Bishop Bill Gohl of the ELCA’s Delaware-Maryland Synod wrote a recent blog sharing an exchange he had with a church leader who told him, "Bishop, I know you are new, but I want to be clear. When you send us a new pastor: no blacks, no women, no gays."
Bishop Bill Gohl responded to the person with "Then no pastor."
Seriously, Bishop Gohl? If a congregation, who believes God’s Word on homosexuality does not want a practicing homosexual as a pastor you will punish them and not allow them to have any pastor?
Bishop Gohl called the church leader’s directive a “homophobic swipe.”
The ELCA bishop later says,
“(B)eloved Church, I want to be clear: your synod staff and I will work hard with you to discern with whom God is calling you to share ministry, but in this church, we have rostered leaders. There are no separate rosters for people of color, women, or the LGBTQ community. When we recognize that, God might just surprise us with a partnership we never could have imagined.” (see here)
Based on the above statement by the bishop, he will not like it if a church says they do not want a gay, bisexual or transgender pastor.
A Lutheran gay advocacy organization, which is obviously very focused on gay issues, made a video of Bishop Gohl’s blog and the Delaware-Maryland Synod shared the video on Facebook. (see here)
Bishops have power over congregations, and they can practically force a congregation to take the pastor they “recommend” or the church risks not getting a pastor, as this account indicates.
The ELCA has stood in opposition to Scripture regarding homosexuality. They push their approval, support and blessing of homosexuality continually on their members. And now, as you have read above, the ELCA seems to be intent on forcing you to compromise your faith and your stand on God’s Word.