Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Please drop the “Lutheran” part of your Name


This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2 Tim. 3:1-5  KJV

As the 2 or 3 regular readers of this blog know I am a member of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod.  Look at the left column there are links to their website, links to LCMS Sermons – I now have included a link to a WELS church.

The LCMS is a conservative church that holds firm to the teachings of Jesus.  The teachings are simple; Jesus died for us on the cross and for our sins.  Know that and keep that in your heart and your ticket is stamped to the road upstairs.

I look at the ELCA who split off from the LCMS in the 1970’s and one must think what the heck is going on here?   In 2009 they passed by a clear cut majority that Gays can become Pastors if they are in committed relationships.

 Martin Luther correctly identifies homosexuality with the sin of Sodom. Commenting on Genesis 19:4-5 he writes:

I for my part do not enjoy dealing with this passage, because so far the ears of the  Germans are innocent of and uncontaminated by this monstrous depravity; for even though disgrace, like other sins, has crept in through an ungodly soldier and a lewd merchant, still the rest of the people are unaware of what is being done in secret. The Carthusian monks deserve to be hated because they were the first to bring this terrible pollution into Germany from the monasteries of Italy. (Luther’s Works, Vol. 3, 251-252)

And then in the same section of the Genesis lecturers, Luther refers to:

The heinous conduct of the people of Sodom ” as “extraordinary, inasmuch as they departed from the natural passion and longing of the male for the female, which is implanted into nature by God, and desired what is altogether contrary to nature. Whence comes this perversity? Undoubtedly from Satan, who after people have once turned away from the fear of God, so powerfully suppresses nature that he blots out the natural desire and stirs up a desire that is contrary to nature. (Luther’s Works, Vol. 3, 255)

The ELCA continues to show that promoting their political positions is a major priority.  The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America just posted on their website and sent out an email asking readers to “Call Your Representative Today to Vote NO on the ‘Cut, Cap and Balance Act.’”

Here is another example of the ELCA using their resources and displaying their true focus — pushing a political agenda.

Now it seems to me that you Joe or Jane ELCA Member that your money that you think is a tithe and gift to God is really going to promote the ideology of the Democratic party, the ELCA’s social justice causes and progressive policies.  When you throw in the fact that the ELCA is seemingly indifferent to making disciples for Christ and bringing the lost to the salvation offered by Jesus (to all those who believe).

One would wonder if God would find your Gift and Tithes to be used in this fashion acceptable.

I implore the ELCA to drop the Lutheran name and while they are at it drop “church” as well.  Martin Luther is spinning in his grave on what his name has become and stands for in the ELCA’s hands and last I checked out Jesus was married to the church – not a Political Action and Fundraising Committee.

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3 Responses to “Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – Please drop the “Lutheran” part of your Name”

  1. While they’re at it, they might as well drop “Evangelical” too. Evangelicals are supposed to have a high view of Scripture. Luther is spinning in his grave!

  2. Jared: Good point. They can just call them themselves “In America” then. That is the only part of their name that is accurate, that they are in America.

  3. tony degrazia Says:

    And is the LCMS any better when in a majority of churches I served in would hand out voters guides that supported a Republican agenda? The ELCA is a liberal concern, and for that fact they have earned the right to call themselves Lutheran. They have gone against the accepted thinking in conservative circles. They are ridiculed at every turn for their loving actions. And they sufer under judgement, much like Luther. They have taken grace to its logical conclusion, and are unapologetic for it, much like Luther. And they cannot step back into the dark halls of the church they too, once loved, much like Luther. The schism of the Seventies was caused by those that refused to bow down to bullies who preached the status quo. And when it comes to the gay issue, they refused to get hung up on the sexual proclivities, but rather see sinner and saint. In short, the liberal Christian is the more mature Christian. They have the courage to let go of God’s hand at times, and make their way. And they don’t feel compelled to defend the most powerful being, because he does not need us to defend him. It is pride, pure and simple that drives certain people to want to tattle to God all the time about how

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