(The following article is from Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
As the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America shrinks in membership and donations, so do its seminaries. Two ELCA seminaries in Pennsylvania had to merge, Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota had to sell off some of its buildings and in 2017 the building of the ELCA seminary in California was sold to a Muslim College. The President of California Lutheran University (which owned the California seminary property) was delighted to sell to the Muslim college: "We are delighted that the property is going to another nonprofit, faith-based educational institution". The President of the Muslim College stated "We are humbled and honored by this beautiful display of interreligious cooperation."
This past summer the ELCA in convention passed an interreligious resolution stating that we do not know what God thinks of non-Christian religions. A delegate tried to amend that, stating that the Bible teaches Jesus is the only way of salvation (John 14:6). His amendment was voted down by 97 percent.
We should grieve that a once Christian seminary building is now being used to promote Islam, but instead the President of the ELCA's California Lutheran University is "delighted". Such is the new world of ELCA interreligious cooperation.
I have written many posts about how radical my alma mater Luther Seminary has become with its chapel services featuring transgender preachers, "God the Mother" worship, Native American "Great Spirit" worship, and the commemoration of National Coming Out Day and Transgender Week of Remembrance. I cannot help but think of the Bible's teaching "You reap what you sow." For years the ELCA has sown arrogance and rebellion against the Scriptures, and slowly but surely the ELCA has reaped its own decline.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
7/13/2020 11:17:05 am
Wow, think of how much money the Israelites could have made if they'd sold Solomon's Temple to Baalites at a pre-586 B.C. price. "You can own this beauty right now and enjoy it for hundreds of years before Nebuchadnezzar gets here."
7/14/2020 11:51:46 am
This denomination has a terrible habit of picking & choosing Biblical passages they do and don’t believe in. Kind of like a buffet. Well, if there are some quotes from Jesus you don’t believe in, then you make him out to be a liar. So then why do you believe in Jesus Christ in the first place? You make him out to be a liar. Just who do you believe in??
7/13/2020 03:32:36 pm
This report is unbelievable. Reminds me of my father being so disgusted that, when Mt Olivet Lutheran built it's "new" sanctuary about 60 years ago, their sold their old church, right across the street, to the Jehovah Witnesses.
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