The managing editor of Living Lutheran, the national magazine of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a partnered lesbian. The ELCA's magazine (formerly "The Lutheran") has been promoting homosexuality for a long time now, but below is a recent article highlighting the work of a transgender Lutheran pastor (a woman who identifies as a man). The ELCA has ordained practicing homosexuals since a church-wide vote on the issue in 2009. More recently, with no church-wide vote, the ELCA began ordaining transgender pastors. A few months ago Portico, the ELCA's healthcare plan, announced it will begin paying for sex change operations (with offering dollars) in its healthcare plan for pastors and their families. Portico stated this decision was made after consulting with ELCA leaders.
I recently heard a powerful sermon by Pastor John MacArthur entitled "We Will Not Bow." He stated that since the Supreme Court decision to legalize homosexual marriage America has been living in the days of Romans chapter one, where God gives people over to their lusts. It is tragic that the ELCA has been deceived into following the culture rather than Christ on these issues.
In Jesus our Savior,
Pastor Tom Brock
Read the Living Lutheran article here.