Read for yourself what the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America published about salvation. It's from an article written by an ELCA seminary professor:
“Difficult as it is—because I always think of it as unfair—I’ve come to accept God’s universal salvation as the final consequence of Jesus’ resurrection. I think of all the best and worst, the innocent and the guilty, Holocaust victims and the evil perpetrators, those killed in all of our senseless wars and the misguided leaders who send them into battle. Christ will raise us all—and somehow bend us into shape so we become the human beings we were intended to be.” (read the article published in the ELCA's The Lutheran magazine here)
Make no mistake, the ELCA magazine does NOT say that faith is required for salvation. They are clear: all people will go to heaven. Hitler, who murdered 6 million Jews, is in heaven according to them -- as are all his Nazi minions. In the same vein, so is ELCA member and late-term abortion doctor George Tiller . . . and Josef Stalin, Osama bin Laden, King Herod, kidnappers, rapists, murderers, terrorists . . . all people go to heaven, even if they reject Christ, according to the ELCA.
Here is another quote from the article advocating universal salvation:
“Because Jesus is risen everything has changed radically. We are set free from serving the powers of death with our lives, fears, policies...This vision also applies to everyone. Paul says 'all' repeatedly, and I take it that he means 'all.' Theologian Robert Farrar Capon taught me years ago that Jesus didn’t come to repair the repairable, correct the correctable, improve the improvable. He came to raise the dead! The only final condition for eternal participation in Christ’s victory is that we be dead, 100 percent, gold-plated dead.”
All dead people go to heaven . . . so says the ELCA.
That is completely false and hundreds of verses from God's Word make this clear. There is a hell. People will go there. The universal salvation message, that the ELCA is espousing, is deceiving its members and putting their salvation at risk. It is by grace, through faith in Jesus, that anyone may have the assurance of salvation. Who are these leaders who have the audacity to declare anything other than what God's Word declares?
See more documentation on the ELCA teaching universalism here.
8/30/2014 04:03:37 am
This is an important post, and I will tell you why, take it or leave it. Bouman wrote: "Christ will raise us all—and somehow bend us into shape so we become the human beings we were intended to be.” Except for the word "all," this is the Doctrine of Purgatory. Bouman eliminated Hell and reinstated Purgatory. In the years since his death, the ELCA has all but proclaimed ex cathedra from Chicago that Hell does not exist.
9/7/2014 12:20:23 pm
The ELCA is infected with the heresy of antinomianism, the belief that there is no moral law whatsoever. God is okay with whatever you do, no matter how diabolical. Antinomianism is far more destructive than atheism. An atheist, if he is rational, can see that evil actions do harm to individuals or to society, and thus such actions are to be condemned as immoral. The antinomian Christian has no such understanding. He lives in a fantasy world in which everything is morally neutral, chanting his mantra, "God loves everyone equally." Therefore, I think it is reasonable to say that antinomian Christians actually worship Satan.
1/25/2015 11:16:20 pm
"Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them." (Malachi 2:17)
9/7/2014 12:22:17 pm
I regard antinomianism and the modern (absolute) form of universalism as two sides of the same coin: they both imply an amoral god.
9/11/2014 08:54:20 am
"The demand that God should forgive ...[a wicked] man while he remains what he is, is based on a confusion between condoning and forgiving. To condone an evil is simply to ignore it, to treat it as if it were good. But forgiveness needs to be accepted as well as offered if it is to be complete: and a man who admits no guilt can accept no forgiveness."
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