An ELCA pastor's LGBTQ Easter sermon: Don't be afraid to affirm your true, authentic gay/transgender self
(The following article is from Rev. Tom Brock of pastorsstudy.org. You can follow Pastor Brock on Facebook - here and Twitter - here.)
Dawn Bennett, a "queer and cisgender" pastor of the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has posted her Easter sermon. The point of the sermon is "Do not be afraid" to be your true, authentic gay, transgender self for this is "who God created you to be." She also reads from the Inclusive Bible and prays to "Holy Father, Holy Mother, Holy Parent", saying "Thank you for our queerness."
The Bible teaches homosexual behavior is sin (for all the verses, see my article "What does the Bible say about homosexuality?" at pastorsstudy.org). Jesus taught that God made us "male and female" (Matthew 19:4). He did not add "or gay, or transgender, or bisexual, or omnisexual or queer".
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Tom Brock
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The conference was held in 1994, was organized by ELCA members and an ELCA seminary professor is quoted.
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Kaitlin Pabo-Eulberg is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. One of her favorite terms for God is El Shaddai, which she translates as "the Breasted One."
And the following tweet is from Journey of Faith church, an ELCA church in Windsor Mill, MD.
This is another example of ELCA churches and leaders referring to God as a female.
"The Holy Spirit knows what she is doing when she raises up leaders." (3:10 minute mark)
"But the Holy Spirit, well she will not be denied." (11:35 minute mark)
These are statements of the ELCA's Florida-Bahamas Synod Vice President Cheryl Stuart, given at the Florida-Bahamas Synod Assembly. (See below)
If you listen to the synod vice president's message you will hear it is mostly comprised of social justice rhetoric, including those favorable to transgenders, illegal immigrants and homosexuality.
Vice President Stuart even called the 2009 ELCA vote "to say 'Yes' to LGBTQ clergy and partner relationships staying in the pulpit," "prophetic."
This is the state of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
2019 Assembly--Report from Synod VP Cheryl Stuart from Florida-Bahamas Synod.
It is acceptable and practically normal in the ELCA to call God, "the Queer Divine," "the Femme Divine," "the Black Divine," and "Ze."
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