“‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.’
What I hear is, ‘Don’t worry. God is saving – eternal lifing – the whole world (kosmon) through Messiah Jesus.’”
“And what does it mean to be ‘saved?’ Can we explore that without superimposing on it Anselm’s 11th century theory of substitutionary atonement? Can we think about it without dragging in all the ‘personal Lord and Savior’ baggage. I think ‘eternal life’ is as much about life before death as it is life after death; perhaps even more. What does ‘eternal life’ look like as we live together following this Messiah Jesus who has been lifted up and drawn us – and all people – unto himself?” (see here)
There is a strong stench of universalism in the Assistant to the Bishop’s writing. (Universalism is a theological doctrine that says all human beings will eventually be saved.) It is not surprising, but it is wrong. Universalism goes against the teachings of Christ and all of Scripture, and it puts individuals eternal future at high risk (hell). Read more here and here.
Here is more evidence of universalism being taught by ELCA leadership.