By now you’re aware that the nation’s largest Lutheran church denomination has lurched into apostasy, following the United Church of Christ and the Episcopalians in formally accepting homosexuality as normal. Barring corporate repentance, the ELCA has reached a point of no return by putting its stamp of approval on a sexual abomination. It has little to do with what gay christian activists claim as matters of fairness and equality. Unless one repents, sin has put one resolution: death.
But what of those who remain in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America? Those who disagreed? Those who fought to keep things the Bible way? It appears the dissidents are saying they will stay under apostate leadership inspite of its damning decisions. But is this the right thing to do?
Opponents of the measures called for traditional congregations to withhold funds from the church-wide ministries and come together for a meeting in September.
“I am saddened that a Lutheran church that was founded on a firm commitment to the Bible has come to the point that the ELCA would vote to reject the Bible’s teaching on marriage and homosexual behavior. I breaks my heart,” said the Rev. Paul Spring of Pennsylvania.
He helps lead a group called Lutheran CORE, which worked to defeat the measures.
The United Church of Christ and Episcopal Church have accepted gay pastors in recent years. Other mainline and evangelical Protestant churches, including conservative Lutherans such as the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, do not affirm gay leaders or relationships.
Lutheran Core members said it was not their intent to leave the ELCA, but Spring said in a press release, “We intend to gather the largest possible body of faithful Lutherans so that we might collectively plan a united common future. For that reason it is important that congregations and individuals not make hasty decisions about their future in the ELCA.”
When a body of self professed Christians march into such a sharp departure from the scriptures, its time to leave. Judgment is upon these churches and no one who remains in them are safe.
Once the angels revealed God’s plan, Lot had to make a hasty decision. And if we’ve learned anything at all from Sodom, its that when God says get out now and don’t look back, we should get out now and not look back.
With its arrogant pride and participation in sexual immorality among other things (Ezekiel 16:49), the sodomites have come to represent the basest of humanity. It should be noted that Abraham did not intercede on behalf of the wicked, only for the righteous. “Wilt thou destroy the righteous with the wicked”?, he asked.
Abraham then lobbied to spare the city on behalf of the righteous and God agreed, if there could be found just ten righteous residing there (Gen 18:23-33). Amazingly, the mercy of God was on brilliant display before his justice was meted out. God always allows opportunity to escape, if we take heed to his warnings.
God always warns the righteous to flee before his judgment falls. In Revelation –the last book of the bible– God calls for the righteous to come out of Babylon, just as he did in Genesis, the Bible’s first book.
“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a habitation of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!'” (Revelation 18:1,2).
“And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities'” (Revelation 18:4,5).
If the people who opposed the sanctioning of homosexuality are convinced that these leaders have willingly abandoned the way of the Lord and invited demons to take up habitation, they should leave immediately. There is no rationalization or justification spiritually for remaining.
And to be clear, there is sin of all type running unchecked in every denomination. But sexual sin is different in several ways.
1. The sanctioning of and participation in sexual immorality has always drawn heated judgment from God (Reference Numbers 25 and Romans 1:32).
2. Unrepentant sexual sin is synonymous with pride. And the proud are broken by God, most times without warning. Thus, it is one of the most dangerous places to be in spiritually. It was so serious, the Apostle Paul ordered excommunication and sharply rebuked the Corinthian church for its pride in the act. He wrote that famous warning: a little leaven, leavens the whole lump.
3. Sexual sin infects and affects every facet of a person’s spiritual, emotional and relational well being. Even your self worth is damaged. Thus, we are told to literally FLEE (run away from) SEXUAL SIN.
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. (1 Cor 6:18-20)
Its clear from scripture, that sexual sin should never be promoted, agreed with, sanctioned in any context whether personal or corporate. In doing so, we subject ourselves to God’s severest judgments.
You should also read:
- Biblical Anglicans formally breack away from apostates
- Sodom speaks from the ashes
- An unbroken cloud of witnesses against sexual sin