When ELCA church members discuss the assembly decision, you often hear the comment, “It won’t affect us,” as a reason to stay in the ELCA. This is a false statement, but I find it interesting. Where in the Bible does it say we are only to care about what affects us? When did Jesus say, “Do not look out for the needs of your neighbor, it’s all about you?” He doesn’t.
The ELCA’s decision to defy the Bible affects every member, Christian, future member and any person who has heard about the ELCA’s decision. Every member must decide if they will adopt the ELCA’s position as their own; will they compromise their view of scripture, and will they be led by a denomination which teaches this? Because of the ELCA’s precedent and promotion of this teaching, every Christian must know and explain why they do or do not adhere to this belief. Current or future ELCA members will learn from the ELCA synods, publications, study materials, colleges, pastors, etc. that homosexual sex is “good.” Pastors who believe the Biblical view on homosexuality will not address the subject or if they do they likely will face discipline for not supporting the ELCA’s position. Additionally, a seed has been planted in the hearts of those that have heard of the ELCA’s decision, that the Bible is not right and homosexual relations are a gift from God.
What great damage the ELCA has done! What destruction they have brought upon people with same-sex attractions. I know this sounds harsh but the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has done a detestable and evil thing.
What our denomination did does affect us. All Christians should care that some of their sons, daughters, friends, relatives and brothers and sisters in Christ are being led into bondage and false teaching.
If you believe that to be a true statement, then out of love for Jesus and for people suffering in sin, pray for them and the ELCA. Out of love, tell people what the ELCA is doing. Stop supporting this denomination. Flee. Your presence in the ELCA gives them greater voice and resources to preach their non-Biblical world view. And one other thing, it will affect you.