It was not a surprise to me to read the headline, “Lutherans let active gays serve as clergy” in your Sunday, Aug. 23 paper. This has been in the making for a number of years.
I would like to thank the delegates of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America who voted in favor of the new policy that will allow E.L.C.A. congregations to hire homosexuals as clergy as long as they are in committed relationships. Thank you for giving Lutherans another bad name.
Not all Lutherans agree with the result of the convention’s vote in Minneapolis last week. This vote has clearly embraced sin and is like the iceberg that sank the Titanic. I pray that many will find a lifeboat and be rescued rather than to go down with the ship.
There are some in churches who are saying, “Thank you for putting us in the position to tell our community, friends and family that my church now supports practicing homosexuality. Even my pastor can now be gay!” Aren’t clergy and pastors suppose to uphold the truth of God’s word rather than change it and proclaim a false teaching that is detestable (Lev. 20:13)?
The new policy says, “We don’t have to hire a homosexual or lesbian pastor if we don’t want to.” Oh, how comforting. Thank you for your sensitivity and deep concern for us Lutherans who believe what God has called sin — sin is still sin.
We live in a world of change: Clergy change, culture changes and countries change. But God’s word never changes.
Rev. Tim Voth, Living Word Lutheran Brethren Fellowship, Dickinson