By Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. Follow Pastor Brock on Facebook (here) and twitter (here.)
Montana Bishop Jessica Crist has written a "pastoral letter" to the churches telling them that each congregation is to decide whether to perform gay marriages. "There is nothing in ELCA policy that requires you to do same-sex marriages. And there is nothing that prohibits it, where the law allows".
I couldn't help but think: Bishop, what about God's law? Nowhere in her "pastoral statement" does she mention Scripture. Of course, no one can find a Bible verse to support homosexual "marriage".
The ELCA is reminiscent of the Old Testament verse "Everyman did what was right in his own eyes." I'll say it again, it is time to leave the ELCA for a more biblical denomination.
(Read the Bishop's letter here. At the end of the letter are comments about the letter from Pastor Alan Baglien.)
1/8/2015 10:35:32 pm
If I were an ELCA parishioner who hadn’t already left because of the ELCA’s in-God’s-face heresies and apostasies, I’d probably bail out now in the face of the ELCA bishops’ and other leaders' condescending dishonesty toward me, especially in matters relating to the denomination’s ardent embrace of sexual sin.
1/11/2015 05:54:17 am
Any parishioner considering leaving the ELCA should be aware that the pastor will not acknowledge receiving any letter of resignation. So be sure to make a photocopy of your letter. You'll probably have to send copies to the entire church council. And you will probably want to emphasize that you are not inviting a debate; you are making a decision for yourself that requires action on the part of the church council: namely, that they remove your name from the church membership roster. Refer to section C8.04 of the Model Constitution for Congregations of the ELCA: "Membership in this congregation shall be terminated by any of the following: a. death; b. resignation...."
1/13/2015 02:33:51 am
Does it need to be that formal? I never wrote a letter; I simply met with my pastor and explained my concerns with the direction of the ELCA.
1/9/2015 02:01:38 am
This reminds me of the verses: "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth." The ELCA's teaching on homosexual marriage is that it is both good or bad -- whichever you like.
1/9/2015 12:59:10 pm
And they say the LCMS is "too congregational."
1/12/2015 03:36:19 am
Bishop Robert Schaefer said, "...there is no single position on same-gender marriage that can be said, with integrity, to be the position of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America." Bishop Schaefer's statement needs some clarification. Whenever the ELCA lobbies lawmakers, it is FOR legal same-sex marriage. It is only when the ELCA addresses its own members that it claims to take no position on the matter. Click the "Gay Marriage" category in the right-hand margin and read the following articles: Religious Freedom Under Attack by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; Radical Activist Elected to Second Highest ELCA Leadership Position; Bishop of Largest ELCA Synod an Activist for Gay Marriage; Liberal Lutherans Want Gay Marriage.
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