The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), rightly claimed by many to be neither Evangelical or Lutheran, has released a resource guide to aid clergy with the performance of liturgy in the “marriage” of sodomites.
You can see the entire document here.
A press release at ELCA’s website states:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has developed supplemental resources for use within the Evangelical Lutheran Worship marriage service. The liturgical resources were developed based on action by the ELCA Church Council to implement recommendations from the “Ministry to and with Same-gender Couples and Their Families” working group.
The apostate denomination, that claims the slogan, “God’s Work, Our Hands,” and is now in communion with the Vatican, fully affirms homosexuality, and accepts them into their congregation as “needed members with gifts.” Rev. Kevin Strickland, ELCA executive for worship says “These supplemental resources have been created to offer more inclusivity in language, pastoral care, and openness for all persons who seek to be married within this church.” The ELCA adopted a resolution in 2009 resolving to find ways for “committed” sodomites to serve as leaders in the church (page 22).
Preceding many of the great judgments of God throughout biblical history, you will find sexual immorality among the people. God destroyed entire cities (Genesis 18:16-19:29) because his creation practiced these things that are detestable to him. Scripture is undeniably clear the homosexuality is an abomination to God, and in no way does he approve of it (Leviticus 18:22, Leviticus 20:13, etc.). Further, Scripture is exceedingly clear that those who practice sodomy will not see the kingdom of God.
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, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
The council states on page 2 that “The new challenges to long-held understandings regarding homosexuality led many to consider again the meaning and application of Scripture as well as the Lutheran theological heritage.” In other words, the intention is to twist and reinterpret Scriptures to sick and perverted desires of the flesh.
For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
It is very clear that the ELCA does not know God or even know who he is. There is no acknowledgment of Christ, and no desire to walk in the light of his truth. These wicked people who rationalize their sin are ignorant and unstable, and do this to their own destruction (2 Peter 3:16).
Lord have mercy on our souls.
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[Contributed by Pulpit & Pen]