Smells Like ELCA Universalism
Don Carlson, assistant to the bishop of the ELCA’s Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod wrote the following in an article on synod bishop Michael Rinehart’s Blog:
“‘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.
Pastor Jamie Strickler
6/16/2012 05:38:50 am
Shame on you sir! Teaching anything other then faith alone, in Christ alone by grace alone is a false gospel. However the ELCA has never let scripture be a stumbling block for their flawed reason before, why should we expect it now?
7/9/2012 04:57:50 am
One of the last sermons at Trinity Lutheran Church, ELCA, Paxton, NE by PMA JA Welsh was on John 3:16 and how it was the most misinterpreted verse in the BIble. He had remarks about the Muslems and Hitler. When I talked to him right after church about the sermon he said it was not universalism he was preaching but that is not what I and others who left Trinity heard. This idea of universalism and homosexuality is being promoted not only in big churches but in little churches that only have a 100+ members. Because of him and the ELCA 40 members left Trinity. Interestingly enough many people in the church who only came on Christmas and Easter started showing up at Trinity and defending them and I guess they are actually stepping in and finally helping in the church.
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