In an effort to more accepting of other cultures and religions, ELCA scholars have concluded that faith in the Risen Christ is not necessary to ensure one’s salvation. This concept of “universalism” that is being promoted by the ELCA is based on the premise that God is a loving God that freely grants His grace and offers salvation to everyone, regardless of one’s belief. This, as many of the ELCA’s more modern doctrinal shifts, contains only a part of the truth. Yes, God does freely offer the gift of salvation to everyone, but the caveat is that one must accept and believe that Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, suffered and died for us as a final atonement for our sin. There is no other way. John 14:6-7, ”Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” The ELCA teaches and believes that there are many ways to God, but that Christianity is a “better” way. Apparently, Christians will get upgraded accommodations in our Father’s house.
They also teach and believe that Muslims and Christians worship the same God. This again is also a half truth. Both religions do, in fact, worship the God of Abraham and Moses, but the Islam faith denies Jesus Christ as Savior and son of God. Furthermore, Islam rejects God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, believing in God (Allah) alone. Since there is no Savior in the Islamic faith, they remain under the law and reject God’s grace. John 3:36, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.” Those that remain under the law continue to be under the penalty of original sin. Without our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, there is no atonement for their sin and those under the law are due the penalty for that sin. But, because the leadership and scholars of the ELCA wish to portray themselves as enlightened and all accepting, they endorse the principle of receiving God’s grace and salvation without our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. So, according to this concept of universalism, our Savior is optional and everyone is saved no matter what they believe or do. If we choose this path, for what purpose would we worship our God? If it doesn’t matter, why should we believe, pray or worship at all? We may as well enjoy life to the fullest and experience any and all that there is in this world. This is just more evidence that the leadership of the ELCA is greasing the skids on a pathway to hell, in a headlong rush to lead their membership away from the Lord.
We must continue to fight the good fight and inform those that are unaware of this false gospel promoted by the leadership and scholars of the ELCA. We must remain true to the Word of God and work to promote the Gospel to all nations. The Bishop of the Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA stated in his address to the June 2010 Assembly that we don’t need to turn the heart of every Muslim to Christ. Jesus gave His final instructions to the Disciples in the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-19, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” We must choose to obey our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim His Gospel to the world. For those without faith in our Lord remain lost in their sin. As disciples of Christ, it is our responsibility to expose the false teachings that are being promoted by the leadership of the ELCA. Too many souls are at risk to simply leave this denomination and turn our backs on those that choose to remain or those that are unaware. We must always reach out in Christian love in the hope that the Spirit will open their hearts and minds to lead them back on the path to salvation and away from the slippery slope of the false gospel of tolerance, justice and acceptance that is being promoted over the Gospel of Christ.