(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
Living Lutheran, the national magazine of the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has an article giving advice on how to observe lent. It starts with this "Deep breaths.… Remember to breathe deeply. While doing so, perhaps you can meditate on a mantra such as "I breathe in peace. I exhale worry.” A mantra is the Hindu practice of repeating a phrase over and over to achieve magical and spiritual results. The article also recommends reading a “centering poem” each day and “Light a candle. Sit by its glow. Watch the flame and smell the scent. Repeat as often as needed, whether aloud or silently: “Jesus is the light of our world.”
This incorporating of non-Christian religious practices reflects what the ELCA did at its last national assembly in affirming that we do not know what God thinks of non-Christian religions. One delegate tried to amend that saying, yes, we do know since Jesus said He is the only way of salvation (John 14:6). The delegate was voted down by 97 percent.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
(See article on page 9 here)
1/25/2021 05:30:09 pm
Lent suggestions for the ELCA:
1/26/2021 03:29:46 pm
Why oh why would any Lutheran pastors who read and BELIEVE and stand for what the Bible says would even allow their people to see this publication?? It was obvious through the years that more and more anti biblical untruths were being added each time. There are good and faithful believers in elca who have no clue what their tithes and offerings are supporting. The people do not know because their leaders are not telling them. I fear that too many pastors agree.....
1/27/2021 04:05:56 pm
What ever happened to
1/29/2021 02:46:16 pm
Jesus' death on the cross doesn't mean for the ELCA what it means for confessional Lutherans and Christians. The ELCA views their "Jesus" not as mankind's only Savior but as the Great Example, whose death shows us how to stand up bravely to the Establishment.
It sure doesn't, and neither does much of the rest of Scripture. That is why, though I was confirmed in the ALC in 1982, I left the ELCA in 1995 and, after spending some years exploring other church bodies and, occasionally, even other denominations, I have been in the Church of the Lutheran Confession for 17 years.
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