The 2022 commencement service at the ELCA's Augsburg University contained a prayer in the name of Allah. Just before that the University Pastor and Director of Campus Ministries refers to the “Holy and divine one, you are known and called by many names. . .” Jesus was not mentioned. (watch starting at the 21-minute mark)
A woke ELCA article about white "privilege" has gotten some chastisement on their social media page.
An African-American man who is an ELCA Lutheran told them he is "tired of all the hand wringing the ELCA has done over not being inclusive enough, and not being demographically correct." He goes on to say "For Pete’s sake, we’re an ethnic denomination, brought here by Germans and Scandinavians…and there’s nothing wrong with that. There are lots of ethnic denominations…Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, etc, who are unapologetic about the fact that they’re ethnic."
Read his comments posted below and also those of a couple other who responded to the article:
Tying Jesus' transfiguration to transgender issues is a ploy of the social activists standing in pulpits.
Rachel Johnson is a pastor in the ELCA. She writes on her FB page that "She is passionate about justice and dedicated to following Jesus' radical example of rabble-rousing love."
Here is her attempt:
Below are some additional social media post by ELCA Rev. Rachel Johnson that give you a clue into the type of pastor she is.
Or see here.
Rev. Dowd is a campus pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This is what she had to say about the Bible:
"When you have a friend or loved one that you really know and trust it's okay to disagree and push back... I got to know the Bible well enough that I was able to talk back to it. And I was able to say ok, I reject this part. This is oppressive. Or time to reframe this, or time to reclaim this and totally subvert it."
She received her Biblical training from an ELCA seminary.
Find out more about Rev. Elle Dowd here .
The ELCA's Metropolitan Chicago Synod posted about the installation for Rev. Anders Nelson, and they list his pronouns as "he/they".
The state of the ELCA.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America made Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber their representative, their pastor of Public Witness. The woman who made a vigina sculpture, is a universalist, wants a sexual reformation, constantly swears, is pro abortion, pro homosexuality and transgenderism, has a low view of scripture, says Wiccan goddess is a close relative to God, etc., (see here) is the ELCA's pastor of "Public Witness."
A few weeks ago she tweeted this message:
Here we have another ELCA pastor, Zach Johnson, posting on social media his support of homosexuality, something that goes against what God has said. It is not loving to encourage sin. Encouraging people to turn from sin is loving. It is what Jesus did. Shame on ELCA pastors for encouraging people to be bound by sin.
At the ELCA's Sierra Pacific Synod held their synod assembly May, 2021 and reported they had 7 voting members claiming to be non-binary in attendance.
That is what Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Julie Hutson had to say:
The following are the words of Rev. Zach Johnson, a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:
“Firstly, to declare that Christianity is the only 'true religion' is to place God in a box. Now don’t get me wrong, as a Christian I strongly believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and is the means that leads me to God, as well as the means that leads me to salvation. However, to say that this is the only way that God can bring people salvation or lead people to God would be very short sided on my part. God is far beyond my understanding or any human understanding. God can’t be placed in a box. We cannot put human limitations on God. This is really part of having faith. The mysteries of God are so beyond us that it leads us to continue to seek out God so that we can more fully understand this God who loves us beyond measure, and (from a Christian point of view) became human in order to reconcile humanity back to God. But to say that God can only save through Christ is to place a limitation on God. For me it’s a both/and understanding. God indeed saves through Christ, but perhaps God saves in other ways (and through other religions) too.” (See here)
Additionally, a Facebook post by ELCA pastor Zach Johnson takes offense at the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (LCMS) resolution that affirms the Biblical account of God making all of creation in six days and at the article for not specifying in the article's title that it was a resolution by the LCMS. Pastor Johnson is correct when he says that this resolution "does not represent the beliefs or teachings of the ELCA." (see what the ELCA does believe and teach about creation here and here)
Katherine Rodriguez is an ELCA pastor. Below is a tweet she wrote about God:
High profile ELCA trans pastor Megan Rohrer, who is often featured in ELCA publications, held an Advent Drag Fundraiser.
The faux Christian theology of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America makes this kind of sinful event permissible.
ELCA New York Synod celebrates gay pride with 41 LGBT posts and videos, including gay bishop interview and drag queen story time for children
(The following article, written this summer, is from Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
Tap on this link: https://www.facebook.com/metronysynod/ and you will find at least 41 (I stopped counting) posts and videos from the Metropolitan Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America promoting LGBT pride. Included in the posts is “Queer and Faithful and Bishop”, an interview with Kevin Strickland, a homosexual ELCA bishop with a “husband”. Also posted is “Queer and Faithful and Drag Queen storytime” for children.
Back in 2009 when the ELCA voted to ordain practicing homosexuals, conservatives were assured their view would also be respected. No. Not one of the above 41 posts upholds the Bible’s teaching that homosexual behavior is sinful (see my article “What does the Bible teach about homosexuality?” at pastorsstudy.org).
I spent years in the ELCA before leading my congregation into a more biblical branch of Lutheranism. But i never thought the ELCA would become this perverse and radical in my lifetime.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
ELCA tweets "traditional Native spiritual practices are inherently Christian and are accepted forms of worship."
The ELCA Young Adults in Global Mission tweeted about the ELCA American Indian/Alaska Native Lutheran Association recently. One of the missions of that group states:
"Work toward unity in the community of faith by pledging ourselves to promote the understanding that many traditional Native spiritual practices are inherently Christian and are accepted forms of worship."
Most Christians should be very concerned about this position.
We are told in Scripture -
I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. - Galatians 1:6-10.
The LGBT affirming Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) hosted a lecture focused on climate that called for a "radical reformation of the way we think and act in the age of a changing climate. Our hope for the future on this earth depends on it."
PLTS is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Amy Current is the newly elected Bishop of the Southeastern Iowa Synod. She is an LGBTQ ally. On her social media she writes, "I believe love is love. I believe that God desires us to be fully ourselves. I have so much more to learn in order to be a better ally. Thank you for those who keep teaching me."
Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago (LSTC), a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, published an article on one of their websites that was written by Katherine Parent, a PhD student at the school. The article contained a picture of a female Jesus on the cross.
The fact that this ELCA seminary posted this blasphemous depiction of our Lord and Savior tells you a lot about the school, which is entrusted to train up pastors for the church.
(See the article here)
Patricia Lull is the bishop of the Saint Paul Area Synod, ELCA. She shared this advice on how to be trans-inclusive last year.
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