Rev. Stephen Bouman, executive director for congregational and synodical mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) recently attended a meeting designed “to maintain religious dialogue and seek action together for peace” between "Iraqi Sunni, Shiite, Christian, Turkmen and Kurdish religious leaders." The ELCA news service reports that at the gathering Rev. Stephen Bouman said “A second tenant [sic] is that no one gathered has special access to God; there is no absolute inside track to God.” (see here) Maybe Rev. Bouman has never read or doesn't believe what Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
11/21/2014 06:08:05 am
I was very surprised to see that these religious leaders do not know the difference between "tenet" and "tenant."
11/23/2014 05:14:28 am
[Re: Dan’s post of the ELCA News Service’s press release "ELCA bishops support Obama’s immigration reform announcement,” on which site comments are, naturally, disallowed. I tried posting most of the comment below on the SW Minnesota bishop’s page, but the post was, naturally, disallowed. Only ELCA-approved, sycophantic responses are allowed on official ELCA websites, illustrating again the self-evident motto of ELCA bishops and leaders: “All your bound consciences are belong to us."]
11/23/2014 05:30:29 am
". . . Third, we come to the table as interpreters of our own religious texts," said [Rev. Stephen] Bouman.
11/23/2014 07:57:27 am
Apparently Bouman himself has no "inside track" to God. He himself has stated so. However, other Christians do through Jesus Christ, as scripture proclaims in many places. If Bouman chooses to denounce and reject God's blessing to him, that his right -- and his folly. He should not presume to speak for others who know and love Christ.
11/25/2014 04:52:14 am
The problem is The leaders of ELCA have perverted Martin Luther's teaching. They have decided to interpret the bible to suit their feelings.
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