Universalism, the belief that all people will be saved, is prevalent in the ELCA. But an article in the ELCA's official publication, The Lutheran, shows us that universalism has gone from “a” belief, to “the” belief of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA has announced to its readers that the universalism is the doctrine the denomination is now built on.
The ELCA article “Who Gets Saved?” is written by pastor Peter W. Marty and he writes:
Lutheran Pastor Tom Brock responded to The Lutheran article on Facebook saying, “If anyone doubts that the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pushes the heresy of universalism--the teaching that all people will be saved whether they believe in Jesus or not--see the article...from The Lutheran, the ELCA's official magazine. Tragic what the writer does with John 14:6, turning the teaching of Jesus on its ear. The author's point is that you don't really need faith in Christ to be saved. John 14:6, Acts 4:12 and 16:31 teach otherwise. No wonder the number of missionaries the ELCA sends out has gone down. If everyone is saved, no need to send missionaries.”
The other day a came across another ELCA pastor publicly proclaiming universalism. ELCA pastor Scot Ruffatto in Mukwonago, Wisconsin (former missionary of the ELCA to the Central African Republic) writes this on his church's blog:
People will be going to hell for eternity because the ELCA has embraced the teaching of universalism and as a result are not proclaiming the Truth of God's Word which says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.” - John 3:16-18
See more documentation of the ELCA teaching universalism. (here and here)
3/12/2014 10:39:26 pm
I expect pastors to be smarter than this. The whole concept of salvation is Judeo-Christian. It does not exist in other religions. Therefore salvation is real only to those with Judeo-Christian faith. All other arguements about who is saved is mute. I don't know whether everyone will "go to heaven". All I know is that the Bible and our doctrine state that those with faith in the Trinity will be saved.
3/13/2014 03:48:05 am
Gene Edward Veith (author of 18 books on Christianity and culture; provost and professor of literature at Patrick Henry College) has written in a blog entry entitled “When the church 'doesn’t really stand for anything,’”: "Newsweek has an article about how Protestantism is dwindling in the land of Luther. It shows, I think, the futility of the liberal theology that the state church has embraced, the notion that in order to reach people you need to change your teachings so as to conform to the dominant culture. That’s a formula for making the church irrelevant.”
3/14/2014 12:56:15 pm
If universalism is true then what is the need for the church? What is the reason to follow anyone or anything?
The Rev. George Rahn
3/15/2014 10:50:52 am
"The joy of the Christian life is that we don’t have to figure out every saving move of God’s. Christ is bigger than our imagination: “How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways” (Romans 11:33). Our job is to trust our lives to Christ, and testify to the beauty that comes with loving him."
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