"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.”
9/5/2015 01:29:44 pm
Another thing I appreciate about the NALC is that they negotiated with Augsburg Fortress Publishers to keep the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship in print. (NALC News, February 2013, p. 12)
9/7/2015 02:10:36 pm
Until the NALC deals with the error of Women's Ordination and the plague of Historical Criticism, they are no better than the ELCA. Scripture clearly forbids the service of women in the Pastoral Office. The NALC is nothing more than a sad attempt to revert to the heterodoxy of the 90's rather than seeking to truly become an Orthodox Lutheran Church body. These initial errors that the spin-off's have retained are the source of the slippery slope that has made the ELCA what it is today. The NALC, LCMC, CORE and whatever little spin-off's that have come out of the ELCA are - simply - heresy lite. Otherwise they would have done the sensible thing and joined into WELS, ELS, or the LCMS. They didn't because they couldn't fully cast off the "social justice" yoke that has been hanging on their neck for decades. A little leaven...
W. James Young
9/7/2015 03:14:05 pm
The other comments are a hoot. Anti-Christian bigotry at its finest.
9/8/2015 06:42:39 am
First the NALC is not growing. It has a long way to recover the members lost in becoming the NALC. Most churches leaving the ELCA lost a lot of members, and until they are above their original mark it's a lie to claim growth. Remember over 1.5 mil people left only about a third joined the LCMC and NALC.
8/26/2021 11:47:35 pm
The formation of the NALC reminds me of something that Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said: "If you board the wrong train, it is no use running along the corridor in the opposite direction."
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