Thursday, August 23, 2007

Going, Going, Gone!

On the final day of its 2007 Churchwide Assembly in Chicago (Saturday, August 11), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted a resolution which “prays, urges, and encourages [ELCA geographical] synods, synodical bishops, and the presiding bishop to refrain from or demonstrate restraint in disciplining those rostered leaders in a mutual, chaste, and faithful committed same-gender relationship who have been called and rostered in this church."
The ELCA continues to slide down the slippery slope toward compromise with the world. There is no Biblical rationale for this decision. It is entirely based on worldly opinion and a refusal to abide by God's Word. Homosexuality is a sin against God. To have "rostered leaders" trying to justify their behavior is beyond description. For those who are still faithful in the ELCA, my advice to you is get out now. Why the ELCA continues to keep the Lutheran name is beyond my feeble understanding.


At 12:26 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them {Leviticus 20:13). About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 2004, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages . God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17]. Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination (Leviticus 18:22).

At 5:23 PM, Blogger Todd M. said...

Is the ELCA really going downhill this way? We were members of a ELCA church 15 years ago. We moved, and actually joined a A.R. Presbyterian Church. We still hold to the Lutheran view of the sacraments. We are actually thinking about going back to the Lutheran Church. I miss the liturgy. I also believe we recieve the body and blood during communion, wheras the presbyterian view is a bit different. We have been visiting a ELCA church, but with some of their current views as a national church, I'm afraid to join them at this time. We only have one LCMS church here in town and it uses a more contemporary worship. We are not sure now what to do as the closest true confessional Lutheran congregational church is 40 minutes away. What do you all think??? Drive this distance and only be partly involved with the church, or go to the LCMS here with the contempory worship? Or just stay in the ARP church?

At 12:06 PM, Blogger stjohnstrongs said...

This is a comment for Todd M. Thank you for your post. My "advice" to you would be to, first, find out if the local LCMS church has a traditional service. Most LCMS church still have some sort of traditional service. Stay away from the contemporary service. If they have no traditional service, let me encourage you to make the sacrifice and attend the confessional church. 40 minutes is a long way; but, it is important to attend a church that teaches God's Holy Word in its truth and purity and that administers the Sacraments according the Institutuion of Christ. It is worth the sacrifice to attend a faithful church. Enjoy the extra time with your family or by yourself and know that you will be hearing God's Word and receiving the Sacraments rightly; and you won't be exposed to teaching that can lead to spiritual harm. God's blessings.


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