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The fall of the Lutheran church

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The Lutherans have joined the ranks of the Episcopals, by voting in favor of actively gay clergy. This news hit the media over the weekend, and there’s a good chance you’ve seen it by now. I offer no additions to the news, just some thoughts on the implications.

First of all, homosexuality is a sin. Therefore, the Lutheran church has given approval for openly active sinners to be clergy. If you would like to see the reasoning behind this statement, please check out the following post: “Episcopal church wants a divorce.”

I have friends who will reluctantly agree that homosexuality is a sin, but they are quick to point out that it is a minor sin, with no real victims. Yes, it’s easy to come to that conclusion, but how does God look at it? What is God’s perspective on different sins?

A friend of mine once gave me the following illustration: draw a straight line one mile long, adding hash marks every 10 feet. The beginning of the scale, at zero feet, represents absolute evil; the far end of the scale, at the mile marker, represents absolute good. God is standing at the mile marker – absolutely good.

Take a mass murderer and place him somewhere on the scale, say at about the 10 foot mark. He’s not absolutely evil, since he did something good at one point in his life. Next, have an adulterer take their place on the scale, maybe say at 50 feet. Now how about someone who is very arrogant, selfish and uncompassionate; put them at about 75 feet. And finally, have someone who is actively homosexual stand at about the 100 foot hash mark; they are not nearly as bad as the other sinners on this scale.

The relative location and spacing of these different sinners is not actually important. What is important is how they look from God’s perspective. As God looks back at these sinners, almost a mile away, can He really see much of a different in how far away they are from Him? Now the length of my scale is most likely way off. Instead of one mile distance, God’s goodness probably places Him over a hundred miles from us sinners. To Him, we are all at the same level.

This is what He meant when Jesus said; being angry with your brother is as subject to judgment as murder.

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.” (Matthew 5:21-22)

And if that message is not clear enough, thinking of sinning is the same as the sin…

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)

From God’s perspective, all sinners are the same. Now do me a favor and visualize an actively arrogant and selfish Lutheran minister. Not very appealing, is he? You know where this is going… Now, visualize an openly active adulterer as a Lutheran minister. Some clergy have been kicked out of the church for less. Next, visualize the openly active mass murderer as a Lutheran minister. Time to run to another church. But finally, visualize the openly active gay person as a Lutheran minister. There is no difference. From God’s perspective, all sinners are the same.

What the Lutheran church has forgotten, and what the Episcopal church has forgotten, is that it’s God’s perspective that counts. But these churches have chosen to ignore God, in favor of the world.

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Author: C.J. Penn

Reflections on a double life... I'm just a wanna-be writer. What's it like trying to do serious writing while also being consumed with a full-time engineering job? Between the two, I sometimes don't get much sleep. But I love writing - it gets me out of bed when it's way too dark, just so I can do some work on my book before heading off to work. I'm also passionate about the truth of God and Jesus, a truth that is not always visible in the outward view of the Christian religion. It's this passion that has pulled me out of bed to write for over 6 years now, still working on the same book, a book about truth. Will it ever be finished? God knows.

3 thoughts on “The fall of the Lutheran church

  1. We have all fallen short of the glory of God –
    We are all sinners –
    All sin is equally abhorant to God –
    Why do you seek to remove the speck in your brothers eye when there is a plank in your own eye –
    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son so that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved –
    Sin is sin, look in the mirror and tell me what you see, if you see some one who is not a sinner then you are either Jesus Christ or a liar –
    Please read your bible – especially the words of Jesus and I’ll pray that you find the light that is Jesus Christ –
    May you find true salvation through Jesus Christ –

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  2. Gregory,
    I take it you don’t agree with what I’ve written. Truth is, I have read the bible, many times, which is partly why I wrote what I wrote. As I try to do in most of my posts, I let the bible talk for me. It’s not me who’s rebuking the Lutheran and Episcopal churches; it’s the bible. Like you say, who am I to ridicule anyone, when I am just as much a sinner as they are.
    But, Jesus does call us to rebuke our brother when they sin. See Matthew 18:15-17. And have you recently read Paul’s letter to the Galatians; particularly chapter 1? Paul saw the church in Galatia drifting away from the one true gospel, and he came down on them, hard.
    All I’m doing is following Paul’s example. The truth of Jesus Christ is defined in the bible, and in the hearts of those who let Him into their lives. And the Lutheran and Episcopal churches are falling away from that one true gospel. As Jesus said,
    “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.’ ” (Matthew 15:7-9).
    When a church adopts and teaches ways that are not supported in the bible, they are just following rules taught by men. Jesus has a message for them.
    Praise God, I believe I have found the light of Jesus Christ. My concern is for those in churches that are heading into the dark.

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  3. Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, does not have gay clergy.

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