A recently passed resolution by the New England Synod Assembly says the following:
"Be it resolved that the New England Synod memorialize the ELCA Churchwide Assembly to initiate a process to amend the phrase 'bring all people to faith in Christ' in C4.02b and its constitutional parallels in order to achieve greater consonance with both our understanding of Christian witness and sensitivity to our interfaith contexts." (see here)
They want "to amend the phase 'bring all people to faith in Christ...'" What kind of true Christian denomination and Christ-following church leadership would want that? None.
A resolution like this is the result of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's radical rejection of the truth of Scripture. When leaders in the ELCA teach universalism, that there is no hell, and their missionaries do not seek to convert the lost, why not remove the phrase “bring all people to faith in Christ” and all similar words from ELCA official documents? Watch to see if this comes up in upcoming ELCA churchwide assemblies and other synod assemblies and if the resolution passes.
Additionally, at this year's Oregon Synod Assembly, there was the “Adoption of a bylaw allowing congregations to send additional Voting Members to Assemblies who can speak to us about concerns of the LGBTQIA community.” (see here)
Is this like stacking the deck? They are allowing churches to bringing additional voting members specifically because of their supportive view on LGBTQIA issues. I wonder what pro-homosexual, pro-transgender initiatives will result from future Oregon Synod assemblies? As if they were not liberal enough. The same people who passed this resolution would throw a fit if someone presented a resolution saying the synod should also allow congregations to send additional voting members to assemblies who hold traditional views of marriage and can speak to heterosexual concerns.
7/7/2017 01:36:28 pm
To minimize the meaning of what Jesus says in Matthew 28 is to obscure what Jesus is saying. Jesus' word is to be taken at Jesus' word! Missiology is grounded in making disciples of Jesus not by relativizing his word, but by believing, obeying and doing it. The synod's resolution washes out the intent of what Jesus is saying. It substitutes a general mindset and world-view that we should love everybody in their own way. It is to actually despise our neighbor by leaving them in their unbelief. The resolution substitutes the Gospel for another gospel which St. Paul vehemently rejects as sub-gospel, see Galatians 1.
7/7/2017 01:54:27 pm
Consider again what the ELCA used to be before it sold out to the world and calculatingly lied to its members:
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