ELCA pastor Lura Groen is seeking to start a new worship community named “St. Jezebel's Church.” A webpage speaking of this church says that part of the pastor’s vision for St. Jezebel's is for it to be a place “…where sex, drugs, and rock and roll aren't sins, but being a d**k kinda is.” (see below) One has to ask why pastor Groen picked the name "Jezebel" for her church. The most high profile Jezebel in history is from Scripture and she was an extremely wicked person.
Here is a recent tweet by ELCA Rev. Groen (and see here for additional information about this ELCA pastor):
Speaking to members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Lenny Duncan wrote an article called "Dear Church: You Would Rather Hang Me from a Tree. A Reflection on the Execution of #PhilandoCastile" and it was hosted on a Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago website. In the article Mr. Duncan reiterated that same message saying,
“Many of you would rather see me hung from a tree…” Lenny Duncan is a Vicar who is in his second year of internship at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, an ELCA church in Conshohoken, PA. (see here and see more about Mr. Duncan here)
Restating a false claim that is often used by ELCA leaders, ELCA pastor Scott Kramer writes, “Now, over the centuries Sodom and Gomorrah have been associated by Christian with immoral behavior, or as an excuse to condemn homosexuality. But many of us have learned over the years to take a closer look at the story and to see that it’s not really about sex or sexuality. The sin of Sodom and Gomorrah fundamentally was the failure of God’s people to provide hospitality, to treat strangers with contempt. This is why Jesus uses this story in his teaching on hospitality. It turns out that Christians have felt more comfortable talking about sex than looking in the mirror to discern the ways in which we have committed the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah: the sin of failing to provide God’s welcome to the stranger when we have opportunity.” – (see here)
Wrong! Check God’s Word, Scott, specifically Jude 1:6-7 which says, “And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day. In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Also see Genesis 19:1-13 and 2 Peter 2:6-9
After reading the above quote, you will not be surprised to see ELCA pastor Scott Kramer and his Facebook posts below:
8/1/2017 03:58:39 pm
1) Reasons an ELCA pastor might want to soberly reconsider founding a "St. Jezebel's ELCA Church":
8/1/2017 08:25:58 pm
18 “And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
8/1/2017 11:31:57 pm
Am I the only one who sees the St Jezebel report as some refreshing honesty by the ELCA? Finally, their charade comes to an end -- there's no point for them even to name-drop Jesus anymore. I dread that within a year, we will see ELCA congregations calling themselves St Sodom, St Satan, Blessed Baal, New Babylon, etc. All condoned by their bishopess's blandishments about diversity, inclusion, welcoming, acceptance, hospitality, etc., of course. That's a fairly obvious prediction. The harder question is, will they ever be honest enough to name a congregation, St Sick Spectacle?
8/3/2017 07:10:00 am
I think there's little chance of the ELCA's naming a church St. Satan.
8/26/2017 08:14:56 am
I can't say my language is perfect--far from it--but I think a pastor dropping f-bombs on twitter is ludicrous. How come so many ELCA pastors find the need to be edgy? I am hardly old-school (grew up in the 1980s and 1990s) but back then all pastors I heard of were trying to lead and shepherd their churches, not to shock them. If I were a psychologist, I'd say Lura Groen has some inner issues.
10/18/2017 09:35:36 pm
Issues? It's called depravity.
12/30/2018 06:10:32 am
Inner? I would call it blatant.
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