(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
At its recent convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America passed a resolution to take a second look at its 2009 decision to allow both conservative and liberal views on homosexuality. Some feel this needs to be amended because the LGBT community does not feel “welcomed“ in some ELCA congregations.
Conservatives, on the other hand, have not felt welcomed in the ELCA for years. Here are a few examples:
As ELCA seminaries become more radical and shrink in numbers, some seminaries have had to sell off buildings. Two ELCA seminaries in Pennsylvania had to merge. When it was discovered that the new president of the newly merged seminary held a conservative viewpoint on homosexuality years ago (she has now become more liberal), people became upset and she had to resign. Who replaced her? The ELCA’s first homosexual bishop with a “husband” is now the president of the ELCA’s United Seminary in Pennsylvania.
Another example is the ELCA’s national magazine Living Lutheran, which regularly highlights the liberal view on transgenderism and homosexuality but will not allow a conservative viewpoint in its pages.
The ELCA‘s head bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, in recent years has done an annual “gay pride video“ celebrating homosexuality and transgenderism.
Such examples show the “tolerance“ of the ELCA is a tolerance of the left. If you are a conservative, you are being pushed to the margin.
I remember many years ago when I was still in the ELCA, we were asked at a church convention to get to the microphone and answer the question “Who is the ELCA pushing out of our church?“ Liberal pastors immediately said “Our LGBT brothers and sisters” (that was back when you could say “brothers and sisters“, which is now too binary, Elizabeth Eaton talks about “our LGBT siblings“). I got to the microphone and said “No, the people being pushed out of this denomination are Bible-believing Christians who desire to follow the Word of God.”
That was true back then. It is tragically much more true today.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
Interesting take on the future for traditional believing pastors in the ELCA by Ryan Cordle, a student at Luther Seminary.
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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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