A recent article titled, “Can I Get An Abortion If I'm Religious?” features a number of religious figures in the United States who share their thoughts with the author, and two are pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
ELCA Pastor Paul Eldred, who is "married" to a man, answered,
"In my reading, the Gospel of Luke tells us that Mary consented to becoming the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:38)…If God Gave Mary that option, why wouldn't we think that all women should have the choice to become a mother or not?"
Following that mind-blowingly ludicrous response
from the ELCA pastor, the author of the article continued, “For Eldred, the creation story in Genesis 1 reveals another biblical argument for access to comprehensive reproductive health care, abortion included. ‘We are told that God created humanity in God's own image,’ he says. ‘We believe this makes every human body holy and that every body bears divine image — this certainly includes the full expression of women's bodies, including trans, non-binary, etc. No one should be able to make choices about someone else's holy and divine body without their consent. God wants our bodies to be healthy, and that means that our choices on healthcare should be our own and are between us, our doctor, and our God.’"
Does everyone see the absurdity of that statement? What about the unborn baby’s body, Rev. Eldred? It is okay to destroy their “holy” body? I thought you said “No one should be able to make choices about someone else's holy and divine body…”
The second ELCA leader interviewed was Pastor Anna Ernst from Elmhurst, Illinois. She is quoted saying,
"I am concerned for the rights of all women. We cannot go back to clothes hangers and knitting needles. That is not life-giving, and I believe that is not what God wants," (see article here).
God does not want babies to be killed. This article gives us an example of the depravity of ELCA leadership and how far the denomination has gone since its founding.
To learn more about the ELCA and its leadership's position on abortion see here and here (scroll down).
5/26/2018 04:28:35 am
It hardly bears repeating at this point, but the ELCA can "reliably" be counted on to take positions directly antithetical to God's Word and confessional Lutheranism.
George in Texas
5/26/2018 12:31:55 pm
Eldred takes a particular and unique situation (Mary and God) and projects it to the general (all women of an time). That is precisely what is NOT the case. Mary's response to the Holy Spirit in the Lukan passage Eldred references is a unique and one-off situation. A general rule cannot be applied to the rest of women. By doing so Eldred de-values the mystery of the Incarnation and thereby misses the point in the narrative of salvation history.
5/31/2018 01:38:40 pm
Correction: Eldred does not take particular situation and project it. He mischaracterizes what went on between the Gabriel and Mary.
George in Texas
6/1/2018 03:33:01 am
Yes to this. Even better.
5/28/2018 08:46:31 am
Our country has killed more people through Planned Parenthood etc. than Hitler & Stalin destroyed during WWII. Was the murder of millions of Jews and other undesirable people during the Holocaust legal? Since Pro Choice Hitler's health care plan made all the choices it was probably legal but morally bankrupt!
5/29/2018 04:02:14 pm
There are two basic considerations which need to be addressed before even getting into a discussion with either Eldred or Ernst:
George in Texas
5/30/2018 08:03:07 pm
Yes to Hedlund's direction above. Also under the law there is no such thing as rights without responsibility. (The authority behind that asks for additional clarification from Eldred and the others on this as well). What type of wrath takes place for the woman and how does that manifest itself in the life of the woman who aborts? Scripture is clear that with the law comes the knowledge of sin (see Romans 3). As it is clear from Romans 4 that the law brings wrath...regardless if one does not believe this or not. One's belief or unbelief of these things that occur under the law does not make the law that way for the individual who believes or doesn't believe it to be so. The law is no respecter of persons. for that matter.
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