(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
If you go to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Advocacy blog (blogs.elca.org) you will get posting after posting of politics from the left of center. Here is how the ELCA's Rev. Dustin G. Wright of Messiah Lutheran Church in Schenectady, New York describes Jesus:
"Jesus was a refugee, a day laborer, after all, lynched in the manner of a political revolutionary by one of the most powerful empires the world has ever known specifically because he sought to challenge and change that system. While he talked about getting into heaven, for sure, this world, not the next, was the focus of his ministry....Jesus was a poor man. How then could followers of the Way of this poor revolutionary become identified with policing folks’ bedrooms but not saying much of anything about the systemic sins of poverty, racism, militarism and ecological devastation? The “moral narrative” of this country, influenced in part by a false, ahistoric and heretical brand of Christian Nationalism that has almost nothing to do with the teachings of Jesus, has quite simply become distorted."
Wow, who is doing the distorting here? Jesus mainly focused on this world and "sought to challenge and change" Rome? Jesus told Pilate “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world" (John 18:36). And I can't recall Jesus saying anything about "militarism and ecological devastation".
The ELCA claims to be a church based on diversity and inclusivity, a "big tent" where people of all views are welcome. But go to blogs.elca.org and take a look at the ELCA advocacy blog, see if you find any evidence that, say, unborn children should not be aborted or that Christians should promote traditional marriage. No, you won't find that in the ELCA (the ELCA pays for abortion for any reason in its healthcare plan and the ELCA now allows for homosexual "weddings"). Instead of diversity from ELCA headquarters, you will overwhelmingly get one point of view: liberal politics.
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock
9/4/2018 02:22:08 pm
This kind of garbage sums up exactly why we just started attending a NALC church. The typical ELCA church has lost what core message it had, and at best is now simply competing with every other liberal social service organization out there. At worst, it is promoting dangerous ideas like universalism and far-left liberalisml. It's no wonder people are leaving in droves.
10/23/2018 08:20:06 am
I'm struggling with future involvement with my ELCA church. I'm a fairly new member and loved the church years ago. Last Sunday, the sermon did not mention Jesus or the Scriptures one time, only the generosity of Lutherans and the success of immigrants. I need to know others feel like I feel. The Church has become so liberal, I am absolutely appalled, and feel lonely too.
10/23/2018 12:22:12 pm
You are not alone. Hundreds of thousands (over 2 million in 30 years) have left the ELCA over issues such as these and the ELCA's turning away from God's Word that is so evident (and I document on this website). It is okay to speak to others and see if they feel as you do. Many churches have ended their affiliation with the ELCA and if enough people feel like you do that could be possible. If not, find a Bible-believing church that preaches the Good news and from Scripture. May God give you wisdom, support and courage in this trying time.
10/23/2018 03:29:01 pm
May I please ask what NALC means? I'm looking for a new church. I'm only familiar with ELCA and the Missouri Synod. I know I'm not where I'm supposed to be. I commented below. I'm going to have to leave some brief friendships too. The liberal, human rights nonsense on Facebook has to go with the Church. I'm new to the area so have been compromising my core beliefs for the sake of having friends.
10/23/2018 05:35:24 pm
The NALC is the North American Lutheran Church. They formed around 8 years ago in response to the ELCA's departure from Scripture. As did the LCMC (Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ) about 20 years ago. They both are made up of mostly former ELCA congregations and are good options for you if they are in the area you live. Here is a list of other options if you are wanting a Lutheran church - https://www.exposingtheelca.com/alternatives-to-the-elca.html
10/23/2018 03:35:37 pm
Thank you Dan. The loneliness stems from being new to the area. I need to part ways with the liberal ladies at church too. It's hard to describe, but I've been tolerant and accepting long enough. God bless.
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