I just read the current issue of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's official magazine. There are three letters to the editor responding to the magazine's recent glowing article on the ordination of the ELCA's first transgender pastor. All three letters are on the "pro-gay" side. Perhaps there were people who wrote sharing disagreement over this latest tragedy in the ELCA and perhaps the editors did not choose to print them. On the other hand, the one place (often the only place) one can find a conservative opinion in The Lutheran is in the Letters to the Editor section. I'm guessing here, but perhaps no one wrote to complain about the ELCA's endorsement of transgender clergy. If you know the history of The Lutheran magazine, it has been liberal for a long, long time. And its subscription rate has dropped hugely over the years. I am guessing that many of the conservatives who would have once written in have long since cancelled their subscription. When the ELCA ordains a transgender pastor and no one complains, wow, have things gone wrong.
When I pray for the Church these days, I pray that those churches which are heretical will repent. I also pray that those churches which refuse to repent will die. I pray the people in those churches will be moved into good, Biblical churches. This indeed is happening. The growing churches in America are the Bible-based, often non-denominational, churches. And the churches which are dying are the ones which have abandoned the authority of Scripture to embrace homosexual and transgender pastors, universalism, de-sexing God language, and lessening of missions (the ELCA, United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church in America, Presbyterian Church USA).
Please pray for Christ's Church today, that the Lord would grow the churches which honor Him and shrink those which do not.
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock