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New Lutheran group likely to rise from homosexual discord
ELCA is moving gay pastors into its fold â€” it's now the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. to allow noncelibate gays into its ranks â€” even as the most visible dissidents strike out on their own.
Mahan and other critics of the decision plan to gather this week in Columbus, Ohio, for another Lutheran convention. Leaders of 18 former ELCA churches are expected to vote Friday to create a brand new Lutheran denomination that they claim will follow the Scriptures more faithfully: the North American Lutheran Church.
"The issue is departure from the word of God," Mahan said. His church has already voted twice to end its longtime identity as a ELCA church, also ending an annual $36,000 in tithing to the denomination....
Jim Lincoln wrote: John Y., they don't need catechisms...
Don't pay any attention to him John. There are some excellent catechisms written throughout history, especially ones like the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, or even John Bunyan's Catechism For Ignorant Persons. If Jim were to go through just these three, he would be a much wiser man.
Oh and don't believe him about the "scripture only" part, when he doesn't even believe we have the "scripture".
"Sola scriptura" is relevant when you have an accurately translated Bible which, in point of fact, we do have. It's called the Authorized (King James) Version of 1611, and it can be trusted implicitly for all faith and practice in the church, being currently superior to any other Bible available.
Jim Lincoln wrote: No, John Y., while any good church will condemn sin, so their attendees will no No longer Slaves to Sin, but it is not enough to be against something they should be encouraging their members to be displaying the Marks of the True Believer. Are they still going to be only partly biblical? If that is the case, then they have gained nothing by separating from the ELCA---Doctrinal Compromise is Condemned.
If they follow the Lutheran doctrines outlined in Luther's Small and Large Catechisms then they will be biblical. Remember Luther was guided by the Holy Spirit what doctrines the Lutheran Church should have.