(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here. At the end of his article, you will find a few additional comments by me.)
Elizabeth Eaton, the head Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, said in an interview that there may be a Hell, but she thinks it is empty. Contrast that to the teaching of Jesus, who said in a number of places that there is a Hell and there will be people going there (Luke 16:19-31, for example). Bishop Eaton is tragically wrong. Is it any wonder that Bishop Eaton spends time talking about transgender rights, racism, immigration, etc. but to my knowledge has never talked about the need to believe in Jesus to be saved from Hell. Some time ago she was quoted to say that it is not the business of the Church to save souls, that is God's job. Yes, Bishop Eaton, but Jesus has given that job to the Church in His last words on earth (Matthew 28:19) to "Go ye therefore and make disciples".
As long as liberal Protestant leaders like Eaton disbelieve Jesus' words on Hell, liberal mainline denominations will be all about political causes, and will neglect the main thing Christians are called to do: preach the necessity of faith in Christ for salvation (Acts 16:30-31).
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
Here is the response from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton when she was asked, "Is there a hell?" -
Eaton: “There may be, but I think it is empty.”
Interviewer: "Why is that?"
Eaton: “Well, Jesus was clear in John chapter 3 that when He is raised up he will draw all people to himself. And if we take a look at salvation history, ever since we got booted out of the garden, it has been God’s relentless pursuit to bring His people to God. Now, people wonder “can you say no?” I imagine you can say “no” to God. I don’t think God is going to give up on us. And if God has eternity, than God can certainly keep working on those folks. So that might be a little bit of a heresy along the lines of Origen, but no, I don’t think God gives up.”
If you doubt that the ELCA teaches universalism, here is the ELCA's presiding bishop making it clear. If hell is empty, all people are saved. That is universalism. It is a dangerous heresy, a false teaching, which puts individuals' eternal destiny at risk: faith in Christ is not needed. Live it up, worship other gods, reject Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you will still go to heaven according to the ELCA's top bishop.
Of course, the Bible directly says this is not so. Heaven and hell are real and people and angels will populate both. It is time to flee this false-teaching denomination. They are playing with people's eternal lives. They are not telling them the truth of how to be saved. This could not be more serious. Tell your friends and family so they are not led astray either. Share this and pray they will read it and see the truth.
9/10/2017 09:58:09 pm
Eaton's full quote is conclusively universalist. Here it is:
9/12/2017 01:04:57 am
Just saw even more of the quote (from another site), where Eaton admits her own heresy:
3/19/2018 12:07:12 pm
Finally we have obtained ecumenical agreement with Rome. Frankly the Bouncer espouses the same heresy.
7/20/2020 10:23:11 am
We are members of an ELCA church but after reading what the Bishop is saying, we are going to think about leaving the ELCA. I am very sad that the ELCA would even THINK of employing a Bishop with those beliefs. That is so anti Bible. I can't believe she is still on the payroll !
7/20/2020 03:47:27 pm
It is not Biblical. Jesus talked about Hell more than anyone. Sadly, there are lots (a large majority) of ELCA Bishops and pastors who believe this, that everyone will go to heaven,and if there is even a hell it will be empty. See this link for more documentation. https://www.exposingtheelca.com/on-universalism--hell.html
9/21/2020 09:11:38 pm
The ELCA desperately needs a Father Altman.
9/21/2020 09:23:32 pm
Thank God that God compelled my wife and I to leave the ELCA Lutheran Church after being members for over 60 years. By being out of this evil church our redemption and salvation is more assured.
9/11/2017 04:22:56 am
Bishop Eaton is carrying on the ELCA's tragic "tradition" of the heresy of universalism.
9/12/2017 02:21:56 pm
ELCA church members better wake up. This is not the Lutheran Church Luther reformed. He was a man that went by the Word and lived by the Word. ELCA is the False Prophets in the last days that the Word spoke about. This lady Eaton is full of a demon and not the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit condemns her beliefs.
6/24/2018 08:30:44 am
The ELCA bishops are, not just covering up rape of children, as confessed to in this book by a justifiably appalled ELCA insider. (I'm one of the many "widows" mentioned in the Preface of this book, so I know all about how the ELCA pastors and bishops cover up the sexual assault of Lutheran children.)
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