A 'Sex-Positive Gospel'
Calvary Lutheran Church in Federal Way, WA is had a series of free forums under the banner "Silent No More: Sex, Gender & Identity in the Church." (See more about the speaker here)
One forum is titled "Sex, God, & the Conservative Church, Erasing Shame From Sexual Intimacy": A Sociological Account." The speaker is a therapist endorsing a "sex-positive Gospel."
The other forums are called "Seeing Beauty": A Person Account. (the speaker is active in LGBTQIA organizations) and "Hitler's Pink Victims": A Historical Account.
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.
From the sound and look of this tweet, by seminarian Kevin Beebe (in 2016), Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary may have been providing condoms to their seminary students. Mr. Beebe writes, "#PLTS caring about sexual health and resources for assault and abuse. @ELCA @ELCAYoungAdults #theologyinpractice". Then he posted a picture of a basket full of condoms and brochures.
Prayers to Embrace Sin
Diana Edis is an ELCA pastor at Breath Of Life Lutheran Church in Blythewood, South Carolina. Here is a prayer she shared on her Facebook page from the LGBT rights religious organization, ReconcilingWorks. It asks the "Living Spirit" to "teach us to embrace all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions."
This is what the ELCA has become. A denomination where their pastors/leaders reject the clear teaching of God and in this case, are in favor of people sleeping together (having sex) before marriage. (See Hebrews 13:4 to learn what God has to say on this topic, for starters). Seems God's Word is just ignored now in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
ELCA members should ask themselves what their current ELCA pastor believes, and does not believe, when it comes to God's Word? Additionally, contemplate what future pastors in your church family, trained by the ELCA, will believe about God's Word and what they will be teaching the congregation.
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