"I think what we need are Christians who are serious Christians. I think we had a cultural Christianity in America...but to have people who go to church but don't really know why or don't really believe those things, we've got a lot of those. I call them Mainline Protestants... but most people who go to Mainline Protestant churches, why have they ceased going? Because at some point it became culturally acceptable to stay home on Sunday because 'nobody believes that stuff anyway.'" - Eric Metaxas
ELCA Pastors Prayed for the Decision of 'Full Inclusion' In The United Methodist Church: Bishop Eaton+ Respond to the Decision
The United Methodist Church (UMC) met this week in what is called their General Conference. On the docket for this week was a vote to allow practicing homosexual pastors and gay marriage. Below are some social media posts by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastors posting their support for homosexual Methodists and for the same-sex marriage.
The vote failed. Methodists from many countries voted overwhelmingly to stand with God's Word, which calls homosexuality a sin and something of which one should repent.
In response to the UMC vote, ELCA Presiding Bishop Eaton issued a statement where she talked about the ELCA's 2009 vote to "opened the way" for same-sex marriage and practicing homosexual pastors saying, "though a controversial decision at the time, our 2009 action has brought strength and blessings for our life and mission beyond what we could have imagined a decade ago. This church treasures the faithful ministries of those rostered leaders who help us witness to God's love and invitation for all people. Their ministries are integral to who we are as this church." (See here)
Before the Vote
After the Vote
An ELCA seminary:
An ELCA church:
Savanna Sullivan, an ELCA employee and the Director of @ELCAYoungAdults -
ELCA Pastor Melissa Bills -
Dan Glamann, Retired Assistant to the Bishop, Central States Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) -
An ELCA church:
ELCA pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber -
ELCA Pastor Norma Cook Everist, "Distinguished Professor of Church and Ministry emerita," Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. -
The radical deniers of Scripture are at work in the United Methodist Church (UMC) as well as the ELCA. "(M)ore than 900 (UMC ministers) . . . have pledged to perform same-sex weddings, despite the church's prohibition against such ceremonies. This widespread ecclesiastical disobedience threatens to tear apart the covenant which holds The United Methodist Church together." (read here)
In response, a website called faithfulumc.com is gathering signatures from faithful UMC clergy and laity for two letters which communicate their deep concern regarding the pledge made by the 900 ministers. These letters will be sent to the UMC's Council of Bishops. Please pass on the following link to your Methodist friends and family members who may be interested in signing their name to one of the letters. (link)
Those of us who are ELCA members know the destruction that happens when the world's thoughts supplant the Word of God in our denominations. Please keep the United Methodist Church in your prayers so that they would continue to stand on the clear teaching of Scripture.
In ancient times there were evil, demonically inspired people who would sacrifice their newborn babies to false gods. It was a fairly common practice, and I ask myself, “How could anyone do this?”
In the United States, from 1973 to 2008 over 53,310,000 unborn babies have been killed (aborted). (see here) We cut up, suffocate and burn our own children! We are just as bad, if not worse than those people of ancient past.
How does this happen in a land of so many Christians? I think the answer is found toward the end of a speech given by a young boy named Anthony Irsik. Irsik said, “I would like to leave a thought with you from Dr. Bernard Nathanson. Dr. Nathanson was one of the founders of the abortion movement. He helped provide 75,000 abortions, one of them being his very own child. He later became a pro-life movement leader. Nathanson explained to the public how he got abortion legislation passed. ‘We knew that the biggest obstacle in our way was not going to be the government or the media or academia. We knew we had those and could easily get those on our side. The biggest obstacle was going to be the church … (Abortionists) never would have gotten away with what (they) did had (churches) been united, purposeful and strong.’”
The Christian church needs to stand together to protect the right to life of the unborn. And if you are a member of a church or denomination which actively promotes and aids the killing of unborn children, you need to stand against them, stop supporting them and get out from their authority. (see a run down of denominations’ positions on abortion here)
As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America you should know where your church stands on abortion. You should find out if the ELCA is one of those churches that has made it possible for over 53 million babies to be slaughtered.
Check out this Exposing the ELCA page to find out more about the ELCA’s position on abortion. It is apparent to me that the ELCA has blood on their hands.
I ran across an article recently which told a story of a United Methodist Church in a nearby city that had lesbians play Mary and Joseph in a church nativity. I thought this was information more people should know about so I passed the story on to a well known internet news website, WorldNetDaily. They responded within half a day, decided to write an article on it and asked me for some quotes. Here is the article.
(Of course the ELCA is in full communion with the United Methodists.)
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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