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(RNS) Observers say the election of the first openly gay Lutheran bishop in the United States is as significant as the decision to ordain women clergy, but they don't expect the decision to split the 4 million-member ELCA.

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  1. Missouri Synod Lutherans, you know what you must do. It’s time to stop being “unequally yoked.” ELCA has gone off the deep end, and despite common projects like “disaster relief” and “immigration reform”, the last thing you need is for ELCA to pull you under with them.

    It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s time to tell ELCA good-bye.

  2. Rev. onah Gregory Ph.D

    Lutherans all over the world, believe, teach and uphold the truth that the Holy bible is the WORD of God and is the final authority in all manners of faith and practice. The sainted C. F. W. Walter has pointed out the fact that those who live such lives are living in abominable sins and such cannot lay claim to christianity, rather he classified them under unbelievers, though they lay claim to orthodoxy but they actually have dead faith. The time has come for all true Lutherans to leave ELCA or it is time for ELCA to stop claiming the Lutheran identity. Our prayers of repentance will always be offered for them all.

    • Rev. Kelly G. Lewis

      Rev. Gregory — I wonder if you remember who said “In Christ there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female ….”

      I hesitate to mention that I am a seminary trained, ordained Lutheran pastor who, as it happens is also female, because I’m pretty sure that last descriptor disqualifies me as an interpreter or preacher of Scripture in your theology.

      • Little Lamb of GOD

        Dear brothers and sisters, I wish you all know that the end time is approching closer than ever, because Satan has fooled even the elected people of God. When a church openly shows defiance against the Biblical teaching, you know that church is not a church of God anymore. God put rainbow in the sky to promise not to flood the entire earth again. But God never promise no fire, no brimestone from heaven again when he saved LOT and his family out of SODOM. Be aware of this, SODOM will be punished again with fire and brimestone, in a morden language, that is NUCLEAR WAR and mass destruction of the earth with fire and brimestone.
        I pray we all know this and take action to repent ourselves in front of Jesus. Turn away from sinning against God. He is Holy, He forgive, but we only receive his forgiveness when we repent from things that is abominable to Him.

    • Geoffrey Smith

      “Lutherans all over the world, believe, teach and uphold the truth that the Holy bible is the WORD of God and is the final authority in all manners of faith and practice.”

      Why? By whose authority?

  3. Let’s apply an ELCA-revised 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 as a consistent standard for would-be ELCA bishops:

    “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

    Since the ELCA has eisegetically excised part of 1 Corinthians 6 to put its denominational imprimatur on homosexual sex, when will Bishop Gonia and other ELCA leaders be gushing over the appointments of the first proudly unrepentant adulterer, thief, and swindler to the office of ELCA bishop?

  4. I used to be a member of the ELCA, but left that denomination years ago. Regarding the election of this gay bishop, Martin Marty says, ““This is just one of many indications that the culture has shifted.” There may be a cultural shift, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and God’s Word is true and never changes.

    I work for a huge corporation, which promotes the gay and lesbian movement and strongly pushes it on us, employees. They pour billions of dollars into the gay agenda every year.

    The Bible tells us to hate the sin and love the sinner. I pray for those, who are gay and lesbian, as well as those, who support them. They are human beings, too, in need of the love and forgiveness of the Savior, Jesus Christ.

  5. Obviously, the ELCA and it’s members are not reading the Bible. You don’t need to go to seminary to understand scripture. It is crystal clear on sexual immorality. Don’t even attempt to go there!! I don’t hate a soul on this earth but I do hate sin. We should love everyone and hate the sin. Just because someone has a mental disability in homosexuality (+/- 3%) doesn’t mean we should condone the decision to act on it. A man may want to have sex with every lady he sees but he can’t act on it. There are plenty of disabilities that exist. The blind, the crippled etc. all have their challenges and the suck. The gay community wants normalcy concerning marriage and that is their (in your face) agenda. Even unions are not acceptable if benefits were the same.
    I feel for the gay community as they deal with a very unique disability. You can take religion and opinion out of the equation and you are left with cold hard facts. It wasn’t meant to be and God couldn’t give any more evidence to confirm that conclusion.

  6. Wow! Not too long ago a lot of Christians believed blacks were animals. The Christian blacks waited and waited for the Christian church to speak up against the killing and abuse. The church never did. Is that the Christianity the homopobic are refering to?

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