What will cause the naive, the scared, the delusional or those in denial to finally leave the ELCA and stand up for God and His Word, which the ELCA has been demonically trying to destroy? What is the final straw that will break the camel's back?
I believe, for many, it will be the ELCA's words and decisions at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering that will cause Bible-believing ELCA members, churches and pastors to finally leave. (Please read about the speakers and what happened at the youth gathering here, here, here, here, here, here and here)
Content ranged from foul-hearted keynote speakers placed in front of the teenagers, to extremely liberal messages delivered, to transgenderism lifted up, to far-left social causes presented, and pro-LGBT mantras being communicated.
The Director and President of Lutheran CORE, Pr. Dennis D. Nelson, wrote this following the ELCA Youth Gathering, "The ELCA is guilty of a massive breach of trust. The ELCA cannot be trusted. We realize that those are very strong statements, but they are confirmed by the presentation given by one of the keynote speakers at the recent ELCA Youth Gathering." (see page one of his article here)
Generations Radio presented a program called "The ELCA Lutheran Church Dies" that was centered on the actions of the ELCA at the 2018 Youth Gathering. (listen here)
And Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter, shared an article from Exposing the ELCA about the ELCA Youth Gathering with his hundreds of thousands of followers on Facebook:
I have heard of people leaving their ELCA churches because of what happened at the ELCA Youth Gathering. So will this be a wake-up call for a great exodus of churches and members from the ELCA? Will the evil and false teachings displayed and given to the most vulnerable ELCA membership, the youth, be enough for places such as Lutheran Church of Hope and its satellite ELCA locations in the Des Moines, Iowa area, Nazareth Lutheran Church in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and similar churches throughout the United States to finally stand up for God's Word, for Truth, and break ties to this faith-destroying denomination?
I pray so. But shame on them if they remain.
Here are some additional examples of what was said and the happenings at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering, to go along with the many articles Exposing the ELCA has already written. These come from the ELCA, ELCA pastors and those attending (again, please read the linked articles above to see the craziness of it all):
The ELCA magazine, Living Lutheran reports, “Last week at the ELCA Youth Gathering, many leaders spoke boldly about family separation and detention. In the AMMPARO/Lutheran Disaster Response space at the Gathering’s interactive center, youth were invited to sign advocacy cards, which will be sent to their representatives.” (See here)
Below are some more notable Youth Gathering social media posts. Notice, the gay affirming rainbow colors were prevalent at the ELCA youth event.
And here is an example of the type of pastors the ELCA is ordaining. Rev. Chesnut is talking about ELCA Pastor Tuhina Verma Rasche, his co-author of a vile "devotional," who was a keynote speaker at the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering.
And here the ELCA Youth Gathering is lifting up Ramadan, a celebration of the "first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad." This, of course, is not an event that Christians should be celebration or lifting-up.
7/23/2018 01:35:11 pm
I was maybe a bit naive and thought joining our pastoral search committee would give us a chance to voice our concerns and turn things around. That didn't last the first half hour of the first meeting. I said something about a strong biblical message helping to grow the church and the guy from synod looked at me like I had just dropped into my chair from outer space. The ELCA youth gathering is just the icing on a very bad cake. We're preparing to leave as we speak.
7/26/2018 12:20:18 pm
I saw the keynote speaker lineup before the event. The fragile hope I had for a return to scripture and confession was finally destroyed for good. Took my pregnant wife and left the ELCA for a confessional Lutheran church. I pray that many other members have done or will do the same. What we saw this summer was as bitterly disappointing as it was horrifying. I mean, it's one thing to renounce Christ outright; it's something else entirely to preach lies and deceit using His name, right?
7/23/2018 05:01:13 pm
The mass exodus proceeds apace: 33% and counting.
7/23/2018 06:06:33 pm
All of the above frightens me...but what frightens me more is that, yes I'll make an assumption, these well to do white kids will continue to feel entitled, the world owes them anything they want, there's no need to sacrifice or work for anything, their everyone gets a trophy is now legitimized by their church, why should they leave
Dave from Minnesota
7/26/2018 12:46:18 pm
I saw a link to the "ELCA Advocacy" Facebook page today. Oh my. If any of you still had any doubts about who is in control of the ELCA. Basically virtually none of their efforts are Bible or Christian based. Just very liberal politics.
7/26/2018 02:12:43 pm
My prayers are with ELCA lay people. May God fill you with the truth of his Word and Sacraments. Yes we can "love" people as referred to in his fine article - but we cannot stand and approve of it. Sin is sin. I would strongly recommend finding a Lutheran Church that is orthodox and confessional. Blessings - Rev. Carl L. Noble, Emeritus
8/7/2018 02:49:43 pm
Mass exodus? I saw the writing on the wall back in 1986/87. I finally left and have not looked back with any remorse in 1988, though at the time, it was painful. ELCA's position on all the social issues is informed by its position on the Holy Scriptures. It has thrown out what they say all in the name of "studying the Word to get to the kernel of truth behind them." Blah, blah with ELCA's Higher Criticism. You don't believe it, so you get rid if it. So 30 years later I write this. At the time of merger there were nearly 10 Million ELCA members. Now just over 3 Million. Without the scriptures, there is no reason for the Church to exist in any denomination. That is exactly why you are seeing it shrink to this rapid extent. It's a hollow, gaunt skeleton of its former self. But I could see this as a young man in 1988 and even arguing kindly with my then pastor, he would have none of it. So I left. Glad I did. I found out what Lutherans actually believe and confess in the process. Wonderful.
9/12/2018 12:22:49 pm
I would think that Muslims can read the Koran or celebrate Ramadan themselves, without any help from Lutherans.
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