Its spring, which means ELCA synod assemblies are beginning. These annual, boring, waste-of-money gatherings usually include a wide variety of attacks on God's Word and the ever popular anti-Semitic based attacks on Israel. The ELCA's Rocky Mountain Synod has already gone on record at their assembly last weekend passing a resolution called “Accompaniment, Awareness-Raising, & Advocacy For The People Of The Holy Land.” (see here)
In the Resolution the Assembly resolved to “affirm our support for sisters and brothers in the ELCJHL as they remain faithful to the Gospel amid the oppression of Israeli military occupation”. Saying Israel is oppressing people and occupying land is a fallacy which is often repeated by those who are anti-Semitic.
The Assembly then encouraged people to use the ELCA Peace Not Walls resources claiming that it has “reliable information about the situation” (in Israel). In no way is the ELCA a reliable source for what is happening in Israel.
The passed resolution also seeks a congressional investigation into Israel's use of U.S. aid. The ELCA's aim in that request is to cut or end aid to Israel so as to hurt the Jewish nation. Remember, the ELCA views Israel as oppressors and occupiers of land that they think the Arabs should have. Stopping U.S. aid to Israel would increase the chances of that happening.
And finally, the Assembly resolved, “that this assembly urges members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to consider investing their retirement and other funds in a manner consistent with the Peace Not Walls campaign.” This is another attempt to hurt Israel financially by cutting personally financial investments going to Israeli companies. The ELCA would rather have those investments go to entities within the terrorist controlled Gaza strip.
The Rocky Mountain Synod also had a workshop during the assembly called, “Peace Not Walls: Why are we involved in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? Faces of the Occupation” (see here).
Satan's desire, shown throughout history, has always been to destroy God's chosen people, the Jews. Today he is using the ELCA, who claims to follow Christ, to try to accomplish that purpose.
5/8/2013 01:04:07 pm
"Peace Not Walls"? Give unto us a break. It's a real tossup as to which predominates in the Ichabod Lutheran Church in America: stiff-necked heresy or disingenuous mendacity.
5/9/2013 04:36:05 am
Of all the information on "Exposing the ELCA," I find this the most disturbing. I believe it is deeply spiritual and I don't pretend to understand it. For Lutherans -- or any Christians -- to take a not-so-subtle anti-Israeli position... given so much history.... I am left shaking my head in astonishment and disbelief.
Dave from Minnesota
5/9/2013 06:21:22 am
The ELCA has, on their web site, many lies about Israel. Such as claiming that there were viturally no Jews in Israel pre-1945. And that there has always been a society of "Palestinians". While in reality, the people in that area had been known as Jews, Arabs and Christians until Arafat invented the Palestinian people in the 1960s.
5/10/2013 03:18:58 am
A good test of the ELCA's bias will be whether the ELCA will express solidarity with Bishop Younan and the ELCJHL when it does not involve Israel. Bishop Younan recently condemned the kidnapping of two Syrian Bishops. (http://www.elcjhl.org/2013/04/23/elcjhl-bishop-younan-condemns-kidnapping-of-syrian-christian-leaders/)
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