The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, has made its entire denomination a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens. The ELCA should not be confused with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod or other more conservative (and Biblical) denominations in the United States.
The ELCA, which represents more than 3.4 million members nation-wide, passed the measure last Wednesday to declare the entire denomination, and every church belonging to it, a sanctuary for illegal aliens.
The vote was taken at the ELCA Churchwide Assembly last Wednesday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The resolution called the ELCA a “sanctuary church” and promised to help illegal aliens evade law enforcement and avoid the consequences of their lawless actions.
The vote was not close, as a clear majority of ELCA delegates voted for the measure.
The ELCA is known for being a leftist religion organization that ordains homosexual clergy, female clergy, and embraces transgenderism, sodomy, abortion, and environmentalism.
In announcing the defiant resolution, Presiding Bishop the Reverend Elizabeth Eaton held a march and prayer vigil outside the Milwaukee Immigration and Customs Enforcement office with about 700 ELCA representatives.
Like many denominations, the ELCA is looking for ways to increase its church membership without the Gospel or the Holy Spirit’s work. Without real religion and growing a congregation through conversions, the ELCA is looking to other means to keep its congregations alive.
Many are turning to illegal immigrants, who are notoriously religious and predictably Catholic or Charismatic, to fill that void. The ELCA is overwhelmingly white (it was 92% white in 2015 and 94% white in 2017, meaning they’re increasing in their whiteness) and this is seen as an overture to the future well-being of their denomination as well as leftist politics. At 94% Caucasian, the ELCA has a lot of White Guilt to work out of their system.
Sadly, the move by the ELCA has little to do with the Holy Scripture, which tells Christians to enforce and abide by the law.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.