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)
Vocal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor, Clint Schnekloth writes "I honestly think we should get rid of prisons and borders. Also, we should give government far more power to patrol the things that actually needs patrolling: corporate power."
We live in a fallen world. Who in their right mind thinks that is a good idea?
Learn more about Rev. Clint Schnekloth here.
From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. - James 3:10
Here is new ELCA pastor, Seth Rumage:
Of course, Pastor Rumage is a Nadia Bolz-Weber super fan.
And finally, Rev. Seth Rumage Retweets a comment saying Thomas Jefferson raped a 15 year old.
Luther College Ministries, run by ELCA pastors Mike Blair and Anne Edison-Albright, took part in the Decorah, Iowa Pride Parade this month. As you can see below, Luther College Ministries passionately posted on Facebook about their involvement in the Gay Pride Parade and LGBT support.
Encouraging homosexuality is not a "loving" and Godly action. True love is helping people to turn away from sinful behaviors and grow in their relationship with God. It is sad to see this ELCA ministry turn from Biblical Truth and harm students who need to know God's love and desire for them.
Luther is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
Rev. Elizabeth Rawlings is an ELCA campus pastor at the University of Washington. When seeing the shirt below pastor Rawlings tweeted "I would like a vulva version I can wear over my collar."
This says a lot of about the state of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois, is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is located 75 miles away from ELCA headquarters in Chicago.
If you attend Emmanuel Lutheran Church you should know that they are "embracing a broader view of Jesus’ life and teachings as a path of transformation for our own individual spiritual journeys, our ReFresh service draws upon readings from the Bible and other sacred texts, poetry, dance, and song."
On Emmanuel Lutheran's website homepage they say "We are open to the uniqueness of each person's story and are about helping you discover your gifts and your calling. We seek to become compassionate servants of God, reaching out through service to heal and inspire Rockford and the world. We learn from our own Christian tradition as well as from other cultures and religions." (see here)
Mixing religions is called syncretism. This goes against God's Word. (See Deuteronomy 4:2 and Revelation 22:18-19.) That is what Emmanuel Lutheran in Rockford looks to be doing.
Below is how this ELCA church describes a couple of their services (or see here).
This same ELCA church recently hosted a Sufi Meditation Gathering, (see below) which is Islamic.
Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rockford, Illinois, describes itself on its home page as "PROGRESSIVE. INCLUSIVE. CREATIVE." (see here) Below is their LGBTQA Support information.
Robert Franek is the interim pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. (See below)
ELCA pastor Franek is very passionate about politics, and he loves to share his perspectives. In one of his articles he wrote, "Currently one party, as it struggles with messaging and infighting, is fighting for the soul of our democracy. The other is a dumpster fire gas lighting the nation and enabling a president who poses a clear and present danger to our national security, civil rights, and planetary health." (Read here)
On Rev. Franek's Twitter account he made 143 tweets, retweets and replies in a 24-hour period. (11/1/18 2:55 p.m. to 11/2/18 2:55 p.m.) And he did not tweet that in one sitting. The tweets took place in at least 21 different time blocks throughout the 24-hour period. I'd call that obsessive.
Below is some of what Rev. Franek has written or shared:
Kevin Beebe is an ELCA "Pastor-to-Be" studying at the ELCA's Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He loves to post LGBT supportive information, Palestinian propaganda against Israel, and anti-Trump materials on social media. This is the type of pastor the ELCA has, and is producing to lead your congregation.
The ELCA seminarian supports the BDS movement, which advocates boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, as you see below.
Here future pastor Beebe complains about Israel building an underground wall to prevent Palestinian terrorist tunnels used to invade and kill Israelis. That is mind-numbing stupid.
Finally, a post sharing the vile devotional made by two ELCA pastors. (language warning)
We all know the ELCA seminaries are filled with liberal, Bible-rejecting seminarians waiting to become ELCA pastors. But Rev. Dan G Olson reminds us that liberal and partisan pastors have been serving the ELCA for many years. Look at what he has been posting on his Facebook page this year. See his view of people who want to defund Planned Parenthood and believe marriage is between one man and one woman. Also notice the view of those who are supporters of President Trump in the second post.
Diana Edis is an ELCA pastor. She enjoys pushing here radical social justice beliefs on social media. And she is apparently a big proponent of Planned Parenthood.
The ELCA keeps turning out pastors who live in denial and unrepentant sin. Shame on the ELCA for not helping them. Shame on the ELCA for encouraging people with same-sex attraction to embrace what God has called them to refrain from doing.
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