The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


S.C. diocese secedes

After continuing disagreements over gay and lesbian clergy, as well as same-sex unions, the Episcopal Church's Diocese of South Carolina announced Oct. 17 that it will leave the denomination — the fifth to do so. The announcement came after the denomination's 18-member disciplinary board for bishops ruled in September that South Carolina Bishop Mark Lawrence could no longer act as an ordained Episcopal priest. Accusing the church of practicing "the false gospel of indiscriminate inclusivity," Lawrence had removed references to the national church in church and civil documents. He also issued deeds releasing the diocese's and denomination's claims to parish property.


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 3:05 pm (U.S. Eastern) 12/10/2012

Three cheers for the Episcopal Church's Diocese of South Carolina!  Thank God for them!  If only the ELCA had  resisted the temptation to turn their backs on the Word of God's teachings on homosexuality in order to be politically correct.

The Bible clearly condemns homosexual behavior as sin.  "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it [is] abomination."  Lev 18:22. "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 1:26-27.  See also Gen 19: 4-8, 15, 24; Lev 20: 13; Deut 23:17; 1 Cor 6:9, 10; 1 Tim 1: 8-11; Jude 1: 6-7.

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. of denying the scripture's teachings, which the ELCA General Assembly has chosen, is to assist homosexuals on a path to hell.  1 Cor. 6: 9-10.

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