The evidence accumulating against the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America teaching universalism (that all people are saved) is overwhelming (see here and scroll down here). Sadly, there are many ELCA members who are in denial, ignorant of this fact or do not know that the teaching is non-biblical. That is why I continue to compile evidence in hopes that God will open the eyes of these members so that they will see the dangerous false teaching coming from their denomination.
Today I'd like to share with you three more instances of the ELCA teaching universalism. The first is from the self-promoting ELCA preacher/author/speaker Nadia Bolz-Weber. During a sermon given October 2014, the stench of universalism filled the sanctuary when Bolz-Weber preached, “So I believe with all my being that those who leave this world, even by their own hand, are held in the same pure love of God from which they were born. If they could not feel the truth of God’s love in life, they are surrounded by it in the life everlasting.” (see here)
The second comes from Rev. Scot D. Ruffatto of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Mukwonago, WI (ELCA) who writes:
“Just a thought, if there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus does that also include God’s apparent favoritism in the Bible? Or even the condition of having to believe?” (see here)
And lastly, from Matthew Frost, a Ph.D student at the ELCA's Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago:
“I make no secret of the fact that I am a universalist, and a very particular one. I believe that the whole creation is in fact redeemed in Christ, without concern for moral change, ontological change, or 'regeneration.'" (see here)
4/8/2015 10:44:32 am
"The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth." (Matt. 13:41-42)
4/9/2015 12:20:30 pm
[more from The Christ-Rejecting World Loves the ELCA Dept.]
4/9/2015 06:15:41 am
Denominations that rewrite the Bible’s teachings on sin must of necessity also rewrite its teachings on heaven and hell.
4/9/2015 01:55:47 pm
"I believe that the whole creation is in fact redeemed in Christ, WITHOUT CONCERN FOR MORAL CHANGE ... OR 'REGENERATION.'" (Matthew Frost)
4/10/2015 01:50:57 am
Our local church in Ohio has a pastor who has preached Universalism from the pulpit on numerous occasions--including Easter!!! The one day of the year where preaching Crist Crucified as the Way is mandatory. We we told God is the god of the Iranians and Chinese. Ugh. Life long Lutheran and ELCA member by default since the founding, I am now ready to leave!! I no longer believe we can reform the church from the inside.
4/12/2015 11:33:59 am
MissionDoc, ready to leave -- it's about time, yes? If you are at home in the Lutheran tradition, there are many NALC and some LCMC congregations all over Ohio. I hope you will find far more positives there than negatives in your current situation. And maybe others are waiting for you to make the first move. God bless your search.
4/14/2015 12:50:21 am
John, indeed I am. I have found a NALC church about an hour away, but well worth the drive. The message last week was one mission from the ELCA for at least a decade--Jesus is the WAY. It is amazing how good it was to hear that preached. I left uplifted. Ironically, three other people from the ELCA church made the drive independently to the NALC congregation!
4/12/2015 11:51:24 pm
It may be a grievous departure, but it's a necessary departure.
4/10/2015 01:36:29 pm
Well written and well documented. One has to wonder why a denomination woul call itself "Evagelucal" if there seems to be no gospel needed. If everyone goes to heaven, why evangelize? Why did Christ die? Why is there a lake of fire? Why do we even need the Scriptures?
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