Monday, August 24, 2009
The ELCA and LCMS
In this article from the Christian Post, Rev. Gerald Kieshnick, the head of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, expresses his concerns about the recent actions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) regarding homosexuality. In a greeting given to the ELCA churchwide assembly, Rev Kieshnick stated the following . . .
“The decisions by this assembly to grant non-celibate homosexual ministers the privilege of serving as rostered leaders in the ELCA and the affirmation of same-gender unions as pleasing to God will undoubtedly cause additional stress and disharmony within the ELCA. It will also negatively affect the relationships between our two church bodies.”
I am thankful that Rev. Kieshnick had the boldness to say this, although he could have been much more severe (and probably should have been).
I have a very hard time understanding why this even needs to be a source of debate in the professing church, no matter what the denominational stripe. Scripture is abundantly clear on this subject, and what the ELCA has done in essence is to thumb its collective nose at the God of the Bible.
I shudder to think of the divine discipline that awaits.