ELCA Pastor Lashes Out in Sermon at Exposing the ELCA, Calls Us “Lutheran Version of the WestBoro Baptist Church”
Taking a page out of the liberal extremists’ playbook, an ELCA pastor in a sermon to her congregation said that Exposing the ELCA was the Lutheran version of the hateful, deranged WestBoro Baptist Church. You know, the people that are famous for carrying awful signs and protesting at military funerals.
Here is the back story. A couple weeks ago, Exposing the ELCA posted a blog titled, “The Most Bizarre Sermon I Have Ever Heard: An ELCA Pastor Celebrates Transgenderism.” (see here) It highlighted a sermon given by ELCA pastor Andrea Roske-Metcalfe.
Days later Rev. Roske-Metcalft took to the pulpit of Grace Lutheran Church of Apple Valley, MN saying,
“Our congregation was featured this week on the blog of Exposing the ELCA. This group has been around for several years. They’re basically the Lutheran version of the WestBoro Baptist Church because they really only exist to hate other people. In this case, they exist, in particular, to hate the ELCA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, which is our denomination. Because we love too many people. Because our understanding of God is too expansive. You know, because we don’t think the LGBTQ people are sinning simply because of who they are. Because we celebrate all manor of gender identity and expression. Because we are interested in interfaith conversations. Because sometimes we call God “she.” Because Jesus wasn’t white. And because we believe that Black Lives Matter. Because we believe that, in order to, take the Bible seriously, we can’t possibly take it literally. Because not all of our pastors are heterosexual cisgender men…” (listen here)
Grace Lutheran Church also took to Facebook with this post:
(If you have Facebook you can view the church's post, "likes," and comments here.)
This is certainly malicious rhetoric by the ELCA pastor, but much of what Rev. Roske-Metcalfe said is an indictment on the ELCA. What this all comes down to is that far-left radicals control the ELCA. They twist Scripture and ignore the rest. They advocate positions that go against God's Word and are harmful to the people they think they are supporting.
What you need to understand is that ELCA leadership does not respect conservative, Bible-believing Christians/members; in fact they loathe you. They put up with conservatives for their financial backing, for the power and influence a larger membership gives the ELCA and for your family and children that they hope to influence toward their worldly, anti-Biblical values and viewpoints.
If you are tired of the ELCA leftists:
- demonizing you for holding to the truth
- calling you homophobes, bigots, Islamophobes, haters, transphobic, racist, white supremacists, xenophobes and misogynists
- lying about you
- destroying people’s faith and
- encouraging people to live out sinful, harmful lifestyles,
it is time to get your family out of their churches, stop funding them and stop giving them a larger voice in this world. Leave and find a God-honoring church.
As you can see, Exposing the ELCA is on the front lines. Please pray for this ministry, that Exposing the ELCA will continue to make a difference in God's Kingdom.
And if you would like to help Exposing the ELCA continue to reach people with the truth of God’s Word and the ways the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is misleading people and mocking God with their false-teaching, gifts to Exposing the ELCA can be made here.
8/30/2017 12:09:20 am
"Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." Matt 5:12
9/2/2017 09:29:15 am
"The message they proclaim is not good news. Like those heralding a new emperor as the coming of a god, they are worshiping at the altars of misplaced compassion, human approval, and appealing lies."
8/30/2017 06:44:41 am
Here are just a few reasons Martin Luther -- in his own words -- is included in Rev. Roske-Metcalft's defensive "the Lutheran version of the WestBoro Baptist Church" calumny.
W from MN
8/31/2017 12:21:35 pm
Talk about hate filled comments coming from the some of the pulpits when anyone disagrees. Looks like some of the ELCA kings "are really not wearing any clothes" but their intolerant extreme opinions also seem to be supported by many of the ELCA folks in prominent leadership roles. Even though there are some very good candidates is it any wonder why seminaries are having financial problems with the very liberal ministers being churned out in too many cases!
Dave from Minnesota
9/5/2017 03:48:02 pm
I'll ask it again here (rhetorically) since this is specifically about what I view as an "anything goes" ELCA congregation.
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