(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
Lutherans believe in "Sola Scriptura", that the Bible alone is the highest authority for the Christian. Since the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, and since the Holy Spirit and Jesus are one in the Trinity, Jesus and the Holy Spirit-inspired Bible are not going to contradict each other.
But read the below in which the bishop of the Minneapolis Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approvingly quotes the belief that Jesus and the Bible can contradict each other.
"We Lutherans believe that the Bible truly matters. But, it doesn’t matter as much as the Word made Flesh. It doesn’t matter as much as Jesus. To quote Marcus Borg, “Jesus is the norm of the Bible. When the Bible and what we see in Jesus conflict, as they sometimes do, Jesus trumps the Bible. … In Jesus, Christians see more clearly than anywhere else the character and passion of God.”
Years ago my Minneapolis bishop was Herbert Chilstrom who went on to become the first national bishop of the ELCA. He did not want anyone teaching in our Lutheran seminaries who believed in the infallibility of Scripture. Today, years later, this is the result: Lutheran bishops, pastors, and seminary professors who believe Jesus and the Bible can contradict each other.
Pastor Tom Brock
(Read article from ELCA bishop here)
3/15/2023 07:11:17 pm
It's understandable why ELCA pastors/bishops/professors are no fans of the Bible: it condemns their favorite sexual sins, their universalism heresy, their complicity with murder in utero, and their disdain for God's Word (not to mention the Word made flesh). For Christians, God's Word judges them (Hebrews 4:12). Pretend Christians habitually arrogate to themselves the "right" to sit in judgment on the Word whenever it rebukes them or calls them to account: "But to the wicked God says: 'What right have you to recite My statutes or to take My covenant on your lips? For you hate My instruction and cast My words behind you.'" (Psalm 50:16-17)
3/15/2023 07:55:50 pm
I am so grateful to have found this website.
3/16/2023 03:21:48 pm
Thank you for helping to keep us focused. The sadness I feel is that the divisive language has believers. How do we counter and proclaim the Love of God's Word? The math is so simple but yet abused.
3/19/2023 08:27:20 am
The ELCA knows the Bible's a dangerous thing in the hands of parishioners, whom it very well might inspire -- by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit -- to seek the Lord, repent of sin, follow Him and honor His Word.
Your comment will be posted after it is approved.
Leave a Reply.
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.
If you have been helped and blessed by Exposing the ELCA's ministry, please help us continue to proclaim the truth of God's Word to ELCA members who need to hear it.
Give online by clicking the "donate" button below:
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. - Ephesians 5:11