The Holy Bible tells us that Abraham was willing, in obedience to God, to sacrifice his promised son Isaac. But this month Luther College, a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) celebrated a Muslim festival - a festival that honors Abraham for his willingness, according to Islam, to sacrifice his son Ishmael, not Isaac.
A prominent Iowa newspaper, The Waterloo Courier titles their news article, “Luther kicks off year of interfaith celebrations with Muslim festival,” and tells us that “Luther’s observance of this sacred Muslim festival (Eid al-Adha) will include a brief program, where students will share their related experiences . . . The event is sponsored by Luther’s Muslim Student Association, College Ministries, Diversity Center and Interfaith Association.” (read here)
Similarly, a young women who is part of the ELCA's Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) Jerusalem/West Bank program describes how, at a local school YAGM works with, “we celebrated Eid Al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), a major Muslim holiday, observed in remembrance of Abraham’s faithfulness toward God, even to the point of sacrificing his son. God instead shows mercy by telling Abraham to sacrifice a sheep in place of Ishmael.” (read here)
Participating in, celebrating and promoting non-Christian religious festivals goes against God's first commandment. Don't forget, we are talking about “a college of the church,” as ELCA colleges are proud to promote (and an ELCA youth internship program.) One might wonder why a college of the church would endorse a false teaching which goes against the Bible.
Here is yet another example of the ELCA leading young people away from God and His truth.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
Former ELCA seminary student and former ELCA member who is fed up with the ELCA's consistent mockery of God's Word.
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