"MarcC" nails it with his comment (posted below) to this article. The church he writes about is an ELCA church.
“The story dos not say which of the several Lutheran denominations in the USA St. Luke's once belonged to, but I am guessing the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- the liberal, "progressive" Lutherans. If St. Luke's was an ELCA congregation, it is no surprise at all that it closed, being reduced to about 30 members. The ELCA is the progressive culture-church most like the Episcopal Church, and the ELCA is hemorrhaging members, money and whole congregations with their buildings at an increasing rate over the past 10-15 years, having now lost nearly one million of what was once a 5 million member denomination. A whole new Lutheran denomination has come into being from expatriate ELCA churches and members (as well as politically incorrect seminary and college professors) and is flourishing: the North American Lutheran Church (NALC), The ELCA, since the 1990s, has endorsed abortion on demand; encouraged the use of contraceptives and birth control among middle-school and high school students with anonymity; embraced the agenda of radical feminism ; and now has embraced the LGBT agenda, normalizing homosexuality; adopted same-sex marriage ; ordains active and practicing, open homosexuals to the ministry. It is socially activist in left-wing radical ways.: The ELCA is increasingly authoritarian in its national governance and restrictive of regional and parish leadership. It has turned all of its seminaries into centers of political correctness (the NALC has established its own seminary staffed by booted professors who did not cave in to PC requirements, and will not allow any candidates for ordination to attend any ELCA seminary). So, you can expect to see many, many more ELCA churches close their doors or defect to the NALC while they still have a congregation. At least probably very affluent people will have a very cool building for their condo.”
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1 Thessalonians 5:21
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