Posts Tagged ‘ELCA’

They Love Too Much

August 31, 2009

“They love too much”  was a comment made to me about the ELCA after the news about the decision to ordain individuals involved in a long term, committed, homosexual relationship.

God is love, so is it possible to love too much?

No, it is not possible to love too much, but it is possible to allow our love to corrupt our understanding of the nature of God. 

God is love, but God is also just.  The scriptures clearly speak about a coming judgement, where there will be a final division of humanity for an eternal  reward or punishment.  Hell, is an eternity without God and will be worse than anything ever imagined by mortal imaginations.

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”  (Matthew 7:21-23)

We are saved by grace through faith for good works. ( c.f. Ephesians 2:8-10).  God’s grace combines with  faith and  results in a new relationship with God, which changes us from the inside out.  We are saved as we are, but we are not left in our sin. 

Do not be deceived.  We are called to repentance and faith, and repentance is not simply confessing our sins, but turning from our sins.  We may not achieve perfection in this life, but we ought not to call sin, righteousness; and righteousness,sin.

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A House Divided

August 27, 2009

Last week the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America voted to allow homosexuals in a committed, lifelong relationship with a same sex partner, to be ordained and serve as ministers to churches willing to extend a call to them. 

Some people are rejoicing.

Some do not understand.

Some understand, but vehemently disagree.

Some will join the ELCA because of this decision.

Some will leave the ELCA because of this decision.

One thing is certain, this decision will have a profound, and lasting impact on the character, and nature of the ELCA.  The makeup of it’s constituency will change.  The church of 2015 will be very different from the church of 2005. 

What would Martin Luther think of this church that bears his name?

What does Jesus think?