Thursday, July 28, 2005

Dividing the House of God

By Alexander Samuels

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, will hold its Churchwide Assembly next month (August 8-14) in Orlando, Florida. During this gathering, proposals are expected to be put forward to allow for the ordination of . . . gays and lesbians involved in same-sex unions and the blessing of such relationships.

An article titled "Conservative Lutherans Tell ELCA 'Not to Divide Our House'" posted at last week reports that leaders of Solid Rock Lutherans Inc., a group within the ELCA, are standing in opposition to these proposals. In fact, the group was created two years ago to oppose such changes in the denomination's doctrine on sexuality and is dedicated to upholding current Biblical and Lutheran confessional standards on sexual conduct and ordination.

Although I am not a Lutheran, it is definitely with the Solid Rock I stand. I simply do not understand why people want to call themselves Christians when they don't believe in the clear teaching of the Bible. Perhaps it is some inner need to feel spiritual—not realizing they are representing the spirit of Satan.


At Thursday, July 28, 2005 8:19:00 PM, Anonymous Tim in VT said...

Jesus warned that even the very elect might be deceived. He asked if he would find faith upon his return.

I think the reason that people persist in professing Christian faith, in spite of clear disagreement with the plain teaching of the Bible, lies (in part, at least) within the Church itself. For too many years we have allowed people to believe that being American and being Christian are synonymous. Too often people are not challenged on basic errors, until one day (now here) those errors have piled up into the "doctrines and traditions" of men, not God. Too often have we sacrificed adherance to Biblical principles for the sake of building numbers. We don't want to drive them away and now "they" begin to take over.

Sadly, the result is that WE look like the bigots. We are painted as those in the wrong. And because we do not want to split the Church, we allow the problems to persist.

I, for one, welcome the divisions. If we do not stand up for Biblical truth we become irrelevant in the worst of ways - we have nothing to offer the world except what they can get in their own living rooms every evening on TV. I believe that the divisions are actually healthy for the Church, in that they allow us to - finally - take a stand. And I think there are many in the world who will rejoice and join us. But "If none go with me, still I will follow!"

At Friday, July 29, 2005 7:07:00 AM, Anonymous Alex said...

"A great part of the evangelical community has transferred authority from Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone) to Sola Cultura (by culture alone)."

Os Guinness


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