The so-called Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, a denomination created in 1988 through the merger of three groups whose common conviction was that the Bible isn’t always reliable, has been hell-bent on affirming sodomy for over a decade. The propaganda campaign from the home office began with Bible-class materials disseminated to the congregations, which explained away all of the relevant Bible references. The men of Sodom were rapist libertines, not committed partnered gays; Paul was a “man of his times”; did you know that the Bible also forbids bacon and lobster?; etc., ad nauseam. [See the ELCA’s Journey Together Faithfully, Parts One (2002) and Two (2003).] Now the ELCA has its…
In "conservative" American denominational polity, why are anti-traditionalists loath to separate from traditionalists? Why not secede, so as to lay aside the weight of the "anti-missional" doctrine-obsessed curmudgeons?