The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Gay ordination draws responses

The ELCA's struggles continue

Craig Minich's statement (April) that our church laws are outdated, discriminatory and degrading is not helpful with the struggles in our church. I understand why churches struggle with gay issues. To ordain ministers who are noncelibate gays--and in relationships with others of the same sex--is troubling to many.

Jerry Roth
Othello, Wash.

Former ELCA presiding bishop Herbert Chilstrom said, "The arms of the ELCA are broad enough that we can allow [same-sex unions] to happen in some of our churches." Some of us see these arms as tentacles trying to crush our dissension. In Matthew 7:13-14 Jesus said: "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction ... and those who find it are few." The homosexuals have selected a gate that is too wide.

Harry P. Coleman Jr.
Martins Ferry, Ohio

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