By Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. Follow Pastor Brock on Facebook (here) and twitter (here.)
Back in 2013, lesbian ELCA Lutheran Pastor Barbara Lundblad preached at a "pride" worship service at a church in New York City. She admits she had been in a lesbian relationship for 25 years. People knew she was breaking the rules back then before the ELCA allowed homosexually active pastors, but no one did anything to discipline her. Now that the ELCA allows homosexually active pastors, she preached a sermon using the parable of the widow and the unjust judge from Luke 18:1-8. She said at the pride service "We must keep knocking, too — knocking on the door of the unjust judge. Congressman John Lewis is knocking. Trans people are knocking. Queer people in 37 states are knocking. This isn’t only a political agenda. This is Jesus’ agenda: Be persistent in prayer. Be persistent in working for justice...."
Talk about turning a parable on its ear. So Jesus' parable about prayer is used to promote pride in a behavior the Bible calls "sin". And Lundblad is one of the favorite speakers in the ELCA.
This is one more evidence that people who love the Lord should take their time and talents and join a denomination other than the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
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