• Et Cetera

    When “Culture” Norms the Church

    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…