In my last blog I asked the question, "How many times in the last 2 years have you heard your ELCA pastor explain, during a sermon, class or any time, how someone becomes a Christian?"
I know there are a lot of good, Bible-believing ELCA pastors who do not believe in Universal Salvation. Thank God for them. But the fact is, the ELCA seminaries are producing pastors every year and they are taught that all people are saved. If you believe otherwise you're one of the minority in this denomination. As the seminaries go, so goes the church.
But who cares? Right? Well, we all should. This is a dangerous belief. The pastors are playing with people's souls. What if only those who have Jesus as their Lord and Savior are going to heaven? (and that's true) It means a lot of people are NOT going to heaven. And the ELCA is responsible for those they didn't tell. The enemy is winning here. He has God's Church believing a lie and being silent. I heard a stat that says the ELCA is sending out 60% less missionaries than they were 20 years ago. I should be shocked, but the reality is, if the ELCA thinks everyone is saved anyway, why send out missionaries?
Universal Salvation is a lie and a huge risk. Hell is a reality. Nobody wishes their worst enemy be sent there. The Bible says those that don't know Jesus will go there. When ELCA pastors are taught to disregard the Bible, in so many ways, salvation in Jesus can be discarded too, because it feels better to say "everyone will be saved." They say this even though there are hundreds of Bible verses about people going to hell. I guess the Universal Salvation teaching seminaries disregard those verses too.
1/26/2010 04:51:07 pm
While studying for my Doctorate a dozen years ago there became a new cry for churches to understand ourselves as mission outposts. Mission for what? We are not simply hospitals for those who are hurting nor only gyms for people to strengthen their faith. We are also mission outposts! Jesus said that He came to save and to serve that which was lost. (Luke 19:10) If we are the hands and voice of Jesus to a world that desperately needs Him, we need to understand that there are still people who are "lost" who do not yet know the powerful love of Jesus who saves people still today. Where I serve Christ, we boldly proclaim that we are a Biblical, Missional, Evangelical, Lutheran Congregation. We take seriously the Calling in Acts 1 to share the Good News and help people know of the saving grace of Christ. Serving at a Mission Outpost, John Nelson, Pastor, LCMC
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