ELCA Bishop James Hazelwood of the New England Synod recently hired a new Associate to the Bishop. Homosexual pastor Steve Wilco has accepted the bishop's invitation to fill this roll.
A statement from Bishop Hazelwood announced Rev. Wilco "lives in Chicopee, Mass., with his husband Michael and their delightfully spunky preschooler." (See here)
Jim Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod of ELCA recently made a video for Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, an organization that "affirms and supports LGBTQIA+ Lutheran rostered leaders and those pursuing a call to rostered leadership, while engaging allied congregations and ministries to proclaim God’s love and seek justice for all." (See here)
In the video bishop Hazelwood said "I'm interested in finding the best leaders for our congregations period. Period. Now what I have discovered is the best leaders for our congregations in New England are oftentimes people who are LGBTQ+. And then, so that was the first thing I was looking for the best, and then they happened to be gay and I think that's really important. See the way I look at this is I think we have this opportunity to take the gifts of people and let them shine. And what I've found in my time as bishop in the New England Synod is that they are. I mean some of the most exciting and interesting and fascinating ministries are happening in congregations led by gay and queer pastors and it's fantastic. But but we wouldn't have had that opportunity if I hadn't said yes, if the church, the ELCA hadn't said yes."
The Bishop ends the vlog saying "...I'm grateful for ELM (Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries) and its partnership and all of the work that happens on behalf of the gospel of Jesus Christ here in New England and throughout the world."
Of course, practicing homosexual pastors are living in disobedience to God and in unrepentant sin. Their bishop should love them by telling and helping them turn from their sin. But in the ELCA, church leaders clap their hands, smile and praise those that need help and encouragement to leave the bondage of sin.
Jim Hazelwood is the bishop of the ELCA's New England Synod. He uses his Twitter account mostly to spew his politics and anger at President Trump. The following is just a small sample of his tweets over the last few months.
New England Synod Bishop Jim Hazelwood at ICE protest.
ELCA bishop Jim Hazelwood, of the New England Synod, is outspoken in his support of LGBTQ issues. God tells us in scripture it is a sin that one should not participate in, but that is of no concern with the ELCA.
Sounds like ELCA Bishop Jim Hazelwood supports players kneeling during the national anthem.
Bishop Jim Hazelwood should know misappropriation when he sees it, being he is in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, who using this technique often to do things that go against God's Word. Don't miss the vile language used by this supposed minister of Christ.
Jim Hazelwood, the ELCA's New England Synod Bishop, presents a skewed view of Scripture and is manipulating it to try and fit it into the refugee situation happening in the United States.
ELCA New England Synod Bishop, Jim Hazelwood retweeted the below tweet. It seems to be saying that conservative evangelicals are racists. I wonder what he thinks about conservatives who are still members in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America?
BTW, the Jewish people have a variety of skin tones. God's Word does not tell us the color of Jesus' skin.
See the bishop's Twitter page here. Go to his retweet made Sept. 20, 2018.
The ELCA is a member of the National Council of Churches (NCC). This week the NCC released a statement saying, "The National Council of Churches (NCC) calls for the withdrawal of the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States. We believe he has disqualified himself from this lifetime appointment and must step aside immediately." (See here)
See “'Massive' National Council of Churches Arises!" for more information.
Also on that topic, New England Synod Bishop Jim Hazelwood tweeted this:
And this from an ELCA pastor -
And this from an ELCA pastor who works at the Northeastern Iowa Synod -
And from this ELCA pastor -
And this tweet from an ELCA pastor -
You pay the ELCA leadership's salary. It is time to stop do so for those that advocate a political position that is in opposition to yours. Here some examples by ELCA New England Synod bishop Jim Hazelwood:
I'd call the bishop's comment disrespectful to women. And what God-fearing Christian leader would use the acronym "Omg?"
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