The nation’s largest Lutheran denomination (the ELCA) said Friday that gay and lesbian clergy who are in monogamous, committed relationships can be called to serve as pastors and church leaders in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Make no mistake about it, the ELCA’s vote to lift the ban on homosexual clergy is nothing less than outright rebellion against God and His word.
Yet God’s word could not be clearer.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Pray that God would grant the ELCA repentance for their rebellion. Even now, God is offering His forgiveness for this egregious collective sin.
I usually only post a snippet of someone else’s work, but his post was so dead on that I wanted to post it in it’s entirety. (Please click the links above to visit his blog.)
I have one question – is there really any debate about ordaining homosexual clergy? Never at any other time has there been such ambivalence about homosexuality among those who call themselves the church as there is now. As a believer who holds to the Biblical world view, there is no discussion where homosexuality is concerned. It’s immoral and perverted. If a clergyman declares himself to be gay, as Bible believers, we know he is unrepentant, still in his sins, and unable to lead the flock of God. Therefore, there is no option – he doesn’t even teach sunday school, much less pastor!
This is evidence that those who suppose they are in the church (the body of Christ), truly aren’t. If they loved God, they would retain knowledge of Him in their hearts, and follow His Word. And, His Word has said that “those who do such things will NOT enter in.” How hard is that to understand?
I pray there would be a mass exodus out of the ELCA because of this decision. I fear there won’t be, but I sure hope there is.
Update: Thankfully, not all Lutherans are accepting this perversion. Read an article entitled, “Smaller Lutheran Church Bodies Reaffirm Bible’s Stance on Homosexuality.”