More and more ELCA pastors are coming out of the closet and admitting they are universalists. Universalism is the belief “that all human beings will eventually be saved.” (See here)
Below is a recent Facebook post by prominent Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor, Clint Schnekloth. Schnekloth is a pastor, author and blogger; he created and facilitates the ELCA Clergy Facebook Group that has over 5800 members.
This is a false teaching that is dangerous, risking the eternal lives of people who put their trust in it. The Bible, which is God’s Word, teaches that some people will be saved and go to heaven when they die and some people will go to hell with they die. "...Universalism and universal salvation are unbiblical beliefs. Universalism directly contradicts what Scripture teaches…To say that those who reject God’s provision of salvation through His Son will be saved is to belittle the holiness and justice of God and negate the need of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf.” (See here)
Rev. Schnekloth is one of the growing number of ELCA pastors that espouse this belief. The most renowned pastor in the ELCA, Nadia Bolz-Weber, is a universalist. (See here) Rev Bolz-Weber will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Around 30,000 youth typically attend the event.
There are still ELCA pastors who will not admit to the label “universalist,” most likely because they understand that it is viewed as heresy, but they do openly teach the principles of universalism. For example, the leader of the ELCA, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, in an interview last year was asked, “Is there a hell?” She replied, “There may be, but I think it is empty.” (See here) That is universalism, plain and simple. If hell is empty, all people will go to heaven. Presiding Bishop Eaton is a universalist.
There are many more examples of the ELCA propagating universalism. They do it in their seminaries, in their publications, on social media and in their churches. If the growth of universalism is a concern to you, please go to the following links, here (and scroll down the page) and here, to find just how prevalent this teaching is in the ELCA.
3/2/2018 09:06:03 am
It would do Clint good to get acquainted with the real Jesus, the one who said, "Unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
3/2/2018 06:54:05 pm
Schnekloth, Bolz-Weber, Eaton, and the other universalist-gnostic ELCAnites -- for simplicity, let's call them UGELCALGBTQIAMATTERDECOLONIZEPACLUPLO -- their savior might as well be Santa Claus, because their personal scriptures are fairy tales, like L'Engle's juvenile fiction. They have literally "followed cleverly crafted fables," 2 Peter 1:16. Wow.
3/2/2018 08:48:55 pm
Yes, indeed. Schnekloth refers to Barth who is not even Lutheran. Barth famously smoothed out the mutually exclusive law and gospel theme which renders both law and gospel powerless by doing so. Universalism ia a product of this smoothing over of differences. If everybody gets saved in the end then what is the reason for mission activity? What is the reason for Christ's death on the cross. No the ELCA en masse continues to get stranger and stranger.
3/4/2018 05:16:57 pm
"[The Father] hath given [the Son] authority to execute judgement also, because he is the Son of man. Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation." (John 5:27-29)
3/4/2018 07:07:52 pm
"As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth." (Matthew 13:40-42)
3/26/2018 10:44:48 pm
Thank you for publishing this on your blog!
3/26/2018 10:54:41 pm
Do y'all want there to be people in hell? Do you think you deserve that perceived moral high ground? We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Not even the best among us deserves heaven, so the only alternative to universalism is just the opposite.
3/27/2018 10:36:00 am
The alternative that you are missing, Hans is that some will go to heaven and some will go to hell. That is the Biblical model.
12/26/2020 08:55:14 am
Dan, I wanted to take time today to thank you for publishing these articles. We have had so many people connect or join our church because they read your articles and are so thankful to get away from the kind of religion you represent and connect with us.
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