Almost every other month we get another group of Evangelical Lutheran Church in America bishops and pastors publically advocating for same-sex marriage and calling on voters to do that same. This time it is comes from the state of Illinois.
Twenty-seven ELCA pastors and ELCA bishop Wayne Miller, ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod, signed a letter, along with 230 other clergy saying, "As people of faith and as citizens of Illinois, we ask you to . . . support the freedom
to marry." (read here)
A newspaper article in The New York Times, "Illinois Clergy Members Support Same-Sex Marriage in Letter Signed by 260" reported that the Illinois legislature is likely to take up legislation on same-sex marriage in January.
Speaking to The New York Times, "The Rev. Kim L. Beckmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who lives in the Chicago area, said she was drawn into the movement 'as my gay and lesbian parishioners were welcomed into our congregation.'
'I have participated in blessings of these unions for longer than we’ve even been talking about marriage,' she said. 'I’m thrilled to take this step.'”
Laurie Higgins, cultural analyst for the Illinois Family Institute, who supports traditional marriage, commented that the clergy letter "is signed quite obviously by faith leaders who have adopted radical, ahistorical, heretical theological views . . . Their views are informed not by careful exegesis, but by personal desire and political convictions.” (read here)
Here is a list of the ELCA leadership who signed the letter -
Bishop Wayne Miller, ELCA Metropolitan Chicago Synod
Rev. Dan Hoeger, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Paul Carlson, New Life Lutheran Church, ELCA
Dr. Esther Portnoy, St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Dr. Kim L. Beckmann, ELCA
Pastor Liala Beukema, Lake View Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Erik C. Christensen, St. Luke's Lutheran Church of Logan Square, ELCA
Rev. Michael Fick, Ebenezer Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Fred Kinsey, Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Craig Mueller, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. John Roberts, Unity Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Julie Ryan, Christ the Mediator Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Seminarian Kyle Severson, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Michelle Sevig, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Carrie Smith, Bethany Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Dr. Robert Smith, Bethany Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Keith Fry, Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Lloyd Kittlaus, University Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Betty Landis, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Jim Honig, Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Patrick McGuire, St. John’s Lutheran Church
Rev. William Veith, Our Lord's Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Dennis Kelly, Lutheran Church of the Ascension, ELCA
Pastor Kathy Nolte, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Dan Schwick, Lutheran Advocacy of Illinois, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Kenneth Storck, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, ELCA
Pastor Stacie Fiedlar, St. John's Lutheran Church, ELCA
Rev. Suzanne Anderson-Hurdle, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, ELCA
1/7/2013 03:21:58 pm
The cover for the January 2013 THE LUTHERAN is focused on the lead article: "The Shrinking Church." In reading the article, there was no mention of the ELCA's ambiguous and revisionist approaches to scripture that may be driving folks out the door. So it goes.
3/24/2013 07:38:58 am
I attend An ELCA Church because my wife,daughter, and 2 grandchildren were baptized at one a couple of years ago. I am the lone voice against abortion and also a voice defending the Biblical view of marriage between one man and one woman. If some one does not speak biblical truth to these leaders then no one will ever hear it. Sometimes the most lost are people in these liberal churches. Abortion is murder everytime it is tried. Before God formed us in the womb he knew us. Some good people in these churches just seperated from the truth.
1/8/2013 02:07:46 am
My immediate thought is this: The seminarys need to teach a course entitled, "The Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Reproductive System and how to Keep it Holy" based on Biblical Standards.
1/13/2013 02:29:15 am
Would also add pathophsiology to the course.
1/8/2013 08:12:29 am
Don't know if you saw this -- it's pretty good. I think sooner or later the Natural Law will kick in and people will wake up.
1/8/2013 09:58:28 pm
Dan, the column you posted (by Andrew Comiskey) has a wise and Biblical response to the erring ELCA pastors and leaders.
3/24/2013 07:52:37 am
Hard to snatch them from the fire if you do not go to one of these Liberal churches. I fight the good fight from within one of these ECLA churches Clearly loudly and boldly. Bless you brother for your Biblical truths . Besides abortion and gay marriage They do do exchange the truth of God for a lie and worship created things such as the earth. and global warming they think their politicians can change the weather.instead of worshiping God the Creator.
1/10/2013 01:53:37 am
How about abortion? And the gun debate is so unbelievable. How can this countries top administration justify their support of hundreds of children being killed in the womb every day and have the audacity to suggest confiscating guns? Why don't they support reducing the violence where it starts and where are the mainline protestant churches on this? The country is lost because those given moral authority are either misled or choose silence. This is unconscienable. Clergy must study the history of violence against women and children and address the issue where ever possible including from the pulpits.
3/24/2013 07:56:54 am
I wish everone would think like you do God bless you and keep you Greg.
1/10/2013 02:35:52 am
Let us not deny the Truth
1/13/2013 06:41:07 am
Recently came across this..... as a retired nurse of over 50 years, I have no doubt that this woman is telling the truth as truly unbelievable it is..http://prolifeaction.org/providers/tivis.php
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