The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America promotes that everyone, worldwide, is saved by grace. This theological position flies in the face of sound Biblical teaching. That's why you will not hear ELCA leadership respond to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” with a Biblical answer like “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31) or “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38).
This false understanding of salvation for all plays out clearly through the ELCA's policy for the very small number of missionaries that they send out. ELCA missionary Rev. Angela Zimmann lets everyone know what her job is NOT as a missionary of the church. She writes,
“My job as a missionary in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is not to convert anyone to anything. The 'accompaniment model' for missionary work, to which we subscribe, is defined as walking together in solidarity, practicing interdependence and mutuality.” (read here)
Jesus said, "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 27:19). Yet in complete opposition to the Prince of Peace, an official website of the ELCA churchwide published an article whose author clearly states,
“I usually associate evangelism with an effort to convert nonbelievers to Christianity, something that makes me very uncomfortable. Too often the desire to bring about conversions grows out of a belief that nonbelievers need to be 'saved' from eternal damnation by adopting the Christian faith.
To the extent that evangelism is about 'saving souls,' I want nothing to do with it.
I approach matters of faith and belief with humility, unwilling to assert the superiority of my own religious beliefs over those of others.” (read here)
Can it be true? The ELCA and its missionaries do not seek to bring anyone to knowledge of God and faith in Jesus? There is no doubt. The ELCA once again admits it on their website Living Lutheran -
“Today, missionaries with the ELCA serve in 48 countries. . .Most missionaries from Europe and North America are now lay people with special expertise, rather than clergy intent on conversion.” (read here)
I imagine that the enemy of God is very happy that the ELCA does not seek to save anyone who does not know Christ as Lord and Savior. So if ELCA missionaries and ELCA leaders are not interested in bringing the lost to Jesus, then what is the point?
10/23/2013 09:50:58 am
"I approach matters of faith and belief with humility, unwilling to assert the superiority of my own religious beliefs over those of others.”
10/23/2013 03:23:21 pm
First paragraph makes a position statement. Second paragraph flaty contradicts the point of the first.
10/23/2013 12:35:44 pm
The "Social Justice" [false] Gospel reigns supreme in today's ELCA; Rev. Zimmann's perspective is certainly a far cry from the hard work & sacrifice of the Confessional Augustana Missionaries of the 1930s thru the 1970s.
10/24/2013 12:29:45 am
The liberal mainline Protestant churches have had seminary professors and theologians who denied the Divinity and the miracles of Christ's Incarnation, Virgin Birth, Penal Substitutionary Atonement and Resurrection for years. Finally in the 1960's, their false views began to be made open and eventually tolerated by the laity. So in essence, the ELCA theology has reduced Jesus from being the Christ who brings eternal life through His death and Resurrection to simply being a nice man who was a passionate advocate for social reform.
10/24/2013 02:24:46 am
An ELCAnite explains his denomination's "missions" philosophy: "To the extent that evangelism is about 'saving souls,' I want nothing to do with it. I approach matters of faith and belief with humility, unwilling to assert the superiority of my own religious beliefs over those of others.”
12/3/2013 03:13:47 am
Amen, Gene! Wouldn't they also be examples of Gnosticism as well being antinomian?
12/14/2013 01:00:21 pm
Salvation is the prerequisite to evangelism, that's why I understand the position of those who say they don't evangelize. You can't teach what you don't know.
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