A Sad Day, A Black Eye
Yesterday marked a sad day in the history of one the the largest denominations in the United States, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It was a day where I am not so certain the man who bears the name of said denomination would have remained a member. Martin Luther based his entire life and theology on an unwavering passion for God’s holy Word, the Bible. In 1521, when faced with the choice to forsake the Gospel and the scriptures or hold true to the Bible and his writings, Martin Luther said “…I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not retract anything…May God help me. Amen.”
Such a statement today would not hold true in the minds of ELCA leaders (well, at least 559 of them). “Why should we as believers be captive to the word of God? they might ask. “That is just intolerant and unpopular.”
The ELCA has drifted away from the heritage into a post modern way of thinking far more influenced by society then the scriptures.
Allowing homosexual men (and women) to lead and pastor churches is wrong and clearly forbidden several times in scripture. The larger issue is that the church has gone from repenting of to endorsing sin. It has forsaken the truth of the Word of God for the lie of immorally influenced modern thinking. Just because something is popular doesn’t make it right. Jesus was far from popular in his day. And, ultimately, it got him murdered.
Hopefully such a lamentably deplorable decision causes many within the denomination to leave it and reconsider the Gospel. Many even for the first time. It is hard to fathom people in those pews being able to recognize truth. If it came from many of those leaders that voted yes in the ELCA vote yesterday, I fear they cannot.
If he were alive today, I suspect brother Martin would have had hammer and nails ready for the ELCA church door…