"For many years, learned people, clergy and lay, have warned that the ELCA is in dangerous theological waters. It has been increasingly clear in recent months that not only is the ELCA in dangerous waters but is also a sinking ship as it relates to the true expression of Christ’s church.
The reality is that the ELCA is not the church the average Lutheran person in the pew thinks it is. For many, the church is what they see every Sunday and what they participate in during the week in church related activities. However, in giving dollars to the ELCA by way of benevolences is actually promoting a non-Lutheran and even a non-Christian understanding of salvation and the role of Christ’s church in this world. . ."
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5/18/2010 09:33:53 am
A well-written article, but sad to read nonetheless. ELCA members and former ELCA members are going through some difficult times and you are in my prayers.
6/29/2017 07:44:40 pm
I recently confronted the same alternative Gospel referenced by Rev. Larson. I grew up in the Lutheran church and, until recently, never encountered a theology, within our church, that proclaimed salvation to all, no hell and no sin. This alternative gospel minimizes the impact of Christ's death, His role as the Lamb of God, and the awesome bridge He created to the Father. Based on my concern for this non-biblical theology, I contacted the ELCA synod office hoping they would be as concerned as me. Unfortunately, the leader I spoke with was not shocked and referenced the alternative theology as one of the theologies accepted in our ELCA. How does a Christian leader reconcile this universalism with God's word? How does a Christian leader negate the words of Jesus, Paul, the apostles, the Old Testament Prophets, The Apostles Creed, etc. and still claim to be part of the church? Thank you for raising this awareness.
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