Church Apologizes for the ‘Sin’ of Church Discipline
Al Mohler has written a cogent piece on the recent events within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), who last Saturday welcomed three lesbian ministers into the clergy roster through a “Rite of Inception.” After a standing ovation welcoming the three, the congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in St. Paul, Minnesota vocalized a most astonishing confession:
“We have fallen short in honoring all people of God and being an instrument for that grace . . . . We have disciplined, censured and expelled when we should have listened, learned and included.”
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People consumed with honoring the creature rather than the Creator will always apologize for offense against their god (the creature).
Yes, repent for all of the evil stuff like believing the Bible, honoring God by keeping His laws, separating from the world, and so on… This stuff sounds like the emergent concept of calling evil good and good evil (which is really not a new concept but a really old one).
Our only hope is to know the truth, do it, and warn others to do the same… Truth is only found in the Bible.
This is what happens when we follow religion and not Christ. A form of godliness….
Yes, Hans. And this happens when we stop addressing issues with improper behavior. There are not that many voices being raised against the departure from scripture of the professing church. Even issues that seem small will incrementally lead to much larger issues of departure from scripture. One cussing preacher today left unaddressed will lead to many more in the future (as an example).
The “that’s just immaturity” stance is wrong in my opinion since we are talking about a senior pastor! A senior pastor should not be immature in the first place! That is the whoe point to the core issue. A few “minor” thngs wrong in the ELCA left unaddressed years ago has turned into homosexual pastors being installed and defended.
The ELCA did not leave the Bible in one large step. They left it incrementally over many years.