There is a new bishop in town, a new leader of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The old bishop, Mark S. Hanson, has been sent packing and none too soon. Under Bishop Hanson's watch, the ELCA has:
- decided God was wrong, so they “unsinned” homosexuality
- taken no step to protect the lives of the unborn
- continued to gender neutralize God and also invented female names for Him
- taken no steps to end goddess worship happening in their churches
- continually called on government leaders to take actions that would harm Israel and seek to turn the Christian community against the Jews
- placed social justice over Jesus' great commission
- raised up leaders who do not believe much of what is said in the Bible
Will that change with newly-elected Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton? It doesn't look that way.
During an interview this week Bishop Eaton said this about the ELCA's positions on homosexuality, “We took a difficult decision in 2009 and it did have an impact on our attendance because we decided that when God said 'everybody' God meant 'everybody' could serve.”
A few minutes later she said, “We are not doing any of this to catch a wave in populate culture or to get more people to come in. We are doing this because we felt motivated by our understanding of Scripture and of our own confessional tradition that maybe this was something that God was doing that was new and it would be important for us to allow this kind of inclusion.” (see here)
So the ELCA decided to contradict Scripture because “maybe” God was doing something new? WOW! I'd think a Christian denomination should know “without a doubt” 100% that God wanted them to go against His written Word before they would do it.
Yet on March 10, 2010 -
An interesting fact being reported is that Bishop Eaton's husband, Rev. Conrad Selnick, is an Episcopal priest. The Episcopalian church is even more non-orthodox doctrinally than the ELCA.
I was reading a forum that was discussing the new Presiding Bishop and came across this from a pastor who knows her. Rev. Norman E. Dew writes:
“Having served in the Northeastern Ohio Synod while Eaton served as bishop, not much will change. She talks about making sure that the ELCA doesn't slide into just another liberal Protestant denomination but she's not tolerant of Lutheran orthodoxy in matters of sexuality. As an interim pastor, I was told that she was the pastor of the congregation I served. I served in her stead. She did not like the fact that I allowed the congregation and leadership of the church to investigate the happenings that were occurring in the church as a result of the 2009 CWA. She came close to accusing me of leading the congregation out of the ELCA. I did no such thing despite some disapproval of those in the congregation who thought I should be outspoken. When I finally determined that my future as a pastor in the ELCA was over I moved to the NALC and resigned as interim pastor.
So the ELCA, under Presiding Bishop Eaton, will remain the same. They will continue to cruise down the road of secularism and heresy. They will continue to distance themselves from the God of the Bible. They will continue to lead people down the path of destruction.
8/16/2013 01:13:52 am
[from a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story] ". . . Bishop Eaton, 58, is considered a centrist, while other finalists were viewed as more theologically liberal. During a brief address before the third ballot, she was the only one of four remaining nominees to directly address concerns of theological conservatives who had remained in the denomination. She said she supported the decision to allow partnered gay clergy but that being an inclusive church meant respecting those with a different understanding of scripture and doctrine. 'Those people also have a voice in this church. We need to make room for those who do not agree with us but agree with our claim upon the cross,' she said."
8/16/2013 02:54:32 pm
My wife and I left the ELCA in 1992. It was a tough decision because of our family ties to our "home church" which was originally an ALC church. We left many good people, but we have gained a stronger personal relationship with Jesus, which is more than we could of ever imagined. It all started out with reading articles in the old Lutheran Standard which seemed to promote and tolerate the homosexual agenda.
L W Smith
8/27/2014 07:43:55 am
Sorry to see you go (leave). But go with God, I am still skure he is still in the EWLCA church! Good-by
8/16/2013 04:17:58 pm
Perhaps The Who said it best, "Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss." Sadly, though, we did get fooled again.
Sasha Bill Kwapinski
8/18/2013 12:44:01 pm
I graduated from California Lutheran College (now CLU) in 1969. I am not Lutheran myself, and so I am viewing this situation as something of an "outsider." It was interesting, though, to see the beginnings of the leftward, "politically correct" shift during that time period. Now, over 40 years later, it is saddening to see the results: -- Politically correct, morally bankrupt, theologically irrelevant, and numerically shrinking. Incidentally I was active in the Unitarian church for a while, so I saw what an "ecclesiastical flophouse" looks like from the inside. It looks like the ELCA is headed in that same direction.
8/22/2013 02:06:47 am
I wonder if the ELCA and the Episcopal "Church" will now finally consummate their union into the "Episcopal Lutheran Church". Having watched the liturgy at Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Church (where Jewish former mayor Ed Koch was buried in their cemetery), it was nearly identical to the ELCA gender-neutered liturgy, word for word. During the sermon the pastor mentioned licentiousness and there were chuckles from the congregation! (When are mortal sins ever funny?) Episcopals have apologized to Hindus for having evangelized them in the past, and even used Hindu texts for Scripture readings and given the Body and Blood of Christ to Hindus. Katherine Jefferts Schiorri, the Episcopal Church's presiding bishop, criticized the Apostle Paul for casting a demon out of the girl who was being paid for sorcery. The Church of England has priests who are also Druids and Wiccans.
8/22/2013 06:29:45 am
Behold the woeful intellectual and spiritual nadir of ELCA theology and practice (read, capitulation to the world):
Sasha Bill Kwapinski
8/22/2013 08:27:13 am
Sounds like salt which has lost its savor. (Speaking of "inclusiveness," when will the ELCA's concept of "inclusiveness" include the unborn?)
8/22/2013 11:12:46 am
10/4/2013 06:01:23 am
If Elizabeth Eaton disapproves of communing the unbaptized, that's one thing to her credit.
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