(The following article is from Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
He is risen! (Yes, I said “He”).
Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Saint Paul, Minnesota is a congregation of the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This past summer the ELCA in convention voted to use more expansive language for God. This means, among other things, the ELCA desires to include more female imagery for God (God as “Mother”, etc).
But back in 2015, Pilgrim Lutheran was already doing this. See the below from their website on how strange things get when a congregation wants to abandon using exclusively “Father, Son, Holy Spirit“ language for God.
In Jesus our Savior,
From Pilgrim Lutheran’s website:
“Use language that is expansive in communicating the nature and activity of God. Consider using one or more of the following strategies:
Choose non-anthropomorphic language for God (examples: Eagle, baker, hen,bread), being careful not to limit these by following them with male or female pronouns.
Choose titles that suggest the activity of God but do not imply gender. (Examples: Advocate, Healer, Refuge, Sustainer, Creator)
Use second person language to speak to, instead of about, God.
Replace pronouns with articles (for example, “God sent His Son” could be changed to “God sent The Son”)
Keep in mind that although Jesus was male, his humanity is more significant to our faith than his gender. Consider using terms like Christ, Teacher, Emmanuel, Savior, Redeemer, Word in addition to or as substitute for Lord or other exclusively male descriptors." (See here)
8/6/2020 12:41:06 pm
ELCAspeak translated: "Anyone with a nanogram of Bible knowledge can see that we've concocted our own god, so of course we'll call our god fabrication whatever we like...as long as the world approves, you understand."
8/6/2020 02:05:41 pm
Their mission statements says they are divesting of their endowment of fossil fuels. Certainly they would not think of using natural gas or electric heating of the building! All staff members must be using bicycles or walking where ever they go as certainly could not use those "evil" cars or buses for transportation. All congregation members must be encouraged to do the same in their own households to follow the example of Caring for Creation!
8/6/2020 08:59:25 pm
Can you imagine one of these wackos living in Jesus day? Standing there wagging their finger at Jesus saying, you are not going to see the “Father,” cmon now.... you’re going to see the androgynous life force. Jesus said there will be deceivers in the last days.
8/7/2020 12:18:44 am
At least they said that Jesus was a male, and it may be true that his becoming one of us, a human being, is more important than his sex. (They, like all contemporary writers, use the term "gender" when they mean "sex," but I just can't go there.)
8/7/2020 03:30:48 pm
This picking and choosing what they believe & don’t believe or what to name things from the Bible is a lot like a sports team say baseball. So there is a team that calls themselves a baseball team, but they make up the rules as they go. No, our team gets 10 strikes per player and 12 outs per inning. We can’t be tagged out. Outrageous stuff. It ceases to be baseball and is some other whacked out game. They cease to be a baseball team and become some rogue team in a made up sport of their own making. That is the ELCA, they have ceased to be Christian. They are some rogue New Age thing.
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