_Here is a statement made by ELCA Bishop, Chris Boerger, of the Northwest Washington Synod to the Washington state Senate Government Operations, Tribal Relations & Elections Committee:
"Mr. Chairman, I am Chris Boerger, the bishop of the Northwest Washington Synod of the Evangelical Church in America . . . In 2009, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voted to commit itself to find ways to allow congregations who choose to do so, to support and hold publicly accountable lifelong monogamous same gender relationships . . .One of the people who had questions about our doing this said, "Bishop, isn't that marriage?" And my response is, "Well, in everything but name." The reality is, the Lutheran church has always held that it is the state that defines what marriage is; it's the church that then blesses people who enter into that relationship. We have now stated our desire to bless those who are publicly accountable in lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships. We can't call it marriage, you can . . . we ask for that freedom." (see here, beginning at the 1:12:20 mark)
I find it very interesting that this high level ELCA leader said that the ELCA sanctioned gay marriage in 2009. The ELCA leadership used to claim that they did not. They wouldn’t even admit they were “blessing” gay unions.
This isn’t the first appearance of Bishop Boerger on Exposing the ELCA. Here is a story we linked to in which he boldly stated, “It is ‘blatant sin’ for human beings to fail to protect creation.” (see here) The Bishop makes a highly questionable and subjective declaration like this, yet he encourages people to embrace a sinful lifestyle which is clearly in opposition to scripture. What a picture of the leadership of our dying denomination.
C L Seamon
2/2/2012 04:50:38 am
2/2/2012 06:16:26 am
C.L - Where in the Bible does it say that “It is ‘blatant sin’ for human beings to fail to protect creation?” I wonder how a christian can declare it is sin and then outright deny that sins actually listed in Scripture are not sins And who's definition of "protect creation" do I follow. God ordained animal sacrifices in the OT do not seem very "protective of creation." It is not sin, yet I would bet there are many liberals who would say that is a sin.
2/23/2012 11:20:48 am
The proponents of same-sex marraige seem not to know the facts of life. 100% of same-sex unions are barren. In order for such a couple to produce a child, one of the partners must pair up with a third party outside the marraige. Such undesirable entanglements may exist among opposite-sex couples (see Gen. 16:1-6), but to plan on it from the outset is just crazy.
3/28/2012 02:17:51 pm
"We have now stated our desire to bless those who are publicly accountable in lifelong, monogamous, same-gender relationships. We can't call it marraige, you can...." Apparently Bishop Boerger regards legal marraige as merely a means of enforcing a pledge of fidelity. But the state doesn't punish infidelity except by way of divorce, which is granted (for a price) to anyone who wants it.
3/30/2012 05:57:41 am
And does anyone believe that the ELCA leaders who are promoting "publicly accountable lifelong monogamous same gender relationships" (legal same-sex marraige) actually intend to discipline gay couples who divorce, given that ELCA congregations rarely if ever discipline heterosexual parishioners who divorce?
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