The leadership of the ELCA has been driven to reinvent Scripture and to reconstruct traditional Lutheran doctrine to mirror current secular ideology in their misguided attempt to modernize the Word to draw in a more diverse membership. The new doctrine of bound conscience, adopted just one year ago, has already been redefined to apply to only those that “toe the line” with the ELCA’s new and improved interpretation of Scripture. As their progressive scholars bend, staple and mutilate Scripture to advance their worldly desires, the leadership has reached back into the past. It seems that this wayward denomination, so enamored with becoming the modern and accepting end all to a new form of Lutheranism, has harkened back to the Dark Ages, and has re-established the “Inquisition”. This new hard line approach has many ELCA pastors afraid to even discuss this false gospel promoted by the leadership of the ELCA with their respective congregations. ELCA pastors that adhere to and proclaim the Scripture as God’s Word and infer in any way that the ELCA’s new doctrine is contrary to our Lord’s intent, are facing discipline, including the threat of expulsion and loss of their standing with the church.
As more congregations vote to sever ties with the ELCA, more are challenged by the Synod Bishops on the procedures and standards used when conducting those votes. The ELCA leadership is making more attempts to confiscate the properties of those congregations voting to leave. Grants made years ago to congregations are being required to be repaid. The ELCA constitution rules have been changed, preventing congregations from amending their congregational constitutions without instituting all the new policies on human sexuality and pastoral standards. Congregations will be expected to honor and are required to report to the ELCA on the progress of their implementation of these new standards. While the leaders tout the ELCA as so very accepting, tolerant, and welcoming to everyone, they are nothing of the sort to those that remain true to God’s Word.
On July 25, 2010 seven gay and lesbian pastors, including the first transgendered Lutheran pastor in the US were ordained, officiated by, not one, but three ELCA Bishops. In this service, the Lord’s Prayer took on a completely new form. Reported in the August 2010 Lutheran Core Newsletter, the new Lord’s Prayer was recited publicly in the following manner, “Our Mother who is within us, we celebrate your many names, your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us. Each day you give us what we need. You remind us of our limits and we let go. You support us in our power and we act in courage. For you are the dwelling place within us, and the celebration among us, now and forever. Amen.” Brothers and sisters, this is not the prayer that our Lord taught His Disciples and not what you were taught in Sunday School and confirmation classes. Any church that promotes this type of reshaping of the faith that our Lord calls upon us, is not following our Lord’s command. By becoming the central emphasis in this perverted version of the Lord’s Prayer, man has indeed placed himself as god and relegated our Lord to a secondary role. When we place ourselves above our Lord, we break His First Commandment to us and, in fact, worship ourselves, our identities, and our accomplishments.
This progressive minority that has hijacked our faith from within the ELCA must be defeated. It has been obvious that the leadership of the ELCA has been on a deliberate course to rewrite Scripture and force upon their membership their vision of the perfect religion. Unfortunately this new version places man and his opinion on a higher plane than God. This is not something that has happened overnight. The leadership of the ELCA has been very cunning and calculated in this over two decade’s long crusade to replace God’s Word with a more modern and all accepting new religion. As with the radical Islamists, the leadership has been very patient, waiting for just the right time to foist this false gospel upon its membership. Those that have been compelled to dwell in the Word are finally realizing what has transpired within the ELCA. Romans 8:9, “You, however, are not controlled by the sinful nature but are in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.” For those that belong to Christ, the time is now to act and leave this misguided denomination behind, awash in their heretical teachings. Pray for those trapped, unaware of the deception within the ELCA and those that choose to remain out of the misguided notion of not breaking the unity of the church. We are united in Christ, not in the church, and there is far too little emphasis on Christ in the ELCA. Pray that those pastors that are afraid are inspired and given courage by the Holy Spirit to speak out and inform their congregations so that their eyes may be opened to see how the leaders of the ELCA have betrayed their faith. Pray that somehow the leadership of the ELCA will return to God’s Word and abandon this ill-advised assault on Scripture. Do not forget our brothers and sisters that remain in the ELCA and continue to reach out to them in Christian love, continually praying for their deliverance from the false gospel perpetrated by the leadership of the ELCA.