The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


College approves weddings

Steve Bahls, president of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., in late November sent students and faculty an email announcing his consent for same-gender weddings on campus. Bahls said he had been approached by campus chaplains Richard Priggie and Kristen Glass Perez to do so. "The bishop of our Northern Illinois Synod ... determined that it was up to me as president of the college to provide or not provide consent," Bahls wrote. "I decided to consent. ... If we say we do not discriminate, our policies and practices should honestly reflect it."


Donald Bohlken

Donald Bohlken

Posted at 2:59 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/2/2013

Well, it now appears that this ELCA college has gone beyond the General Assembly's approval of "blessings" for "committed" gay and lesbian couples to full-blown marriages! The Bible condemns this, but who cares what the Bible says!  Anything goes!

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 and Augustana College has chosen, is to assist homosexuals on a path to hell.  1 Cor. 6: 9-10.

God's law on marriage, as set forth in  Genesis 2: 23-24 and affirmed by Jesus Christ at  Matthew 19: 4-6, is also clear.  It provides that marriage was created exclusively as a union between one man and one woman.



Note: Donald Bohlken edited this post at 3:08 pm on 1/2/2013.

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