Thursday, August 22, 2019

Lutherans Tape 9.5 Theses to Door of ICE Building

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The namesake church of Martin Luther taped 9.5 theses to the door of the ICE building in Milwaukee this month, expressing their concerns for immigrants and refugees---much like Martin Luther expressed his to the Catholic Church.

Luther's position was clear---"The just shall live by faith."

The "concerns" of the ELCA are likely sincere, but some of them are confused.

Immigrant issues are complex and are dividing our country and our churches, but God is neither confused nor divided.

Be informed.

The Lutheran's response to illegal immigration.


More than 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the church in Whittenberg, Germany, expressing his grievances with his Catholic Church.

Earlier this month, the mainline Protestant denomination bearing Luther's name---Evangelical Lutheran Church in America--- taped their 9.5 grievances regarding immigration to the door of the ICE building in Milwaukee.

The action was part of a prayer vigil for migrant children and their families.

It took place on the same day the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America declared itself a "sanctuary church body" signaling its support for immigrants.

Both of these actions came as a direct response to President Trump's policies at the southern border---and elsewhere.

Leaders and others expressed their frustrations, saying "it just keeps getting worse and worse."

The vigil was opened with a prayer by Bishop Paul Erickson, which began with, "To Jesus Christ, immigrant and savior."

About 570 of the church assembly signed up to march nearly a mile from the convention center to the ICE facility.

As they marched, they chanted, "This is what the Love of God looks like."

There is no question that God loves every person on this earth. And He loves immigrants. In fact, the abuse of immigrants is mentioned in II Chronicles where King Solomon focused on the "seven prayers for seven judgments."

I have been a guest speaker in several ELCA churches in recent years, and have a number of pastor friends in that denomination. There is a divide within the church over biblical marriage vs same-sex "marriage" that has caused churches to split over the issue.

The ELCA has more than 3.3 million members in the US and 9100 congregations.

I would suspect, not all ELCA churches agree with all that was said and done by the 927 voting members at their national assembly.

In biblical terms, marriage is very clear. It is only between a man and a woman.

Immigration issues are a bit more complex, but God is not divided nor is He confused on the matter.

God's position on immigration is clear.


Pastor Sam Rohrer, president of the American Pastor's Network, addressed this issue recently---not in regard to the ELCA, but in a wider scope of all Protestant churches in America.

Rohrer says:
"Immigrants were once welcomed in America so they could know our God who is the Light, not used as political pawns; Yet caution is needed when immigrants are confused with 'strangers'."

Borders and immigration issues are sometimes complex issues for Christians, but we must be informed. Immigration will be a major issue in the 2020 presidential election and is always a critical issue in our accountability to God and His Word.

Some of the following are drawn from his comments. The balance is my own thoughts and convictions.

The abuse of immigrants is mentioned in II Chronicles, where King Solomon focuses on "seven prayers for seven judgments."

These are 7 warnings for nations that turn their backs on God. One of the signs of having turned one's back on God is the "abuse of immigrants."

From our nation's founding, we have welcomed the immigrant. In fact, the plaque at the base of the Statue of Liberty says in part,
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

Our Founders spoke often of America as a shining city on a hill, a beacon of light, man's last best hope for freedom, etc., but today, immigration---particularly illegal immigration---has simply become a pawn in the political hands of the secular progressive Left.

Solomon saw the horrendous government injustice to the stranger and saw that it could tarnish the testimony of God.

Instead of pointing man to God, ungodly governments point man to a god of their own making. A false god. Government itself.

False moral and biblical arguments are many---abundant, from the pulpit---regarding the Christian view of immigration.

The moral component being cited by religious Left social justice leaders like Jim Wallis and his Sojourners organization, justify a nearly open-border policy, and they base that position on the biblical admonition to "welcome the stranger and sojourner." Then they couple this with the biblical command to care for the poor, the widow and the orphan, to turn the other cheek and to love your enemies.

We as Americans are known for our compassion for the poor and perhaps have set the highest standard in the history of civilization in giving to others from our abundance. That is the Christian way.

However, the Christian Left has twisted and bent Scripture to say what God has not said.

Wallis and others are misleading the Christian community. They are wrongly applying a command to the church and individuals to government public policy.

This is not only unbiblical and denies the clear teaching of Scripture, but it is also dangerous and threatens the very foundation of our system of civil government that permits the Church and individuals to freely fulfill what God has commanded.

Should the Church be concerned about helping the poor, the refugee? Absolutely.

But this command only applies to these two jurisdictions---Church and individuals, here in our nation, our own communities or our own neighbors. And yes, we are to reach out to the world in compassion, but the commandment is to believers---not the government.

Jehovah God,  the author of Moral Truth, and Jesus Christ, the Embodiment of Truth, never told any nation to open their arms unconditionally to the "stranger."

God never commanded any nation, including His own nation of Israel, to invite in the sworn enemies of God or those committed to the destruction of their system of moral and civil law.

God is not the author of confusion, nor is He the author lawlessness.

There is simply no moral obligation for government to do what is currently being done and advocated by the "sanctuary movement."

It is a violation of moral law to advocate or assist in bringing in those whose beliefs include a sworn commitment to kill us.

Open borders have created destructive chaos in our country. A spirit of lawlessness now prevails in many of our cities,

Sanctuary churches are undermining the rule of law, which is the cornerstone of a just society.

I have followed the "sanctuary" movement within the church for the past number of years. In every case, it leads to brazenly thumbing the nose at our national immigration laws.

Churches and church denominations that become "sanctuary," in nearly every case become a haven for some of the most dangerous criminals. I've followed the results from Portland and Seattle, to Tucson, Austin, Denver, Chicago, and the Catholic Church.

The "sanctuary movement" is an unholy alliance between church leaders, activists, and the open borders lobby that extends from the Vatican to the Rev. Jim Wallis to George Soros' tied Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ). It's a web of nearly 100 interfaith committees, campus agitators, and churches all steeped in the tactics of Saul Alinsky and his community organizing.

If houses of worship become the front line of undermining law and order, our national sovereignty doesn't have a prayer.

I just wish the ELCA would not have chosen this path.

Be Informed. Be Discerning. Be Faithful. Be Prayerful.


5 comments:

  1. God is a God of mercy, but He is also a God of justice. Perhaps we should in this case say "the faithful shall live justly", that is, within the existing laws. Our immigration laws have been outdated for many years, and the Democrats had every opportunity to rewrite laws during Obama's first term. They did not, because I honestly believe they did not want to. They thrive on confusion and everything they threw out on immigration reform was stated in such a way that the Republicans would not approve, hence making the Republicans look as if they were racists and did not want more immigrants. I also believe that it was intentional, and they succeeded... until Trump won... but they never gave up. The leftist agenda is not just immigration. As you point out, the gay marriage issue is huge, and it is no coincidence that those that want "open borders" are the same ones that approve of gay marriage, late term abortions, etc. But just as the case of kneeling for the national anthem, it is not real dialogue that is being sought, but rather the division that leads to confusion... and we know who is the author of confusion.... hint: it is not God.

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  2. Jesus immigrated legally.

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  3. How can one have one half of a thesis?

    Technically immigrants can only be abused once they enter a country, can they not since they are not immigrants until they arrive? If they do not enter the US they are not immigrants to the US so they can not be abused by the US until they get here. Preventing them from entering precludes them being abused as immigrants by the US. Since the US is so bad to these people and the US is such a bad country in other regards, perhaps we should emulate the immigration policies of other countries - maybe China, North Korea, etc since they are so much better than we are.

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  4. In Truth...
    These marches and protests using God as a leverage and reducing Martin Luther's crucial challenge to the corrupt church to a 'stunt' are in fact disgraceful. Virtue-signaling has become a new sport for the LEFT as they now compete with each other to see who can insight the most judgmental spite and anger toward those who disagree with their destructive ideologies, and appear virtuous in the process. In truth...illegal aliens (not immigrants) have become a perfect vehicle by which self-righteous political activists can pretend to be on the 'right' side of what is clearly a loosing argument.

    The citizens of every nation have the moral and ethical obligation to obey and support the laws of their country. The current immigration laws are not "broken" until people "break" those laws. Are our laws against "murder', or 'theft', broken? The answer is NO.
    America’s laws allow the legal immigration of more people than any country in the world. Our laws DO NOT allow "illegal immigration" for good reason that any idiot can understand with little to no effort.

    God the Father and Jesus both clearly communicated that obedience to the law was paramount, and many of the penalties prescribed reflected how important God thinks this obedience is. "Foreigners' in the Old Testament were not to be "mistreated", but they were never mandated to be embraced as citizens of Israel or given the rights of those who were. In fact, they were often allowed to be made slaves to households so those households would then keep them from starving as there was no free ride offered by the 'government'.

    America will not survive the cultural and economic damage incurred by these massive numbers of people who are essentially invading our country because we have what they want. Poverty is abundant around the world, but America will not survive to help others if we pretend to be able to help everyone who shows up on our border demanding entry and benefits. This is why every country has laws to assure that immigrants are balanced in that most are allowed because they will make the country stronger by what they produce, not weaker by what they consume. We want "immigrants" who want to become "Americans' in the time-tested sense of what an "American Citizen" has always meant. We do not want 'Colonizers' who do not care about becoming Americans or loyalty to America but simply want what they can get "from" America. A country with idiots who promote this kind of immigration cannot survive.

    America is already bankrupt and our culture is broken and has lost its moral and ethical compass. Only power hungry politicians want more un-American benefit seekers because they know soon there will be enough so the Leftist Socialists will always stay in power. At that point brothers and sisters...America and all the good she could do for the world IS OVER. We will not survive.

    Shame on those who pretend to love their neighbors but in truth only love themselves.

    Truth is a lonely warrior...

    G>T>





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  5. I love the comment I read not long ago, Heaven has walls, hell doesn't. First time I read about heaven having walls and gates in Revelation, I had to read it several times. Bible is clear, unbelievers will be kept out of heaven, they will be apparently tolerated outside the walls, but will be kept out. It matters not what race, just whether one accepts God's plan for redemption. America has allowed all kinds of nonbelievers within it's borders and expect to give them every kind of grace God provides those who try to follow His laws. If these unbelievers come to believe in Jesus, then praise God. They have entered the sheep fold legally, but Heaven doesn't have divided laws and neither should America.

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