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 ReligionJournal.com 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.