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Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body
The Christian Post ^ | August 28, 2010 | Audrey Barrick

Posted on 09/07/2010 12:11:19 PM PDT by wmfights

Conservative Lutherans began forging the new body just weeks after the ELCA gave the green light in 2009 for non-celibate gays and lesbians to serve as clergy. Over the last year, hundreds of congregations have moved toward severing ties with the ELCA, which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the country with 4.5 million members.

The ELCA experienced its biggest-ever drop in membership last year, with 90,000 less members than the year before.

The vote on Friday to forge a new body took place during the annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE, a renewal group that seeks the renewal of Lutheran churches according to Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.

Lutheran CORE leaders have said that the problems in the ELCA are not about sexual behavior but rather about an ongoing movement away from the authority and teaching of the Bible throughout the ELCA. But they have noted that the vote on sexuality "opened the eyes of many to how far the ELCA has moved from Biblical teaching."

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TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; General Discusssion; Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: apostasy; celebratesin; elca; homosexual; homosexualagenda; lutheranchurch; lutherans; nalc

1 posted on 09/07/2010 12:11:21 PM PDT by wmfights
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To: wmfights
Representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania and the Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus – which are the second and third largest Lutheran churches in the world – attended the convocation and showed their support for the new body.

God bless all of them and good luck. You folks will always be welcome in my Baptist Church!

2 posted on 09/07/2010 12:14:08 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: wmfights
Disaffected Lutherans Constitute New Body

While the Lutherans who remained might need to have their bodies disinfected.

3 posted on 09/07/2010 12:16:04 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Judas Iscariot - the first social justice advocate. John 12:3-6)
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To: wmfights

THe ELCA has gone off the tracks and I hope that it collapses of the stench of it’s own diversity.

Left for the Missouri Synod a few years ago


4 posted on 09/07/2010 12:17:02 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: wmfights

THe ELCA has gone off the tracks and I hope that it collapses of the stench of it’s own diversity.

Left for the Missouri Synod a few years ago


5 posted on 09/07/2010 12:17:10 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: Jeff Chandler
LOL, good point!
6 posted on 09/07/2010 12:17:30 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: wmfights; lightman; rhema

fyi


7 posted on 09/07/2010 12:18:55 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: wmfights
Conservative Lutherans began forging the new body

Somebody needs a broader education...

8 posted on 09/07/2010 12:25:36 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: wmfights
This happened with the Presbyterian Church back in the 1980s. Broken off from the main body for the same reasons is the much more conservative First Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which we go to. Been going there for eight years now, and give them high marks for not bending to the Progressive movement.
9 posted on 09/07/2010 12:27:16 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: wmfights; lightman; rhema
Pastor Barnhart list 25 congregations (7 1st vote, 18 2nd vote) voting to leave the ELCA in September:
CONGREGATIONS SCHEDULED TO VOTE IN SEPTEMBER TO LEAVE ELCA http://davidbarnhart.blogspot.com/2010/09/congregations-scheduled-to-vote-in.html

10 posted on 09/07/2010 12:52:32 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: aberaussie; Aeronaut; aliquando; AlternateViewpoint; AnalogReigns; Archie Bunker on steroids; ...


Lutheran (EL C S*A) Ping!

* as of August 19, AD 2009, a liberal protestant SECT, not part of the holy, catholic and apostolic CHURCH.

Happy Anniversary /sarc

Be rooted in Christ!

11 posted on 09/07/2010 1:01:20 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: wmfights

12 posted on 09/07/2010 1:02:08 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: wmfights

Of a list of 45 Communist Goals:

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with “social” religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a “religious crutch.”

If you know their plans (Communist Goals), their strategy (The Frankfurt School) and their tactics (Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky) you can watch it unfold like the plot in a movie.


13 posted on 09/07/2010 1:19:51 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: SmithL

Too bad that Messiah Lutheran in Amherst, NH is not voting to leave.


14 posted on 09/07/2010 1:44:10 PM PDT by Redleg Duke (RAT Hunting Season started the evening of March 21st, 2010!)
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To: lightman

Question....how would one find out if their Lutheran church is part of the ELCA?


15 posted on 09/07/2010 1:59:06 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (Please Lord, give America a second chance.)
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To: NoGrayZone
Question....how would one find out if their Lutheran church is part of the ELCA?

The directory is updated every week. If the congregation is not there it is not ELCA

16 posted on 09/07/2010 4:32:01 PM PDT by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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To: NoGrayZone; lightman

Besides that, if a Lutheran parish has a website, and it is part of the ELCA, it usually proudly posts that fact (compete with the ELCA logo) on the website.

Since it is becoming less and less a point of pride to be part of the ELCA (except for the most “progressive” parishes), that might change, however. Use the ELCA “find a congregation” directory.

Our Orthodox parish got itself a new Catechumen last Sunday, with three more expected this Sunday. The latter three (a father with his two little girls—his wife is more hesitant) came from an ELCA parish that was going entirely wacko, with “gays” and dance liturgies.

Glory to God for all things!!!!


17 posted on 09/07/2010 4:42:25 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Honorary Serb; lightman

Our parish had a ELCA family of four start coming about 8 months ago. They have been chrismated and are now very active members of our Orthodox parish and a blessing to us. The wife’s brother is an ELCA priest out on the West Coast somewhere. I guess her family has basically written her and her children out of the book of life! Shame to cut off one’s own in order to embrace homosexuality as an acceptable life style among Christians!


18 posted on 09/07/2010 4:53:05 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Kolokotronis; lightman

Good, Kolo!

If you want to go back to 2009, there is a former Missouri Synod pastor and his former ELCA wife who had been chrismated in 2008 (after I was), together with their three young children, in a Greek parish in a distant state. They moved to our area and joined our OCA parish. Then in 2010 they had a fourth child who was baptized in June. We also had three other baptisms this year.

The new man who was received as a catechumen last Sunday had recently married an Orthodox lass, who joined our parish.

That’s just our OCA parish. Our large Serbian parish keeps growing by leaps and bounds, mainly via adding Serbian immigrants. There are quite a few Chrismations of non-ethnic Serbs elsewhere in our Serbian diocese, but not in our mainly immigrant parish.

Meanwhile, the members of my former ELCA parish mainly complacently continue to drink the “progressive” Kool-Aid, not realizing the disaster that has engulfed them. I continue to pray for them, and will show up there for a memorial service next week (before our SerbFest).

Have a joyous feast tomorrow, Kolo!


19 posted on 09/07/2010 5:38:42 PM PDT by Honorary Serb (Kosovo is Serbia! Free Srpska! Abolish ICTY!)
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To: Kolokotronis

Good to hear! I hope that they have all the blessings of Christ!

I rode a similar road myself. Best decision I ever made.


20 posted on 09/07/2010 6:07:28 PM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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To: Honorary Serb

“Our large Serbian parish keeps growing by leaps and bounds, mainly via adding Serbian immigrants.”

We have a substantial immigrant Serbian Church about 60 miles south of us. The children of that parish will be coming up this weekend to folk dance with our Greek children at our annual festival. The Serbs are GREAT folks!

“Have a joyous feast tomorrow, Kolo!”

Thanks and to you too! For those who wonder what HS is speaking of:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2584942/posts


21 posted on 09/07/2010 6:58:34 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: BenKenobi

“I hope that they have all the blessings of Christ!”

I am confident they do. They certainly are a blessing to our parish!


22 posted on 09/07/2010 6:59:47 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Christ is Risen, and you, o death, are annihilated!)
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To: Honorary Serb; lightman

Thank you! I just did the “find congregation” at their website and my ex-church is ON THE LIST!!

I left my church several years ago (I went back after being away for so long) because I didn’t think it was behaving like a church should. The only way I can put it is....I don’t think they were “judgmental” enough.

It just seemed that everything and anything was a okay. No matter how hard I tried, I could not feel any closeness to God during services. Another thing that bugged me is there were new Pastors, a husband and wife team.

I just don’t think women should be Pastors, let alone homos! Thank the Lord I dodged that bullet!


23 posted on 09/08/2010 6:40:06 AM PDT by NoGrayZone (Please Lord, give America a second chance.)
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