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.