Showing posts with label ELCA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ELCA. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Dying ELCA Lutheran Denomination Holds Concord with the World Above The Church: Ordains Aberrobishop

Edit:  Most of the official state broadcasters are enthusiastic and fail to hide their happiness.  Of course, since it's a relatively small and shrinking denomination, front page news has not been achieved.  It will be even more interesting to see if any Catholic Bishops hail this by ringing their cathedral bells.  Of course this should be a death blow to ecumenism.
(CNN)– For more than two decades, the Rev. R. Guy Erwin couldn't officially be a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Friday, he was elected a bishop. 
Erwin's election signals a shift not only for the ELCA – the nation's seventh largest church – but also for American Christianity. Only one other mainline Protestant denomination, the Episcopal Church, has elected openly gay and lesbian bishops. 
“In these days such milestones seem to be coming at an ever-faster rate," Erwin told CNN, "and eventually what seems revolutionary now will seem normal and predictable."
 Even NCR reported this:

In addition, financial support for the denomination hit an all-time low of about $60 million in 2009, the church announced. ELCA Treasurer Christina Jackson-Skelton said the economic recession and “disagreements within congregations” about the decision on gay clergy had contributed to the decline.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Promoting Homosexual Marriage Hasn't Improved the Protestant Church's Lot

Edit: here's a graph from Stella Borealis about membership rates of ELCA (Evangelical Luthern Church of America), which shows how well they've done for themselves by resonating with the Zeigeist, ordaining women, open homosexuals and promoting Sodom.  The results for parts of the Catholic Church which similarly collaborate with evil in this way are also declining rapidly as wealthy, albeit elderly Liberal parishioners die out.  The end is near.   Stats to decadent Lutheran source, here:

Year
Members
Change
%
Congregations
Change
%
1987
5,288,048


11,133


1988
5,251,534
-36,514
-0.69%
11,120
-13
-0.12%
1989
5,238,798
-12,736
-0.24%
11,067
-53
-0.48%
1990
5,240,739
+1,941
0.04%
11,087
+20
0.18%
1991
5,245,177
+4,438
0.08%
11,074
-13
-0.12%
1992
5,234,568
-10,609
-0.20%
11,055
-19
-0.17%
1993
5,212,785
-21,783
-0.42%
11,023
-32
-0.29%
1994
5,199,048
-13,737
-0.26%
10,973
-50
-0.45%
1995
5,190,489
-8,559
-0.16%
10,955
-18
-0.16%
1996
5,187,363
-3,126
-0.06%
10,936
-19
-0.17%
1997
5,185,055
-2,308
-0.04%
10,889
-47
-0.43%
1998
5,178,225
-6,830
-0.13%
10,862
-27
-0.25%
1999
5,149,668
-28,557
-0.55%
10,851
-11
-0.10%
2000
5,125,919
-23,749
-0.46%
10,816 
-35
-0.32%
2001
5,099,877
-26,042
-0.51%
10,766
-50
-0.46%
2002*
5,038,006
-61,871
-1.21%
10,721
-45
-0.42%
2003
4,984,925
-53,081
-1.05%
10,657
-64
-0.60%
2004
4,930,429
-54,496
-1.09%
10,585
-72
-0.68%
2005
4,850,776
-79,653
-1.62%
10,549
-36
-0.34%
2006
4,774,203
-76,573
-1.58%
10,470
-79
-0.75%
2007
4,709,956
-64,247
-1.34%
10,448
-22
-0.21%
2008
4,633,887
-76,069
-1.61%
10,396
-52
-0.49%
2009
4,543,037
-90,850
-1.99%
10,348
-48
-0.46%
2010
4,272,688
-270,349
-5.95%
10,008
-340
-3.29%

* Only congregations existing on December 31 are included in the overall membership statistics. Prior to 2002, all congregations that existed during the course of the previous year were included.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lutheran Pastor Bemoans Departures from Doctrine and "Orthodoxy"

A Lutheran pastor bemoans the increasing liberalism in his church, he laments the primacy of subjective personal opinion and the farce of authority. Perhaps this is not only the effect of the Protestant Revolt, but the philosophic nominalism which gave birth to it.

The recent trouble in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is not about sex; it’s about infidelity:

The ELCA has removed the Scriptures as the primary authority for salvation and Christian living. It has removed any authority of the Lutheran Confessions for teaching the faith.

The ELCA has failed to honor its own bylaws. Many bishops have coerced approved candidates for ordination into accepting allegiance to the historic episcope. Many bishops have failed to enforce the vision and expectations standards for ethical behavior of our clergy.

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