(The following article was written by Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
Today I took a not-so-pleasant nostalgic walk through Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, a college of the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Some of my most difficult memories are here since this is where we often held the conventions of the ELCA Minneapolis Area Synod. A handful of conservative pastors and I would get to the microphone and ask “Why is the bishop’s office promoting homosexuality in its literature? Why is the ELCA paying for abortion for any reason in its healthcare plan which is paid for with offering dollars? Why are we incorporating non-Christian Native American worship practices into our worship services?
As I walked today into the beautiful Christ Chapel at Guatavus, I saw the below placard. Notice, the chaplain’s office, overseen by Lutheran clergy, will help connect students with a “deity/God“, not necessarily the Christian God. Indeed, some years ago a Buddhist worship service was held in Christ Chapel and they laid an offering to Buddha on the altar.
How far things have fallen since the 1800’s when Scandinavian immigrants founded Lutheran colleges to pass on the faith to their children￼. Today I would send no one to Gustavus, Saint Olaf College, Luther College, Concordia Morehead, or Augsburg University, as they have become so far removed from biblical Christianity.
The congregation I served and I left the ELCA years ago, but I get comments today from people who have left the ELCA because they saw our TV show explaining these very things.
In God our Father,
Pastor Tom Brock
3/17/2021 07:00:09 am
ELCA college professors and administrators have become the Athenians Paul addressed in Acts 17: "Men of Athens, I see that in every way you are very religious. For as I walked around and examined your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD."
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