The ELCA magazine The Lutheran recently reported on the happenings at this spring's ELCA Synod assemblies. It is no surprise that the synods of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who continue to become more liberal and less Biblical, are fixated on promoting homosexuality and denigrating Israel. The Lutheran reported on the 26 synod assemblies that took place in May 2013, highlighting some resolutions brought before those assemblies; it was not a comprehensive list. Of the resolutions highlighted, 22 were focused on and supportive of homosexuality and related issues and 11 dealt with Israel, promoting positions held by anti-Israel supporters. (see here)
Here are some of the anti-Israel resolutions mentioned in The Lutheran:
Here are some of the pro-homosexuality resolutions:
Also, in a recent news release by the ELCA addressing the upcoming 2013 ELCA Churchwide Assembly in Pittsburgh, PA, they summarized the actions that the voting members at the assembly will consider this year saying,
“Proposals (known as memorials) from the ELCA’s 65 synods include topics such as gender identity discrimination, the Uniting American Families Act, community violence, ministering to same-gender couples and their families, immigration reform, hydraulic fracturing, and the Middle East.” (read here)
An update from Dean Kallenbach:
July 12 - The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America announced:
In a move toward advancing sustainable theological education the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) approved on July 11 a merger between Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, Calif., and California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, Calif. The Church Council serves as the ELCA board of directors.
(read the rest of the news release here)
Twin Cities Word Alone facebook page wrote of the news saying, "ELCA Church Council approves another seminary and university merger. The word is third is on its way. Enrollment overall is down. Why do less students want to go to ELCA seminaries?" (see here)
The ELCA is a failing denomination that has built its house on the sand. The rock of Christ Jesus and God's Word have been abandoned by the ELCA. In Matthew 7:26-27, Jesus said, "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
In light of the Supreme Court decision on homosexuality, here is a comment I read about the ELCA a couple weeks ago.
When the ELCA voted to overrule the Bible’s clear proscription of homosexual behavior, ELCA leaders appealed to the subjective whim of everyone’s “bound conscience.”
The Rev. Shelley Wickstrom, Bishop of the Alaska Synod participates in Alaska Gay Pride Festival. (see here and this is another picture of the bishop for verification here)
Metropolitan New York Synod posted this on their Facebook page: “Hey--we recognize those people! Pastor Mark Erson and Pastor Heidi Neumark celebrated the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act yesterday at the Stonewall Inn.” (see the Metropolitan Facebook page here)
Sierra Pacific Synod Bishop Mark Holmerud referencing the ELCA 2009 decision to ordain practicing homosexual pastors said the ELCA is now “a better reflection of the light of Christ." (see video below)
Based on the bishop's comment, it must mean that those that disagree with the 2009 ELCA decision must be a “poorer reflection of the light of Christ.”
The Bible says it well -
“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” Matthew 7:15
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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