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Lutherans Concerned/North America was renamed ReconcilingWorks, with a new logo and website.

Founded in 1974, the organization will continue to work for full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in the life of the church.

The 2009 Churchwide Assembly opened the ELCA roster to people in committed same-gender relationships. Today the name ReconcilingWorks better describes the ministry, said executive director Emily Eastwood.


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 12:55 am (U.S. Eastern) 8/8/2012

Why should we have an organization whose primary purpose appears to be denying the Bible's teachings respecting homosexuals?

It is beyond dispute that homosexual sex is sin, as it is repeatedly condemned in the Word of God. Gen 19: 4-8, 15, 24; Lev 18: 22, Lev 20: 13; Deut 23:17; 1 Cor 6:9, 10; Rom 1: 24-27; 1 Tim 1: 8-11; Jude 1: 6-7.

How do we deal with it?  We simply lie to our fellow sinners about this sin and, by telling them that congregations can choose to have a "blessing ceremony" for committed gay couples and accept "monogamous" gay pastors, send the clear message, contrary to scripture, that this is not sin.

It is our duty to lovingly point out to homosexuals that this conduct is sin and that the way out of sin is to seek forgiveness through the blood and sacrifice of Christ. 1 Cor. 6: 11. To follow the path we have chosen is to assist homosexuals on a path to hell.  1 Cor. 6: 9-10.

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