(The following article is from Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here. Additional information added by Exposing the ELCA after the article.)
The below is from Pastor Dawn Bennett of a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America called "The Table" in Nashville where "we celebrate and embrace your gender, presentation, expression and sexual orientation." She writes:
"Listen Beloved, God loves you! As you are, who you are and where you are in your faith walk....
Did you know you are CREATED? And HOLY? And BEAUTIFUL? And WORTHY? Did you know it’s not what you do but who you are that makes you SO valuable? If you have not been told that you are a beautifully, wonderfully, expertly, and purposefully made child of “God” and that you are worthy and whole JUST AS YOU ARE (today and every day up till today), let’s talk. Really, I have latte money.
... After a few decades of lay ministry and a whole ‘lotta baggage from traditional church, I went in search of a more holistic and realistic way to experience “God”....I’m really quite approachable and fun loving, until someone says Jesus doesn’t love me…or you (LIES! LIES! LIES!). I use she/her pronouns and identify as cisgender and queer, which for me is comfortable... I am an ordained pastor to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament in the (ELCA) Lutheran Church." (see here)
Her website also states: "When you’re told you’re not “saved” it’s a lie. And when you’re told you’re not good enough, you’re not clean enough, you’re not loved, this too is a lie. Beloved, you are worthy, and loved just as you are. Believe it." (see here)
My response. Whatever happened to sin? Whatever happened to the word "repentance"? It is nowhere to be found in the above. Are we to tell sinners they are "worthy"? No one is worthy, we all deserve eternal Hell for our sins. Does God love sinners? Yes, hallelujah, which is all of us. But God loves us too much to leave us that way and He offers forgiveness of sins and new life to those who repent and put their faith in Jesus Christ. But, again, repentance is nowhere to be found in this church's website, just "love, love, love" and "radical hospitality".
Before the ELCA voted to ordain practicing homosexuals in 2009, this pastor's bishop could have disciplined her for promoting homosexuality and transgenderism. Today, her bishop is Kevin Strickland, himself a homosexual man with a "husband" and his Southeastern ELCA Synod website proudly displays a cross with a rainbow symbol.
This is the world of the ELCA. If you are still an ELCA member, time to take your money, time and talents and join a more Biblical denomination.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
4/13/2020 10:23:35 am
The last Facebook entry on the page -- "All the feels" -- perfectly encapsulates the entire ELCA Bible-starved hermeneutic: Sola Feels.
4/13/2020 02:40:24 pm
pure self promotion plain and simple
4/14/2020 12:47:50 am
As my pastor (who has one of the most solid grasps of theology that I've ever heard) says: "none of us is worthy, but don't mistake that for being worthless." That is the essence of Law and Gospel. It's a tragedy that the Lutheran name has been dragged through the mud with the idolatry that the ELCA endorses.
4/14/2020 08:15:09 am
Good thing the photo was identified as an ordination as thought it was a Halloween gathering or perhaps a Marti Gras celebration! Wonder how much tolerance & love there is for people for who do not completely agree with her point of view?
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