I have been a member now of a Congregation of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for a couple of years now. When I meet another member of my new church home, they usually ask, of course, where I was before. I always explain that I am an escapee from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). They always nod in understanding. Today, over at the American Thinker, Don Fisher, Jr. has a post explaining that the Evangelical part is just notional, not really binding on the church body at all. His post is entitled The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Misinterpreting Christ's Teachings Yet Again.
You can read the whole thing, but let me explain what the word "evangelical" actually means. Many people think it means something like conservative, or fundamentalist. But it doesn't mean any of those things, although someone who is indeed "evangelical" could be described that way. The word "evangelical" means, according to Merriam-Webster's first definition: of, relating to, or being in agreement with the Christian gospel especially as it is presented in the four Gospels. The ELCA has strayed far from the Gospel. Now, they want to become a "sanctuary church." They, of course, hang their latest invention on the admonition in Jeremiah 22:3 to "Do no wrong to the resident alien." But you must first understand that a "resident alien" is one who has applied under law for a visa to live here, and possibly to work here. These resident aliens have Constitutional rights extended BECAUSE they have taken steps to enter the country legally. Illegal aliens have not, and therefore their rights are less under our laws.
Please go read the entire post. If you want to find out more, the ELCA has a website, that you may view at your peril. However, if you want to find out what real Christianity is, go to Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, where we still believe that we are saved by Grace alone, Faith alone, and Scripture alone. One may not add to, or subtract from one jot or tittle in the Holy Scripture. The ELCA seems to be doing exactly that.
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