The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Does the gospel override

... the Bible, in matters of sexuality?

Q: I understand that the ELCA is undertaking a study on sexuality, including examining whether gays or lesbians who refuse to take a vow of celibacy might be ordained. A pastor was quoted as saying that since theologians are divided on this matter, Lutherans must ask, "Does the gospel override the Bible?" Can you clarify?

A: Lutheran Christians believe the Scripture's center is the good news that in Jesus, God forgives, renews and restores all fallen humanity to God and to one another. This pure grace claims us for a life of mercy, compassion and faithfulness to God. This becomes the "lens" through which we understand and "stand-under" all Scripture. We believe the history of Israel and its Scriptures

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