring and encouraging to my faith. Who doesn't want to know more about what heaven is like? Or to know what to expect when we die? I hope this testimony does the same for you as it has for me.
And because this is the Exposed Blog and Exposing the ELCA website, I'd like to point out when the gentleman in this story encountered Jesus, Jesus quoted scripture to him. Also notice how God uses scripture throughout this story.
The Bible is, no doubt, God's written Word. (how can we be part of a denomination that tears it apart, casts doubt on it and out right rejects it?)
View Ian McCormack and The Lazarus Phenomenon
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Former ELCA seminary student and former ELCA member who is fed up with the ELCA's consistent mockery of God's Word.
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