At some point I must leave the ELCA… sadly…

The decision of the ELCA to turn away from scripture and the tradition of the historic Christian church leaves me no choice but to follow the clear word of scripture. These are very harsh words and hard to say. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. (Gal 1:8) Paul had to say these words because he spoke the truth in love. Would some say that Paul did not love? If we love someone we will speak the truth so they can see who they really are before God and see the unmerited favor that god offers to all. I echo Paul’s words with much sadness, for as the Psalmist said, Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. (Ps. 133) This is no longer that case. I love my brothers and sisters in the faith but we must follow God’s Word above anything else.

In an October 16, 2009 letter from Lutheran CORE, Kenneth H. Sauer and Paull E. Spring (both formers bishops in the ELCA) stated the following… “Obviously we in Lutheran CORE are in disagreement with the decisions of the 2009 churchwide assembly. We see those decisions as part of an ongoing failure, within the churchwide expression of the ELCA, to listen to the words of Holy Scripture and the witness of two thousand years of Christian reflection on the Word of God. For these reasons Lutheran CORE is in the process of discerning prayerfully how God wishes to use us in ministry, a ministry that sadly must take place apart from the ELCA.”

At some point I must leave the ELCA… sadly…


2 Responses to At some point I must leave the ELCA… sadly…

  1. theoldadam says:

    When my pastor leaves (or retires), my wife and I will also more than likely leave the ELCA, also.

    It really is sad what they have done to our church.

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