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On the final day of its 2007 Churchwide Assembly in Chicago (Saturday, August 11), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) adopted a resolution which "prays, urges, and encourages [ELCA geographical] synods, synodical bishops, and the presiding bishop to refrain from or demonstrate restraint in disciplining those rostered leaders in a mutual, chaste, and faithful committed same-gender relationship who have been called and rostered in this church."
News of this action troubles me greatly and is causing serious concern and consternation among the members and leaders of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). We in the LCMS hold firmly to the conviction that, according to the Holy Bible, homosexual behavior is "intrinsically sinful." We are deeply disappointed that the ELCA, by its decision, has failed to act in keeping with the historic and universal understanding of the Christian church...
The Missouri Synod better be careful. Already they have slipped down the slope of allowing ecumenical joint services, and although they don't ordain women, they do allow women to teach and exercise other authority over men. These may seem slight variations from decades past, but that's how the ELCA started. Liberalism in church always uses the modus operandi of two steps forward and one step back. Soon the synod will have more in common with the ELCA than not. Ditto the PCA and the PCUSA, ie: divorced & remarried elders, deacons & ministers, & the leadership rather than hospitality function of "deaconesses".