By Tom Prichard
The large Lutheran church body, the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, continues to speak out of both sides of its mouth regarding homosexual behavior. The four and a half million member Evangelical Lutheran Church of America continues its debate about homosexuality and their clergy. The result is double talk and more confusion in a church body already adrift and losing members.
A study commissioned by the church on human sexuality in preparation for its next denominational meeting seeks to both placate those who hold to the biblical view that homosexual behavior is sin and incompatible with Scripture while at the same time seeking to please homosexual activists and their supporters in the denomination. The result: a church continuing its drift into heresy.
At their last national convention, delegates passed a resolution that gives bishops discretion on whether or not they enforce the policy prohibiting homosexual behavior among its clergy. In other words, individual bishops will determine what the ELCA’s position is in practice on the issue of homosexuality. These actions continue the liberal, unbiblical drift in the ELCA since it’s inception in the late 1980s.
The ELCA’s church leadership in its seminaries, bishops and bureaucracy is clearly very liberal while the average church member and many of its pastors would subscribe to a more biblical approach towards homosexual behavior.
It’s sad to see a church body with historic roots going back centuries repudiate a basic Christian belief. But that’s what the ELCA is looking to do. Our response whether you’re a member of an ELCA church or not? Pray for them and their leaders that they will not abandon the faith and there will be prophets raised up to speak boldly the truth in love.