I suggest that this means the effective end of the ELCA. The proposals from the Sexuality Task Force now only need to have a simple majority to pass. According to some of the speakers, women’s ordination was passed by a simple majority as well. Unless God intervenes by His grace, these proposals will be passed. The ELCA will then join the Episcopal Church in its further apostasy.
But who is surprised? It’s like Jenga: you can remove one or two or even a few blocks, but eventually the weight cannot be sustained. The only thing that remains unresolved is, what will pastors and members of ELCA congregations who oppose the recommendations now do?
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I would imagine some would move to another Lutheran body (LC-MS, LCMC, or ELCM), there might even be another Lutheran body that is formed.
I will wait until Friday’s vote before making any decision.
What is the ELCM?
Do you think that there’s any possible chance now of turning back the recommendations? If the Assembly could get 2/3 for the social statement, surely there is no way they could not get 50% + 1 for the recommendations?
I’ve given up trying to guess what the CWA is going to do. I’ve been proved wrong several times this week.
The Evangelical Lutheran Conference and Ministerium
One would think that at least a passing thought would be given to the LCMS, but I don’t think that’s a reality for a lot of ELCA pastors. For whatever reason, they don’t like Missouri much at all.
I saw this a couple weeks ago over at First Things. This ELCA pastor mentions some of his options. Missouri doesn’t come up. But he eventually settles on Rome:
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AFLC ( American Free Lutheran Church) is a good option for disgruntled ELCA members
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