High Profile ELCA Pastor Believes Jesus, if not Single, Was In a Sexual Relationship With a Man
Clint Schnekloth is one of the most prominent and influential pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and his voice carries a lot of weight in the denomination. He is an author and blogger; he launched and facilitates the ELCA Clergy Facebook Group that has over 5800 members. And Pastor Schnekloth himself tells us that he -
In a letter posted on his blog he writes -
“This is why I'd like to say here what I often say to LGBT families in our congregation. Not only are you welcome. Not only are you tolerated. You are beautiful. Your same-gender partnership is attractive and a witness in our church. We want to learn from you.” (read here)
Again on the ELCA Clergy Facebook page, Rev. Schnekloth writes -
“Here is what I want to know. It seems popular these days to go with the Gnostic notion that Jesus was married. But this seems to fall right into the hands of heteronormativity. If Jesus wasn't single, it's pretty clear to me he was in a committed relationship with the beloved disciple, another man. Why do we assume he was attracted to women?” (posted here)
How sad that this man's view, this man's theology, is whole-heartedly accepted in the ELCA.
After reading Pastor Schnekloth's defaming of Christ and celebration of sexual sin, it is with gladness that I can tell you there was a massive split in the church (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Fayetteville, AR) that Rev. Schnekloth leads. Last month Rev. Schnekloth wrote -
“I'm doing a 'state of the church' sermon tomorrow. My plan is to name the reality of the new church that has broken off from us...” - (read here and for a news article of the new church read here)
It is almost unbelievable that anyone chose to remain under the leadership of this vocal, extremely liberal pastor. It is equally unbelievable that 3.8 million people have chosen to remain under the teaching of the satanically-inspired theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
3/4/2015 02:55:44 am
Amongst the 3.8 million souls left in the ELCA, many are homebound elderly folk who haven't a clue about the apostasy of the church body they belong to. Others may be children baptized into Christ but prone to being led astray from faith in Him when they grow up. Perhaps some are Sunday School teachers who are trying to give these precious little ones the only true Christian doctrine they may ever hear. (Just before I left my ELCA church, I was walking through the basement, past the open doors of the Sunday School classrooms, and on the chalkboard were the six days of Creation)
3/5/2015 07:08:21 am
What's odd is that after I left the ELCA, I *started* receiving newsletter mailings from the headquarters office in Chicago. I have no idea how to remove myself from their mailing list or how I even got on it to begin with! For all I know, they are still counting me as a member. They aren't doing themselves any favors by falsifying data...
3/5/2015 12:47:40 pm
A significant number of LCMC and NALC congregations dually affiliate with the ELCA. The LCMC and NALC websites do not tell us what the percentage is. So even if your congregation is LCMC or NALC, you're still part of an organization with considerable ties to and influence from the ELCA.
4/3/2015 05:10:50 pm
Or perhaps thousands are too apathetic and lazy to look into what the ELCA really stands for, and as such, are part of the problem themselves! But gee, my friends go there or I've been a member there are not good excuses to stay with an ELCA church. Christ himself warns us we can't be lukewarm, we need to take a stand. We need to do what is right BECAUSE it is the right thing to do, not simply choose to not decide.
9/28/2015 09:33:06 am
What kind of a Seminary did he come from? You don't question the Word of God. This man says what he imagines and thinks. People like him ruined ELCA. These are what you call the FALSE PROPHETS IN THE LAST DAY. I just hope the members of the Lutheran Church wake up and GET OUT! Lutherans don't read the Word, and better look up in their Website "ELCA is not Lutheran."
3/4/2015 09:48:29 am
Clint Schnekloth's views about Jesus are the worst thing from the ELCA that I have read so far. Horrible and evil. I agree with Chuck Braun that many in the ELCA are complacent and just hoping the whole thing will go away. In the Catholic Church this happened with the priest sex-abuse scandal. The grand difference here is that the scandal was about abuse and violations of Christian principles; in the ELCA, views like Rev. Schnekloth's are often the norm and are accepted by the leadership.
3/6/2015 03:18:59 am
Good gracious, Pastor Schnekloth "Bought foam core at Hobby Lobby"? Doesn't he realize that Hobby Lobby provides its employees with free (no co-pay) access to *only* 16 of 20 FDA-approved contraceptives? Is he not aware that Hobby Lobby is under a withering fusillade of calumny from feminists and liberals (probably a bunch of his fellow ELCAnites among them) for NOT covering contraceptives that can act as abortifacients? [ http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/381637/hobby-lobby-actually-lavishes-contraception-coverage-its-employees-deroy-murdock ]
3/4/2015 10:11:07 am
Rev. Clint Schnekloth cannot see the absurdity in statements like "God is homosexual" or "God is transsexual" because he doesn't actually believe in God, or else he has never in his whole life given a moment of serious thought to God.
Ring the Bell
3/4/2015 01:18:00 pm
I am no longer one of those 3.8 million. When I first started awakening to the antics of the ELCA, it was my hope that I'd be part of a resistance movement to keep it truthful to the Word.
3/5/2015 06:07:27 am
My "tipping point" has been reached. If the apostasy revealed last year at "Her Church" wasn't enough, this apostasy is over the top. While I'll pray for Pastor Schnekloth's soul and for his congregation to return to Biblical teaching, I'm leaving the ELCA and praying for the start of a local NALC or LCMC congregation.
Pastor Heidi Punt
3/6/2015 03:24:56 am
May God hear your prayer. Please note if I or the mission start congregation here at the foothills of NC mountains can help you, we will step up!
3/6/2015 07:58:07 am
It's a necessary, albeit often grievous, departure. Staying in today's ELCA, where heretical abandonments of Biblical Christianity crop up almost daily, is insupportable.
3/9/2015 01:17:03 am
This is why so many are leaving the Lutheran, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and other denominations and are becoming Orthodox Chrisitan instead: because of liberalism infiltrating the church. All of these denominations are bringing the world into the church rather than the reverse. The RCs are becoming more and more like the lutherans. Only the Orthodox Church, which is the original Chrisitan Church, has maintained its doctrinal and liturgical purity for over 2,000 years! Dissatisfied with this? Try the Orthodox Christian Church, and you won't be sorry! I recommend an OCA (Orthodox Church in America) parish, as it will be more relatable to those coming out of such churches. http://journeytoorthodoxy.com/
12/20/2015 09:36:55 am
Do not use too broad a brush when painting a picture of the Lutheran Churches - ELCA is a liberal abomination, LCMS (to which I have belonged for 40ish years) is conservative & scriptural, WELS is what I consider Orthodox & scriptural (although I think the sometimes go beyond scriptural). I don't know anything about the smaller branches of Lutheranism. One of the reasons people leave scriptural churches is because they don't want to be told the way they are living is wrong & ungodly.
3/9/2015 08:36:01 am
"Only the Orthodox Church, which is the original Chrisitan Church, has maintained its doctrinal and liturgical purity for over 2,000 years!"
4/24/2015 05:07:01 am
Why do so many ELCA pastors and leaders employ so much weaselly ELCAspeak in their public utterances and writings? Why are there so few ELCA leaders who straightforwardly say, as the Bible plainly says, that God’s sole design for sexuality is in the marriage of one man to one woman for a lifetime?
3/16/2016 01:17:30 pm
C S Lewis commented on the convergence between mysticism and certain aspects of western science and liberal Christianity in his book "That Hideous Strength". This is a process some Emergent leaders advocate for today:
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