ELCA: Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors to sin, and out run all the people…

The sane ones anyway…

Last year I reported on this inverted Cross dangling atop the steeple on the Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis following a rare downtown twister as the ELCA Churchwide Assembly was in legislative session across the street at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The ELCA was meeting to vote on allowing gay and lesbian pastors in committed relationships to lead congregations. It passed by a vote of 559 to 451.

Following the vote last year the Minnesota Family Council released a statement saying:  

“With this vote to affirm homosexual behavior and clergy, the ELCA has fully embraced moral relativism and jettisoned its moral authority in the community. They’ve embraced postmodernism and rejected the clear teaching of Scripture and Christian practice for nearly 2,000 years,”

And so, the following story:

CHICAGO — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America lost almost 91,000 members and 48 congregations last year, but saw a slight increase in per-congregant giving.

In 2009, the denomination dropped to 4.5 million members and about 10,300 congregations, according to a report released Tuesday by David Swartling, the ELCA secretary.

Total offerings in congregations dropped by nearly 3 percent, to about $2.6 billion, but average giving per baptized member increased by a similar percentage, to $492.

The ELCA is dealing not only with the impact of the recession, but also with the fallout from the denomination’s vote last year to lift the celibacy requirement for gay clergy.

HAT TIP: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/08/13/2404537/lutheran-group-reports-decline.html#ixzz0wZ8dRQT2



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