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Evangelical Lutheran leader suggests Bible not the final authority
The presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is suggesting that the Bible isn't the last word on homosexuality.
In a town hall meeting Sunday, Bishop Mark Hanson said, "the understanding we have of homosexuality today does not seem to be reflected at all in the context of the biblical writers." Therefore, he said, Lutherans should consider more modern views on sexual orientation.
Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
Romans 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet."
These and other verses state God's position in the Holy Word. Seems a clear and straightforward enough statement on the evil practice of homosexuality.
The title of this post is a misrepresentation of what was said. What was said, whether you agree or not, is that the Bible does not address the possibility of monogamous homosexual relationships, therefore does not directly address the issue.
This short is already apostate, [URL=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082103343.html]]]'Monogamous' Gays Can Serve in ELCA[/URL]. No wonder they want to deny the Bible.
I Corinthians 6 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL]
The ECLA and the Episcopalians now share more than pulpits, [URL=http://www.episcopalchurch.org/6947_10367_ENG_HTM.htm]]]An Agreement of Full Communion--Called to Common Mission[/URL]. They do share in apostasy, and let's hope the conservative churches in the ECLA continue to brake away from it, and follow, [URL=http://www.monergism.com/updates/reformation_essentials_by_mich.php]]]"Only Scripture," "Only Christ," "Only Grace," "Only Faith," and "To God Alone Be Glory"[/URL]