Gay affirming Lutheran bishop dead at 75

A Lutheran bishop who went against scripture and defied denominational policy on ordaining homosexuals, is dead at 75 reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Rev. Paul Egertson, who was asked to resign as a Lutheran bishop in 2001 after violating church policy by participating in the ordination of a non-celibate lesbian minister, has died. He was 75.

Egertson, a senior lecturer at California Lutheran University and a longtime advocate for the inclusion of gays in the life of the church, died Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Thousand Oaks, the college announced.

In 1994, Egertson was elected bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Southern California (West) Synod, which included Kern, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties. He defied church policy in 2001 by joining three retired bishops to ordain the Rev. Anita Hill. Gays and lesbians could be ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America only if they vowed to be celibate, and Hill was in a committed relationship.

“I went there because I wanted to protest this policy and ecclesiastical disobedience is a perfectly respectable form of protest speech,” Egertson told The Times after resigning. “I knew punishment would go along with this, but one theory of passive resistance is to break the laws and take the consequences so that the law is reconsidered.”

You can break man’s law, but breaking God’s law and encouraging others into rebellion against God will come to no good end. Some clergy like Egerston who turn their backs on the truth,  do so because of a  homosexual family member. Part of the responsibility of a bishop is to hold fast to the truth of the scriptures given to us by God.

Egertson’s eldest son, Greg, is gay and was denied ordination after graduating from a seminary because of the policy banning non-celibate gays. The ban was ended in 2009.

“My dad believed from the beginning that his beliefs and what he was seeking the church to do was the best thing for the church,” Greg Egertson said Sunday.

Its a sad testament that such people who should be standing for the truth and speaking it in love, even if it is a family member end up compromising and promoting sin. In 2007, Atlanta based gay cleric Dennis Meredith first defended his son’s homosexuality in opposition to scripture, then two years later announced his own homosexuality. But parents have a responsibility to tell their children the truth. It doesn’t matter if they are homosexual or robbing a bank, committing adultery or falsifying taxes, wrong is just wrong.

Perhaps at one point in his life Bishop Egerston knew and spoke the truth, but he turned against it and lobbied for the acceptance of a destructive lifestyle. In doing so, he too became guilty as a partaker of the sins of another.

Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:32

Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins:  keep thyself pure. 1 Tim 5:22

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29 thoughts on “Gay affirming Lutheran bishop dead at 75

  1. The same can be said for those who are divorced and remarried outside Scripture (adultery, death of spouse or abandonment by the nonBeliever). The same could be said about those who have children out of wedlock. These were sins that years ago you were not allowed to be ordained, and centuries ago you could be “stoned to death” or even banished. GOD’s word cannot be refuted…so let’s make sure our own hearts are right. It’s funny how the same criticism levied at gays was once used for those above.

  2. yes, and the same excuses used by homosexuals to justify their sin is the same one the pedophiles and the jim crow white racists use. What a tangled web sin is.

  3. Hhhmm the wages of sin is still death yesterday today and forever.

    Rev. Paul Egertson is going someplace hot when he wakes up…….

  4. A co-worker attended California Lutheran some years ago and also a Lutheran College in the Midwest. She is becoming so tired of the gay agenda that is being pushed from the pulpit and from these enlightened universities. Her comment was so many pressing issues and this is the one that her church zeros in on. In-fact she is ready to cease support of the church because of it and commented no wonder people are leaving the Lutheran Church. There is a parting of the way. A separation of the wheat from the chaff.

  5. When I get to heaven, I’m going to have a long talk with Rev. Paul Egertson about the decisions he made on Earth. Wait, scratch that. I’m going to give a high five to Jesus first!!!

  6. I understand your question brdavision, and we can speculate about someone’s eternal fate as much as we want, but only Jesus Christ will be the final judge. I know I am counting on His mercy when I stand before Him one day. As for Rev Egertson, I personally think that because of his position on homosexuals he is treading on dangerous ground and is leading many people astray with those beliefs. Hopefully, God will have mercy on him as well. Just some late evening thoughts. Thank you.

  7. @John from Seattle-I don’t see how we have to speculate about the matter…..And I’m not sure I understand what you mean by counting on Jesus’ mercy. If the bible says:

    “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Romans 8:9-10

    It doesn’t say you might be saved or if Jesus is feeling merciful that day he may let you in. It says thou shalt be saved.

    Now regarding Rev. Egertson, Paul made it very clear who wouldn’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven:

    “Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    Paul clearly lays out that those who live in sin will not enter the Kingdom of God. But then Paul says something else:

    “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11

    We all used to be some of those things. If Rev. Egertson was still teaching falsely and leading people to hell. Then You can know for sure where he is. If he turned from that life of lies and deception then Paul says he would be made right with God. Its not some big ol mystery.

  8. Ive always wondered how people can be 100% sure about folks going to heaven, but when it comes to hell, we start saying nobody really knows, etc. If the qualifications for entering heaven are clear and sure for us to put folk in heaven without reservation, why are we so unsure about those who are hellbound? Personally I believe if you die wicked, then you are in a place of torment until the judgment. What’s wicked? Living your life in willful disobedience to the will of God. Did Bishop Egerston do this? Yes, he actively advocated for sin and rebellion against the will of God, knowing fully what the bible said about those who do such things.

    Once you die, your eternal destiny is finished and you will be judged on how you lived.
    Rev: 11Let him who does wrong continue to do wrong; let him who is vile continue to be vile; let him who does right continue to do right; and let him who is holy continue to be holy.”
    12“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.

  9. @gcmwatch-Amen……like I said its not some big ol mystery that nobody knows. God’s word is clear…..

    Romans 6:23 (King James Version)

    23For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  10. For it is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the judgment. Mercy is given to us while we are alive, and that is a beautiful thing, both in the spiritual and in the natural. For how do you benefit if
    someone tries to feed you after you have already starved to death? Or buys you a mansion after you died homeless? It makes absolutely no sense, and it won’t help you because…..you are already dead.
    So it is with mercy, if you did not receive it while you are alive, it is of no use when you’re dead.

    The greatest act of mercy was and will always be Jesus Christ laying down his life and shedding his blood to pay the price for our sins, and to deliver us from the power of sin and Satan. Need mercy? Get it while you live.

  11. I’m so TIRED of hearing people talk about what people would have been stoned for back in B.C. How about this. A practicing homosexual is an unrepentant sinner, like a person who fornicates or breaks any of God’s 10 Commandments (fornication isn’t one of them, by the way). HOWEVER, the difference is fornicators don’t sit around trying to create Biblical justification for having sex. Homosexuals DO. And if you can twist your mind to believe there is nothing wrong with it, then you won’t see it as a sin. And if you don’t see it as a sin, then you won’t ask for forgiveness. If you don’t ask for forgiveness, you won’t be forgiven. If you have unconfessed, unforgiven sins, YOU’RE GOING TO HELL!!!

    Is that clear enough???

  12. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, you are going to heaven. If you are saved but yet preach a message that does not line up with doctrine, like one that condones homosexuality, you will not get a reward in heaven. There are preachers who preach obedience to the State, promote warfare in the mideast, show favoritism to the Israeli State, all wrong but they are on their way to heaven because they believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

    There will be many without rewards, yet still saved. Nothing can snatch a man, not even himself, out of the Lord’s hand. Once truly saved, always saved.

  13. I should say, those works done while saved but of the flesh, like condoning homosexuality, they will burn up at the judgment seat of Christ (believer’s judgment). Only the true works with the right spirit will stand the test. You are still saved though.

  14. Pastor DL,

    Hope you are doing well. Brdavison, wrote above about I Cor 6:9-10. People misquote the scripture and don’t understand word study. Please help me and correct me if i have misunderstood the scripture. I Cor 6:9-10 uses the word “effeminate”. That word means to be feminine or womanish. Having the traits, habits traditionally considered feminie. Many people substitute the word “homosexual” “Homo” meaning same. The word effeminate takes on an entirely different meaning. The bible is basically saying do not dress up or act like a woman if you are a man. Be mascusline and don’t desire or have feminine traits. I don’t believe in adding our own words to the bible to make it fit what we believe to be correct. The correct scriputre to use for “homosexuality” would be Romans 1:26. You cannot get more plain than this scripture. I understand how one could tie in effeminate with “homosexuality”, but Romans 1:26 really sums it up. The good thing about I Cor 6:9-10 however you interpret it is it says, and such were some of you, but you are washed and sanctified … Thank God for Jesus. Sin is sin… and i appreciate you Pastor DL for your witness. I have recommended this site to others. Be Blessed All!!!

  15. I will not receive that LukeNC……..you show me in the bible where it says you can do what you want and as long as you believe in Jesus Christ you will be saved????

    That’s just like saying those who are homosexuals will still go to heaven because they say they believe in Christ as well……I believe your theology is incorrect go back and study some more…..

  16. @Bro. T-That translation I used was the new living translation. So what??? I didn’t add or take anything away. Neither did I mis-quote it……..wonder why nobody but you had anything to say about it….Oh by the way you can address me if you are speaking to me…..

  17. brdavision –I would suggest you study your bible.

    John 5:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

    If you are saved and do not obey God, He treats you as a child, not a sinner. You do not have permission to sin, see Hebrews 12:6-8: “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.”

    You can be in sin and STILL go to heaven IF you’ve already believed on the Lord. Look at 1 Cor. Chapter 5 about the story of the man who was sinning in church and what Paul instructed them to do. People fall into sin, people sin, they affirm it, ALL incorrect. BUT!!!!! The blood of Christ overcomes it all!!!

    This pastor who affirmed homosexuality will still have to give an account at the judgment seat of Christ, see 2 Corinthians 5:20.

  18. 1 Cor. 3:15 says that some believers will not receive any rewards in heaven. This pastor might be one of them. He is still saved but preached a terrible doctrine. Some will get a few, some will get many.

    You CAN be saved and be of the world but that is not a desirable position. As a believer, you do not have permission to sin, God will chastise His own. Salvation is not contingent on you turning from sin, it is realizing that you are a sinner and believing that God sent His Son to die for them. Jesus saves, not pastors, not men, not good works. No one can live a sinless life. My theory is that this pastor was merely immature and mistaken as so many in America are today.

    “I will not receive that” — what is this? Word Faith? I hope not or your doctrine is all mixed up.

  19. LukeNC-just like I said before I will not and do not receive that erroneous use of scripture. If the REV. was just misinformed as you say then why does Jude describe a false teacher like him this way:

    Jude 10:13

    10But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves.
    11Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.
    12These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;
    13Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

    And the only person doctrine “messed up” around here is yours…….

  20. My theory is that this pastor was merely immature and mistaken as so many in America are today.

    Luke I dont think so. You seem to be making this out to be a just fake it till you make it scenario. That wont fly.
    The issue is whether someone can live a sinless life. The issue is living a life of known rebellion against the will of God and inciting others to do the same. That’s not a “mistake” a BISHOP (check the qualifications) should make and thats not something we can dumb down.

  21. It seems that we need to reference the Strong’s Concordance and my Greek manuscript pdfs to look at the true meaning of a certain word in 1 Cor 6:9-10. G733 is the word I am looking and it identifies with “Sodomite”. It also means an abuser of themselves with mankind, or homosexual.

    Since the Bible identifies any sex outside of marriage between man and woman as a sin. Homosexuals also fall under G4205 “pornoi.” which means can mean either a male prostitute, fornicator or whoremonger. So no matter if homosexuals have a marriage license from the state or not they are still fornicating and thus will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

    lukeNC said “Once truly saved, always saved/Salvation is not contingent on you turning from sin” <—- This is what believing a lie looks like.

    Hebrews 6:4-6 (Amplified Bible)4For it is impossible [to restore and bring again to repentance] those who have been once for all enlightened, who have consciously tasted the heavenly gift and have become sharers of the Holy Spirit,

    5And have felt how good the Word of God is and the mighty powers of the age and world to come,

    6If they then deviate from the faith and turn away from their allegiance–[it is impossible] to bring them back to repentance, for (because, while, as long as) they nail upon the cross the Son of God afresh [as far as they are concerned] and are holding [Him] up to contempt and shame and public disgrace.

    1 John 3:8 (ESV) Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

  22. Friends,

    There are many who speak heresy and not even know it due to lack of biblical understanding case in point is Apollos, but once clear understanding is brought to them they receive it. God says in his word that he is married to the backslider, many have been in a backslidden condition and not know it, scripture says the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Samson, and he was totally unaware, David was in a backslidden condition for almost some would say a year, until God using the prophet Nathan brings his sin to light. But this individual spoke heretical knowingly and a backslidden condition knowingly, therefore if he hadn’t repented of such before his death, he will not stand before the BEAMA seat of Christ, where all believers’ will stand to give account for there works.

  23. Tony what about the subject at hand. The bishop who was booted out of the church for pressing for open homosexuals to serve in ministry? Thats what we need to talk about. Was all that you said below applicable to this apostate bishop or was he just a poor victim of ignorance?

  24. Pastor,

    Where was it that I indicated I was for this heretical and backslidden teacher, I wrote in his condition there was no way he would stand before the BEAMA seat of Christ were all “BELIEVERS” would stand. I simply gave an indication that some speak heretical out of ignorance of the word and some who are of a backslidden condition and not know it God’s word speaks of it, as I indicated. I simply gave notice to some who would turn the blind eye or passively think he was displaying his attitudes out of the ignorance of not knowing instead of the ignorance of knowing. So because I spoke of that shouldn’t mean I adhered or turned a blind eye to the purposeful and knowling heretical teaching of this individual. I even spoke had he not repented of such teaching and heresy before his “DEATH” his fate would be sealed according to the word of God.

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