Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Lutheran Mega-Church Cuts Ties With ELCA

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The Christian Post is reporting that Community of Joy Church in Glendale, Arizona, voted unanimously Sunday to cut its ties with the ELCA.

The Glendale church was the 10th largest ELCA congregation in America with 6,800 baptized members.

Pastor Walter Kallestad said in his public remarks, "There is such a different direction that the ELCA has chosen, a path they're traveling on, and we really believe that it just was not consistent to where God has called us."

"And so," the pastor said, "we're parting."

The church website cites three documents to help make clear the reasons for their action.

One document is on ELCA's policy toward Israel, which the church says they cannot support. The ELCA is not supportive of Israel and the church is very supportive of Israel.

A second document has to do with Holy Scripture, which the ELCA claims in its social statement on homosexuality, "cannot be used in isolation as a norm for Christian life and the source of knowledge for the exercise of moral judgement."

The Glendale church points out that ELCA's website states that the writers of the Bible, "sometimes provide differing and even contradictory views on God's word, ways and will."

They also point out a number of argumentative comments in the Lutheran Study Bible, including misleading translations and its silence on Apostle Paul's comment on homosexuality as sin.

The third document noted addresses activities taken by ELCA promoting homosexual clergy.

The issue of homosexuality and homosexual "marriage" is a defining issue. It transcends political alliances, denominational affiliations and local church membership. A realignment has already begun in the Christian church, in politics and in the culture.

At the heart of the matter, is what one believes about the Bible and its authority.

Be prayerful. Be Wise. Be vigilant.

God bless you.

Gary Randall
Faith & Freedom

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  1. Hurray! I hope more Bible-believing (and reading) Lutherans join with the Community of Joy! I don't know what politically "correct" peace pipe these ELCA leaders are smoking, but it has perverted their understanding of scripture and of God's word and will.

    Homosexuality is a sin and a choice, not some cosmic boo boo that God made in a minority of the population. That would make gays into miscreants! People sin, period. Homosexual sin is no different and all sin should be avoided, not embraced... to the best of our ability! Let us support one another in righteous living, and not condemn one another for our mistakes. But let us NOT confuse wrong with right, and let us strive to honor God in all we do, say and think.

    No matter how you slice it, somebody always whines when they don't get their way. No discipline is pleasant at the time, but in the end it produces a harvest of righteousness.

    The very least we can do is to respect the price that Christ paid on the cross - the horrible and painful suffering that he willingly gave for our salvation and for our freedom from sin. Let us not spit into his holy face because we are spoiled brats and want to have our fun.

    Especially, let us NOT capitulate to the ways of the world, whether for political or monetary gain, or just to be "accepted" or "inclusive". Be strong in the Lord and he will lift you up!

  2. Blessings of Deut 28 to the Lutheran churches that stand with the Lord. Won't the curses be upon
    the churches that go the way of the world?

    I still hope the ELCA will turn away from their destructions and go with God.

  3. The children of the captivity gave up their strange wives (see Ezra) so they could be in the congregation of the Lord. I wonder what they think of the way
    some of the Church has been going.

    Who builds the city of destruction? Whereupon are it's foundations fastened? Won't it be shaken one day?

    It's better for a Church to stand I think.


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