People scoff when conservative Lutherans point to goddess worship happening in the ELCA. The scoffers either do not believe it or think it is very isolated. They are wrong. (see here)
Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney is Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, an ELCA Seminary. She is an ordained Episcopal priest who teaches the future leaders and pastors of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. (see her school bio here) In a Dr. Gafney blog dated February 11, 2013 the seminary professor compiled some questions she would like to ask the prophet Elijah. She said:
“When you killed the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal but not the four hundred prophets of Asherah was it because you really didn’t mind a little goddess worship on the side? Are we feminists right in saying that Asherah was just the Canaanite articulation of the Holy Spirit and not really another God?” (see here)
First, Dr. Gafney doesn't know if the prophets of Asherah were spared by Elijah that day or if they were even present at the referred to gathering. We do know that 1 Kings 19:1 says Elijah “had killed all the prophets with the sword.” So it seems more likely that they were killed with the prophets of Baal if they were there.
Secondly, and the reason for my blog, did you hear professor Gafney reveal that she believes: Asherah is the Holy Spirit, not another god? This is completely false. Yet that is what she publicly proclaims. I can not believe the ELCA would allow a professor who thinks this way to teach their future leaders.
The Bible says this about Asherah:
So, if it's wrong (and it is) why isn't the ELCA leadership stopping it and why are they letting people who believe it be instructors in their seminaries?
4/13/2013 06:57:44 am
What do Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, and a host of ELCA bishops, pastors, college and seminary professors have in common?
Dave from Minnesota
4/14/2013 12:58:42 pm
Different subject, but....I was in Western Wisconsin this weekend and picked up Saturday's Eau Claire paper. They had an article on Grace Lutheran (see posts on this blog).
4/14/2013 01:01:17 pm
Asherah was a fertility goddess, the wife or mother of Baal. How any Christian could draw a parallel between Asherah and the Holy Spirit is beyond me. I'm reminded of a remark by C. S. Lewis: "God can safely represent Himself to us as Father and Husband because only a lunatic would think that He is physically our sire or that His marraige with the Church is other than mystical" [THE FOUR LOVES (San Diego: Harvest-Harcourt Brace, 1960), ch. 3, pp. 87-88]. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of lunatics in the ELCA seminaries these days.
4/15/2013 06:34:16 am
The interpretive key is in this question by Dr. Gafney: "Are we feminists right in saying that Asherah was just the Canaanite articulation of the Holy Spirit and not really another God?"
4/15/2013 04:34:48 am
This is outrageous!!!!
4/15/2013 07:48:55 am
"What unites us [Lutheran CORE and the ELCA] is the Common Confession, the authority of Scripture in its plain reading, the Name(s) of our Triune God, and our concerned agreement on other things" ("Still Alive and Caught Up Together," CORE CONNECTION, April 2013, p. 1).
3/12/2015 01:08:19 pm
I am a Russian Orthodox Priest (ROCOR, Western Rite) who used to be a Lutheran minister (eleven years in The AALC). During that
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