A few Evangelical Lutheran Church in America leaders are on or were on the board of advisors of World Population Balance, an organization focused on overpopulation and pedaling the idea that families should chose to only have one child.
Lowell Erdahl, retired Bishop of St. Paul Area Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, is currently on the board of advisors, while ELCA college professor Greg Krueger, Augsburg College, formally was on the organization's board of advisors. (See here)
World Population Balance's Mission statement is:
"We alert and educate that overpopulation is the root cause of resource depletion, species extinction, poverty, and climate change. Our mission is to chart a path for human civilization that – rather than causing greater misery – enables good lives on a healthy planet. We advocate and support a smaller, truly sustainable human population – through dramatic and voluntary reduction in birth rates." (See here)
See Ken Ham's Facebook post below about World Population Balance's "One Planet One Child" promotional campaign.
In a related note, ELCA has a long history and record of supporting abortion. See here.
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.
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1 Thessalonians 5:21
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