Yes, this is an ELCA church. Turning a symbol the represents Christianity into a symbol that represents evolution, mocks Christianity and God's Word.
The vast majority of pastors and leaders in the ELCA hold the viewpoint that God's account of creation is historically wrong. They reject it, as they do with many other parts of Scripture. Over 2400 ELCA leaders signed a Clergy letter in support of evolution and rejecting the Biblical account of creation told in the book of Genesis. (see here)
When I posted the article of the 2400 ELCA leaders, on an ELCA clergy Facebook page, Rev. Mark Molter, an ELCA pastor, responded saying: (language warning)
4/18/2018 09:25:54 am
Evolution's compatibility with Christianity is not to any material point. Evolution is incompatible with science. It can't stand on its own, let alone relative to Christianity or anything else. Evolution-- if looked at carefully-- doesn't explain the "how" of anything. It is a presupposition looking for observational support which after at least 150 years of looking has not been found. It is one changing story after the next. If it were real science, it could be relied upon in the same way we rely upon heat to boil water or principles of aerodynamics to make planes fly. Instead, the only constant about it is that it "must" be true. It can be stripped down to about one sentence: Because today we observe many things, at one time there must have been one thing and that one thing must have morphed into the many things we observe today. There is an alternative choice for a second sentence. One is: Evolution does not deal with the origin of the initial one thing. The other is: The initial one thing came about by chance. These assertions are not supported by any real science. Its only support is the consensus of people who say it must be true-- in spite of the lack of observational support.
4/18/2018 12:43:13 pm
Mr. Hedlund's comments are spot on.
4/18/2018 09:42:11 am
When posters use offensive language to advance their opinions you can bet they are afraid. This ELCA pastor who represents a liberal left position on this issue is afraid that his way of seeing things just might be wrong and that God's word in the scriptures might have a different and equally valid position contrary to science.
4/18/2018 10:40:28 am
George, well said.
4/18/2018 08:26:18 pm
This ELCA pastor obviously thinks he needs to correct Jesus' misbeliefs about creation and history.
Dave from Minnesota
4/19/2018 09:15:20 am
I don’t have a problem with people who believe in evolution over the literal interpretation of creation as given in the Bible. But here’s the problem with what this church is doing. Believe or not, I am friends with anti-Christian bigots. The Christian fish with the legs symbol isn’t simply a sign showing belief in evolution. Its origin is as an anti-Christian hate symbol. It was a way for Christian-haters to advertise their hate on the back on their cars.
4/19/2018 10:56:04 am
Gods word is inerrant. To deny genesis is to deny His word. Shame on those that claim to know the Lord and deny His word....you will have a one on one with that very same Creator you deny...
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