Sara Villarreal Bishop is a vicar to the Estonian Lutheran Church at ELCA Global Mission. A month ago the ELCA leader wrote a Facebook post that in part said, "I am a Christian who thinks that organized religion has seen its time and needs to go gently into that good night. We’re not doing it right. We’re making it worse. But I also believe people are seeking something greater than themselves because we are greater than ourselves, and I want to help them find THEIR way, not mine. God is big enough for that. And I'm both, Christian and ... well, not." (see her full post below)
Are there any Bible-believing, orthodox individuals going to ELCA seminaries?
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)
The ELCA's Reformation Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC offered an adult Sunday school class called "Being Thankful for Ourselves: LGBTQIA+ Affirmations." As you can see, it was very affirming of homosexuality and transgenderism.
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.
ELCA seminarian Elle Dowd has this to say about ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). "ICE is a terrorist organization. ICE is the Gestapo. ICE is Boke Haram."
Then ELCA Pastor Ryan Chaddick of American Lutheran Church in Burbank, CA posted his support for Elle Dowd's statement on Exposing the ELCA's Facebook page. Read more about Elle Dowd here.
As mentioned above, ELCA Pastor Ryan Chaddick wrote this comment on Exposing the ELCA's Facebook page under the posting of this blog about ICE.
Homosexual ELCA Pastor Kevin Strickland, is the Assistant to the Presiding Bishop of the ELCA. He also, as seen below, is a "Trans* Ally."
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."
An ELCA member tweets "I spoke to the former presiding bishop of the ELCA a few months ago, & he said, it is A-OK to embrace "religious hybridity".
If true, this is truly disturbing.
ELCA Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson is the Director for Evangelical Mission for the Northeastern Iowa Synod. Her social media posts contain lots of anger and politics. Below she calls a U.S. Congressman Steve King a "old white racist."
It seems Rev. Colville-Hanson thinks the United States is pretty racist and sexist too. (See here and below.)
Read more about ELCA Pastor Joelle Colville-Hanson here.
Below you will find quotes by two ELCA bishops in support of Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries (ELM). ELM describes itself as a "professional community for publicly identified gender and sexual minority ministers and candidates" (See here )
The first quote is by Delaware-Maryland Synod Bishop William Gohl.
Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries has an article that addresses this on its website. The article shares a quote from Bishop Kirby Unti of the Northwest Washington Synod that says, “The church has entered a time when what we need are effective adaptive leaders. Our LGBTQIA+ ministers tend to be some of our best adaptive leaders. Their lives have relied upon adaptive sensibilities in order to thrive.” (See here)
See the ELCA church's tweet below. It doesn't say what the referred to family needs sanctuary from, but you all probably have a good guess. Two ELCA church's are involved.
The tweeted link says "Miriam Vargas entered sanctuary on June 27, 2018 at First English Lutheran Church."
The fundraising event was hosted by the Columbus Sanctuary Collective. Here is what that group's Facebook page looks like.
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.
Sexual abuse is evil, sinful and wrong but God does forgive those who seek forgiveness. This ELCA bishop should know that and not even hint that people can not find forgiveness for any of their sins.
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.
Lefty ELCA Pastor Jason Chesnut, co-creator of multiple vile "devotionals" (see here) seems to be saying there are more than two genders with his retweet. Science and truth are your friend, Rev. Chesnut.
Homosexual ELCA bishop Guy Erwin, of the Southwest California Synod.
ELCA pastor Elizabeth Rawlings is an ELCA campus pastor at the University of Washington. She has a lot to say about almost every topic that the liberal left cares about. It kind of scares me. We will start this off with something Rev. Rawlings shared that seems to be saying there is no eternal hell.
Here are some more disturbing posts by this ELCA pastor:
Be sure to catch these quotes -
"If you want to take this further, as you breathe, imagine there is a light shining somewhere outside of you. Feel the light shine on your body. Feel its warmth. That light is love/God/spirit/creatrix. Breathe it in. Fill your body with the light and love of that which made you."
"If your cosmology allows for it, picture yourself surrounded by Jesus, ancestors, Angels, guiding spirits, a cloud of witnesses, (whatever works for the way you walk in the world) all holding you and keeping you safe." (See here also)
Reproductive health care is important Rev. Rawlings and she seems (see below) to be supportive of Planned Parenthood.
Rev. Rawlings shared this Facebook post by Linda Tirado.
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