The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Gay clergy approved

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saxony (Germany) ruled Jan. 21 to allow gay pastors to cohabit with their legal same-sex partners.

Germany legalized same-sex partnerships in 2001, but the church didn't allow clergy partners to live together.

Jochen Bohl, the church's bishop, said he hoped members would endorse the decision and accept gay and lesbian people "as sisters and brothers in faith."

In a statement, church leaders also "reaffirmed the continuing relevance of the biblical arrangement of marriage and family as a model of coexistence between a man and woman."


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 10:28 am (U.S. Eastern) 3/6/2012

From this action, it appears that the church in Germany must be infected with moral blindness.

Homosexual conduct is condemned as sin in both the Old and New Testaments.  Unrepentant homosexuals shall not inherit  the kingdom of God. 1 Corrinthians 6 v. 9, 10.  Yet, those who repent and ask for forgiveness, based on the suffering, death and resurrection  of Jesus Christ, may enter that Kingdom.See id. at 11.

By this act, the German church  assists homosexuals on a pathway to hell, as opposed to a pathway to eternal life.  When you lie to a sinner and tell him or her that his sin is not sin, but is morally acceptable and approved conduct, even by the ministers of the congregations, why should he or she repent?  This action tells sinners that they do not need to repent of this sin or seek forgiveness.  Consequently, they will not do so and face eternal damnation as opposed to eternal life.

 And, what are the eternal consequences for us, for misleading sinners and leading them to that pathway of destruction? "Thou shalt not bear false witness" obviously applies to knowingly false representations of the Word of God as it does to any other lie.  "In vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men." Matthew 15:9.

We should pray for homosexuals and invite them to seek the forgiveness and redemption offered by Christ.  But we should not lie to them about the sin of homosexual conduct.

People who oppose homosexual conduct are falsely  said to be "homophobic", an epithet derived from a term describing a rare psychiatric disorder involving abnormal hatred or fear of homosexuals.  But wouldn't the true homophobe approve of this action as it supports a pathway to their eternal destruction?

For those of you who doubt that this is sin, I refer to the following:

Gen 19 4-8, 15, 24.
[4] But before they lay down, the men of the city, [even] the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: [5] And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where [are] the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them. [6] And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, [7] And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. [8] Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as [is] good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. . . . . [15] And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. . . . [24] Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven; [25] And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

Lev 18:22 KJV Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination.
Lev 20:13 KJV  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.
Deu 23:17 KJV  There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
1 Cor 6:9-11  Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, [fn] nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.  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 and by the Spirit of our God. 
Romans 1:24-27 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 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:

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. Romans 1:27

1 Tim 1:8-11

[8] But we know that the law [is] good if one uses it lawfully, [9] knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for [the] lawless and insubordinate, for [the] ungodly and for sinners, for [the] unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, [10] for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, [11] according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust.
Jude 1:6-7
And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day; as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

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