Portico Benefit Services, "a ministry of the ELCA," announced "Effective Jan. 1, 2016, ELCA-Primary health benefits will cover services including mental health therapy, hormone therapy, and sex reassignment surgery..."
The ELCA health plan covers employees of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which includes "rostered leaders, lay church workers, retirees, and family members..." (see below)
The money which members give to their local ELCA church, intended for God's use, will now be used to pay for the sex-change operations of ELCA employees and their family members who want to change their gender. (a desire that is medically impossible)
Instead of helping struggling people embrace the way God made them, the ELCA wants you to pay the bill so a man can try to look like a woman, and a woman try to look like a man. Mutilating and abusing their body on your/God's dime.
Don't forget that the ELCA health insurance also covers abortions for ELCA employees and family members, a fact that has upset thousands upon thousands of members. Forcing Bible-believing ELCA members to pay for sex change surgery, etc. should do the same.
(Update: Below you will see a Portico Benefit Services document for 2017 stating more details of their transgender related coverage.)
Here is a closeup of the highlighted section about gender reassignment surgery that is covered:
Also, you can view the Executive Director of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries comments about ELCA/Portico's decision here.
12/4/2015 06:28:26 am
Predictably, Martin Luther opposes this latest ELCA apostasy.
12/4/2015 05:10:41 pm
"He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord." (Deut. 23:1)
12/5/2015 10:31:57 am
Does anyone else notice the irony in that the ELCA (which generally regards homosexuality as natural and normal) is promoting sex-change operations (which are a barbaric quack "cure" for homosexuality) ?
12/5/2015 05:27:16 pm
heh. heh. nice observation!
6/29/2016 08:33:48 pm
The ELCA is getting farther away from what I have been taught for 70 plus years. It is also moving away from what the Bible teaches. Maybe it is time to leave the ELCA!
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