How the ELCA Left the Great Tradition for Liberal Protestantism
During last week's biennial Church Wide Assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran
Church in America (ELCA), the church affirmed major policy recommendations to
allow for the blessing of same-sex unions (which practice will soon inflate to
same-sex marriage) and the rostering of gay and lesbian pastors in partnered
Earlier in the week it also passed by one vote—out of over 1,000 total votes cast—a Social Statement on Sexuality that admitted there was no consensus on the moral evaluation of homosexual conduct, and offered no compelling biblical or theological reasons to support the policies it later in fact adopted. The Statement was firm and bold on issues that everyone agreed upon—the moral condemnation of promiscuity, pornography, sexual exploitation, etc.—but indecisive and vague about contested issues—co-habitation, premarital sex, the importance of the nuclear family, and, of course, homosexual conduct.
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