BLASPHEMY: Lutheran Church in the USA includes LGBT people in leadership by claiming the Bible supports it

Several former leaders of the Protestant denomination of some 3.4 million members argue that the church has become “radical” in its ideology.

This group has not stopped receiving criticism since it announced its acceptance of this ideology.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States, recently distributed a new guide on “LGBTQIA+” issues.

This group argues that the Bible supports the inclusion of all people “in all spheres of the church.”

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The ELCA was founded in 1988 through the merger of three historic Lutheran bodies.

It currently has 3.4 million baptized members, and about 1.4% of the U.S. population identifies with the denomination.

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What this new “doctrine” teaches

According to Evangelical Focus, the guide advocates for “full welcome, inclusion and equity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual/aromatic (LGBTQIA+) Lutherans in all aspects of the life of their church, congregations and community.”

It also trains its members on how to use the “SOGIE” spectrum (sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression).

This means that worshippers should avoid using gender terms when in doubt about how to welcome a person.

The document also provides definitions of terms such as “queer gender”, “pansexual”, “non-conforming gender” and “androgynous”, calling for honoring the “core and authentic self” of those who are not “cisgender”.

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A Lutheran church supporting LGBT activism

The guide was published by ReconcilingWorks, a Lutheran working group that “advocates for the acceptance, full participation and liberation of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions within the Lutheran Church.”

It should be noted that the ELCA recommended the document in its official social networking accounts.

The Lutheran Church even has a section on its website dedicated to “LGBTQIA+” issues, where they present interviews with some of their pastors who belong to this community.

This is not the first time that the denomination has been in a hurricane of controversy. In April, it was strongly criticized for categorizing God as “Mother”.

In the United States, several Lutheran church movements do not support queer theology and have remained faithful to the traditional biblical understanding of sexuality.

“Liberal is no longer the word for the ELCA, it has become radical,” said a former ELCA pastor who now belongs to a doctrinally conservative Lutheran church, in an article published by The Christian Post.

He denounced the church’s support of abortion, as well as universalism (the theological line that teaches that everyone will be saved no matter what their beliefs are).

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