It is sad to see so much money, given by many who loved the Lord, in the hands of a denomination, the ELCA, that has turned its back on God and His Word.
Elle Dowd is a highly controversial pastoral intern, but she is not controversial in her denomination, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In the ELCA she is perfectly normal and accepted. Elle Dowd has over 4000 followers on her "public figure" Facebook page and is an example of what ELCA seminaries are producing. The ELCA leader's Facebook "about" section says "Elle Dowd (she/her/hers) is a bi-furious seminarian at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and a candidate for ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America currently serving as the full time pastoral intern." (See here)
The following documents Elle Dowd's thoughts and agenda. This is only a small sample. You can also read more about the future ELCA pastor here.
Manifest: A Queer Journey to the Epiphany was held by the ELCA's House of All Sinners and Saints church. This is the former church of popular ELCA pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber.
"(F)ocusing on the queer genealogy of Jesus..." the "Journey" was led by drag queens and parts were offered for children.
See the evil being perpetrated by Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Last year House for All Sinners and Saints hired a new pastor, Rev. Tory Moir. Rev. Moir is an Episcopalian, which means the ELCA church's two pastors are Episcopal ministers. Rev. Moir likes to be referred to with the pronouns they, them, and theirs. (See here)
Calling it a "momentous book," ELCA pastor Clint Schnekloth, a universalist (see here), shared the following quote on Facebook from the book "That All Shall Be Saved."
"There is no such thing as eternal damnation; all will be saved." (See below)
The ELCA teaches and promotes the dangerous, heretical and false belief that everyone goes to heaven, no matter if they believe and trust in Christ. So according to the ELCA people who are not Christ followers, people who worship other deity and even followers of Satan, will all go to heaven.
Exposing the ELCA documents this, and you can view articles and evidence of their teaching here and here.
There is no doubt that because of the ELCA's false teaching on salvation, many people will end up in hell.
(read more about Rev. Schnekloth here)
Look what ELCA leadership is trying to teach its members.
The South Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America hosted a "Safe Zone Training" in February. The training is described as, "opportunities to learn about LGBTQ+ identities, gender and sexuality, and examine prejudice, assumptions, and privilege." (See here)
The Southwestern Washington Synod of the ELCA recently offered "Inclusive Church Training." This training was led by LGBT affirming group, Reconciling Works. See some of the ELCA synod's email regarding this below.
"Four years ago today the Supreme Court decision for marriage equality was so ordered. I was an intern (w/@KKoterwski_Tate!) at a religious publishing company (ELCA) and when I got to work everyone was celebrating. The world was becoming more just. (1/4)"
This is according to someone with the twitter handle "Han CM."
Seascape, is a publication of the city of Santa Monica. The Southwest California Synod of the ELCA shared an article from Seascape that highlighted ELCA Rev. Jim Boline and Vicar Drew Stever. See below.
Below are four Bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America voicing their support for more refugees to be brought into the United States.
ELCA bishops from the three Texas ELCA synods released a letter urging Texas to resettle refugees in their state. (see below or here) One of the signers of that letter, Bishop Michael Rinehart, along with the CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) wrote a letter that was published in the Houston Chronicle making their case:
"[T]hese refugees are powerful ambassadors of our founding principles of equal opportunity, religious freedom and liberty and justice for all, and they reflect the best of Texas’ identity — generosity, hospitality, faithfulness and welcome."
"[W]e’re hopeful that the law will be on our side once again as the organization we represent, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, seeks a preliminary injunction against President Trump’s unconstitutional executive order."
"As the world faces the worst refugee crisis in recorded history, this would have been the time for Texas to step up, as it has in the past, and say yes to refugee resettlement...No matter what happens in court or in the statehouse, we will continue to help refugees of all faiths find safety and hope in this great state and in this great nation." (See here or below)
Additionally, South Dakota Synod Bishop, Constanze Hagmaier, wrote a letter of gratitude to South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, because the governor "notified the federal government that South Dakota will continue to accept refugees who are resettled in the United States next year." (See below)
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)
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America pastor Michael Coffey penned a "prayer" for churches to use when celebrating "Pride Sunday."
A part of Rev. Coffey's prayer says:
"You revealed the fullness of your love
in Jesus of Nazareth,
who loved all persons in their human dignity,
who forgave us for our failure to see your image
in all genders, all sexualities, all colors,
who suffered in solidarity with all the rejected,
who inspires us now to celebrate love
in all its wonderful forms,
who fills us with pride and gratitude
for being born this way,
and for being made new in endless grace."
Rev. Michael Coffey is the author of a book titled “Renounce, Resist, Rejoice: Being Church in the Age of Trump.”
Uber liberal pastors are the norm in the ELCA.
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.
The ELCA's Rocky Mountain Synod took time during their Synod Assembly this year to offer "...deep gratitude and a specialty commissioned song to honor the ministry happening at the Border and the ministries accompanying immigrants and refugees.
Check out the article below or here. It is from The Times News (Idaho Newspaper.)
The conference was held in 1994, was organized by ELCA members and an ELCA seminary professor is quoted.
Click on the Tweeted article above and when it opens click on the article a second time for a larger, more readable, view.
This is a look into some social media posts by ELCA Vicar Carla Christopher. Carla Christopher is the Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries at Union Lutheran Church in York, PA and is seeking a Masters of Divinity degree at the ELCA's United Lutheran Seminary - Gettysburg. Carla Christopher is also the York LGBT Center - Equality Fest, President. (see here)
Planned Parenthood participated in the event below that featured drag queens.
Carla Christopher gets the approve to move forward for ordination.
The ELCA seminary's creative liturgy class includes yoga body prayer.
The ELCA trained future pastor posts that "All love is so very beautiful."
Carla Christopher was Student Body Vice President at the ELCA's United Lutheran Seminary.
Interfaith Service in a Mosque.
Carla Christopher wrote a paper for her ELCA seminary class on "the gifts that come from being an LGBTQIA person."
Kristen Kuempel is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) bishop of the Northwest Intermountain Synod, formally called the Eastern Washington-Idaho Synod. Bishop Kuempel is a the type of leader that is gaining in prominence in the ELCA and is comparable to ELCA pastors Nadia Bolz-Weber and Lura Groen. (read about them here and here) She is extremely liberal, swears freely, advocates for all the ELCA favorite social causes and will spout her politics.
Just a few months ago the ELCA bishop Tweeted a picture of a vibrator to her followers:
Bishop Kuempel lists her preferred pronouns on her Twitter account along with her love of hard liquor. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America bishop's Twitter profile says "F*bombs welcome" and has a descriptive saying predominately displayed that says "Good sense of humor, dirty mind and beautiful heart. Deadly combination."
Below are some of many troubling Tweets by the ELCA bishop:
Last year the ELCA Youth Facebook page posted the following:
The ELCA page shared a pro-LGBTQIA+ guide for ELCA youth workers to use and help them minister to their youth. The guide comes from the LGBT+ organization ReconcilingWorks.
Tuhina Verma Rasche is a highly controversial and disturbing ELCA pastor. (See here) She is a co-author of the "F#ck This Sh&t" devotional and was picked to speak at an ELCA National Youth Gathering.
In her tweet below you will see that she is very happy about the newly elected ELCA bishops and by those who are being hired to work at ELCA synods.
If Rev. Tuhina Verma Rasche is excited about the new leadership...
A recent news release about the ELCA Conference of Bishops referenced the newly elected bishops. The chair, Bishop William O. Gafkjen, said "Thanks to the work of the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of God's people, the Conference of Bishops is now more diverse in more ways than it has ever been... This is such an important gift, both because of the particular gifts and experiences each member of the conference brings and because it uncovers assumptions, challenges disparities and inequities, and calls for repentance and transformation in a church unaccustomed to such blessed diversity." (See here)
This summer Lutheran Church of the Nativity (ELCA) in North Conway, New Hampshire hosted Gay Men's Chorus. One of the lead sponsors of the event is Thrivent Financial.
Some of the money from the concert will be gifted to LGBT groups.
In a recent series of "Lenton Devotionals of LGBTQIA+ Lutherans," Micah Louwagie shared her "devotional" which in part said,
"My journey of coming out as nonbinary has been a journey of discovering the life that my bones hold, and of realizing that this life is good and holy. Living into my identity has been a breath of fresh air, a renewal of the spirit in my bones. The bones I once feared were too worn and weary to carry me any farther still have plenty of life left in them. God bless these beautiful queer bones." (See here)
"Nonbinary gender is an umbrella term to describe any gender identity that does not fit into the genderbinary of male and female." (See here)
"Micah is pursuing a Master of Divinity at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota." (See here) Lutheran Seminary is a school of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
This is the state of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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