Lutheran License to Sin
What about Sodomite Lutheran Pastors?
A report in todays Star-Telegram, titled, Lutherans Eye Change in Policy on Gay Clergy, indicates another step in a downward plunge to destruction in the Lutheran Church. The article reports on recent developments in The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This is the largest Lutheran body in America, with 4,700,000 members; it is also the most liberal of the Lutheran denominations.
Peter Strommen of Minnesota is chairman of a 15-member task force that recommended allowing individual congregations to decide if they would like to allow sodomite and lesbian members to serve as local pastors. Strommen said, The question ends up being, How are we going to live together in that absence of consensus? This ought not to be church-dividing, even if there are strong differences. Stanley Olson stated, That goes hand in hand with our conviction that our Christian unity doesnt depend on agreement about ethical questions.
Those who have followed the developments in liberal Protestantism over the past decades may not be surprised with this announcement. Many of these denominations not only allow women to serve as ministers or pastors (in violation of 1 Timothy 2:8, 11-15; 3:1-2; 1 Corinthians 14:33-37), but they are allowing divorced and remarried preachers to serve (in violation of Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18; Romans 7:2-3). Now, another step has been made: To allow those who are living in gross immorality to officially be pastors of local Lutheran churches.
When a respect for the will of God found in the Word of God is absent, nearly every sin can be justified. The Word of God is the standard for right and wrong, a moral compass to point in the way we should go (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Scriptures are given by God (2 Peter 1:20-21; Hebrews 4:12-13) and we violate Gods Word to our own peril (1 Corinthians 14:37). Jesus said that those who do not receive His words will be judged on the last day (John 12:48-49).
According to the report, Lutheran unity doesnt depend on agreement about ethical questions. Yet the Scriptures are clear that Christian unity does depend on morality. Paul the apostle says that those who are guilty of fornication or sexual immorality must be entirely separated from Christian fellowship (1 Corinthians 5:1-13, especially verses 1, 11, 13). The Greek term is porneia, meaning sexual immorality of any kind (fornication, adultery, homosexuality, etc.). The question is, Does the Lutheran Church wish to be known as a Christian church? If so, it is bound to separate from those who are guilty of open, known, and unrepentant sexual immorality. Christ wants His body to be unified in ethical questionsespecially matters that pertain to sin and righteousness.
Is this worthy of notice? Indeed it is. God is very clear in His word that fornicators and adulterers God will judge (Hebrews 13:4). God will take vengeance on those who are guilty of fornicationincluding homosexuality (1 Thessalonians 4:4-7). Those who are guilty of fornication are called unrighteous and they will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). So serious is this that those who are fornicators will suffer the wrath of God (Colossians 3:5-6; Ephesians 5:5-6) and will have no inheritance in Gods kingdom (Ephesians 5:5-6). Finally, the Bible is clear that those who die in fornication and refuse to repent will spend eternity in the lake of fire, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).
There is no question about what the Word of God says. The only question is what the liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will do about it: obey it and separate themselves from practicing homosexuals or disobey it and ordain unrepentant homosexuals into the Lutheran pastorate, something that God clearly prohibits. Years ago, I left the Lutheran Church and would do it again if this issue arose when I was a member.