The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States , distributed a new guide on “LGBTQIA+” issues, arguing that the Bible supports the inclusion of all people in all spheres of the church.
The ELCA was founded in 1988 when three historic Lutheran bodies merged. It has 3.4 million baptized members and around 1.4% of the US population self-identifies with it, according to Pew Research.
The guide advocates “for the full welcome, inclusion, and equity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their Church, congregations, and community”. It trains church members in how to use the “ SOGIE (sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) spectrum”, and asks church members to “just avoid using gendered terms” when they have doubts about how to welcome a person. The document gives definitions of terms such as “genderqueer”, “pansexual”, “gender non-conforming” and “androgynous”, calling to honour the “core and authentic part of oneself” of those who are not “cisgender” . Each of us is a beloved child of God, perfectly and wonderfully made, just as we are. Thanks to @ReconcilingWrks for this Lutheran introduction to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. https://t.co/XkADUPQKTY pic.twitter.com/WopB95wrVN — ELCA Lutherans (@ELCA) June 24, 2020 The document concludes by saying: “Each of us is a beloved child of God, wonderfully made, just as we are ”. A Lutheran church that endorses LGBT activism The guide has been published by ReconcilingWorks , a Lutheran working group that “advocates for the acceptance, full participation, and liberation of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions within the Lutheran Church”. The ELCA has recommended the guide on its official social media accounts. The Lutheran Church’s official website has a section with several […]
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Commentary by Unreal Post (Jamie Pantastico)
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‘Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, ‘
HOMOSEXUALITY IS A DETESTABLE AND UNNATURAL ACT
Yes. Men having sex with each other is an abomination and condemned by God. Women having sex with each other is also an abomination and condemned by God. This isn’t new news, it’s not like all of sudden Christians have come on the scene proclaiming sodomy is an immoral act and a sin in eyes of God.
23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman Because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.
“Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
Scripture is crystal clear on the subject of homosexual behavior, same-sex marriage, and all sexual immorality.