The ELCA’s Saint Paul Area Synod held a number of visioning process gatherings asking ELCA members this question: “Where do you sense God calling us to be more deeply present as the ELCA?” What kind of answers do you get from people attending a denomination that has little desire to evangelize and tell people about the good news of salvation in Christ for those that believe? You get responses regarding liberal social policies and very few responses about God.
Here are the answers they received:
This provides a clear picture of the spiritual state of most of the leadership and members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
W. James Young
11/12/2015 09:40:11 pm
Their faith isn't Christianity. It's Liberalism.
Dave from Minnesoat
11/20/2015 11:37:09 am
I thought the same thing. There is nothing about the Bible, our faith, Christian doctrines, etc. The ELCA is a liberal social club trying to figure out how to get new members to join their club. It's like a restaurant with a theme to its décor.
11/13/2015 03:28:43 pm
Well, one group did mention telling people about Jesus, but which Jesus does the ELCA have? Not necessarily the Savior crucified, buried and risen for you and for me for the forgiveness of our sins and eternal salvation. Perhaps the Jesus who was just a nice man who said nice words about doing nice things for people...
11/16/2015 05:33:19 pm
Actually, Jesus was both of those things. The prayer after communion in the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship says: "Almighty God, you gave your Son both as a sacrifice for sin and a model of the godly life." (see John 13:13-15; 1 Pet. 2:21; 1 John 2:6) That prayer is also in the 1928 Book of Common Prayer (the collect for the 2nd Sunday after Easter).
8/27/2018 03:08:05 pm
Sadly words mean nothing. Gresham Machen wrote a good book on all of these types of issues, and that was over 80 years ago. Telling people about Jesus, the question is; "What about Him?" Statements of faith have little bearing on the reality that goes on within 4 walls. The Book is LIberalism and Christianity (noting, they are not the same thing).
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