By Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. Follow Pastor Brock on Facebook (here) and twitter (here.)
Today I took another nostalgic walk through Luther Theological Seminary from which I graduated in 1979. Back then it was a mixed bag of liberal, moderate, and some conservative professors. Back then it was well attended, parking spots could be hard to find, and chapel was fairly full.
Things have changed. A person who worked there told me some years ago that now "much less than half" of the professors at Luther believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ. Then came the 2009 ELCA decision to affirm homosexual behavior for pastors and things really began to shrink in the ELCA and this seminary. Today, Luther Seminary brings in speakers like the popular ELCA Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, who uses the "f" word in her books and speaking. She also denies the substitutionary atonement of Christ, believing that for God the Father to punish Jesus for our sins would be divine child abuse. And not long ago, a practicing lesbian pastor spoke at Luther's chapel service.
So what did I find today? First thing I noticed was how easy it was to find a parking space. I also noticed the "pro-gay" bumper stickers. I attended chapel and counted 40 people. I walked around the halls and it kind of felt like a ghost town, very few people walking around.
I couldn't help but think of the Bible verse "You reap what you sow."
Pastor Tom Brock
2/28/2015 10:22:30 pm
Times are tough for the Bible-revising ELCA. Members have fled in droves, budgets have shrunk dramatically, and Luther Seminary is awash in red ink. Only the periodic warm fuzzies from Leftists, secularists and sexual libertines are keeping the ELCA’s dobber up.
3/3/2015 12:44:51 am
All congregations around me are also shrinking. The Synod is blaming the membership, not the leadership. They have suggested that the membership of all our area churches agree to a common local constitution and leave management to an offsite Central Office made up of a Synod management team so that the local congregations can concentrate on worship and evangelism (wink, wink) because the locals have no idea on how to manage.
3/3/2015 01:11:05 pm
Why aren't LGBTs joining the ELCA in droves, as was promised, now that the ELCA ordains homosexuals, blesses gay marriages, etc.? Maybe the LGBT community recognizes what the ELCA does not, namely, that the Bible condemns homosexuality, and therefore they want no part of Christianity no matter how much the ELCA panders to them. The ELCA promotes public, accountable, lifelong, monogamous relationships for its LGBT members. That is not the lifestyle most LGBT people desire, so the ELCA remains irrelevant to them, despite its attempts to please the LGBT community. The ELCA changed its theology to attract homosexuals, but homosexuals will not change their lifestyle to fit in with the ELCA. The ELCA will continue to collapse in on its self and look for survival by merging with the Episcopal Church USA, another floundering denomination, eventually.
3/9/2015 12:21:14 pm
Is the Luther Seminary campus becoming a ghost town? I went to campus this morning (March 5).
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