(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
At its recent convention, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America passed a resolution to take a second look at its 2009 decision to allow both conservative and liberal views on homosexuality. Some feel this needs to be amended because the LGBT community does not feel “welcomed“ in some ELCA congregations.
Conservatives, on the other hand, have not felt welcomed in the ELCA for years. Here are a few examples:
As ELCA seminaries become more radical and shrink in numbers, some seminaries have had to sell off buildings. Two ELCA seminaries in Pennsylvania had to merge. When it was discovered that the new president of the newly merged seminary held a conservative viewpoint on homosexuality years ago (she has now become more liberal), people became upset and she had to resign. Who replaced her? The ELCA’s first homosexual bishop with a “husband” is now the president of the ELCA’s United Seminary in Pennsylvania.
Another example is the ELCA’s national magazine Living Lutheran, which regularly highlights the liberal view on transgenderism and homosexuality but will not allow a conservative viewpoint in its pages.
The ELCA‘s head bishop, Elizabeth Eaton, in recent years has done an annual “gay pride video“ celebrating homosexuality and transgenderism.
Such examples show the “tolerance“ of the ELCA is a tolerance of the left. If you are a conservative, you are being pushed to the margin.
I remember many years ago when I was still in the ELCA, we were asked at a church convention to get to the microphone and answer the question “Who is the ELCA pushing out of our church?“ Liberal pastors immediately said “Our LGBT brothers and sisters” (that was back when you could say “brothers and sisters“, which is now too binary, Elizabeth Eaton talks about “our LGBT siblings“). I got to the microphone and said “No, the people being pushed out of this denomination are Bible-believing Christians who desire to follow the Word of God.”
That was true back then. It is tragically much more true today.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
9/27/2022 02:07:34 pm
The ELCA planned its purge of biblical Christians decades ago; it just whitewashed its intentions with the unctuous lie that it would "respect everyone’s bound conscience." Occasionally, though, the truth slipped out:
9/27/2022 05:53:34 pm
Oh, where to start..... It is for sure that conservative views are
9/30/2022 06:35:39 am
Unsaved, unconverted pastors are dragging their denominations down with them.
9/28/2022 11:06:01 am
The persistent antinomian, disinhibited behavior of the current ELCA before the Churchwide Assembly and the lack of empathy or concern for the "bound conscience" of a conservative Lutheran within their midst is more in keeping with psychopathy. It is as if the law written upon the heart no longer exists among the modern day ELCA Lutheran, but has been nullified and expunged by a false gospel. And this has happened to such an extent that any suggestion that its own theology may be in error is met, not with caution or self-reflection, but with outright hostility. And so the hard-hearted ELCA Lutheran simply doubles-down on their own biases and is convinced by a narcissistic self-righteousness that it is always that other guy who is at fault.
9/28/2022 06:42:59 pm
Pastor Brock: "...the LGBT community does not feel 'welcomed' in some ELCA congregations."
9/30/2022 06:47:26 pm
They only pay lip service to believing in Jesus. They are Marxist, Democrat, China, RINO, Soros operatives.
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