Posted by: conservativecritic | February 25, 2010

ECLA – sliding down the slippery slope of no return…

I am a Baptist by choice but went to school with and had many many friends who attended the Lutheran Church.  So, this is difficult for us to write – since many of those from yesteryear are still good friends but terribly mired in the environment of a very egregious latter day abomination that they need to extricate themselves from.

Those earlier days were the times when we saw that Liberace had more than just a few loose bolts – but never did we think that someone of that persuasion(read as “choice”) would stand in front of a Sunday School class or in the church pulpit and presume to provide moral guidance to the congregation.

Yes – those were days of comparative innocence – and it is a travesty to see how far the Episcopal Church and the ECLA branch of the Lutheran Church have drifted into moral decadence by placing practicing homosexuals and lesbians in a place of leadership in the church.  It is as if the Bible does not exist in those pulpits – and that the conscience of the church leadership has been seared as with a hot iron.

1 Timothy 4:2, in whatever translation you may choose(below), is pretty clear what has happened in these wayward church organizations.


New International Version
 (©1984)
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.New Living Translation (©2007)
These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.

English Standard Version (©2001)
through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared,

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,

International Standard Version (©2008)
and the hypocrisy of liars, whose consciences have been burned by a hot iron.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
These people will speak lies disguised as truth. Their consciences have been scarred as if branded by a red-hot iron.

King James Bible
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

American King James Version
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

American Standard Version
through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;

Bible in Basic English
Through the false ways of men whose words are untrue, whose hearts are burned as with a heated iron;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speaking lies in hypocrisy, and having their conscience seared,

Darby Bible Translation
speaking lies in hypocrisy, cauterised as to their own conscience,

English Revised Version
through the hypocrisy of men that speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;

Webster’s Bible Translation
Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

Weymouth New Testament
through the hypocrisy of men who teach falsely and have their own consciences seared as with a hot iron;

World English Bible
through the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, branded in their own conscience as with a hot iron;

Young’s Literal Translation
in hypocrisy speaking lies, being seared in their own conscience.

Many will say that the Bible does not condemn homosexuaity or lesbianism – but it takes quite an imagination to misread text in both the Old and New Testaments which clearly state that such activities are an abomination to God.  God cannot countenance sin – but when Scripture says the sin of homosexuality is an “abomination” to God, it clearly demands special attention in the littany of sins which man can commit.

While homosexuals and lesbians, as any other sinner, are accepted in the church so as to find eternal redemption and salvation, the acceptance of homosexuality and lesbianism in the pulpit is not blessed by God, and God does give specific instructions to those in the pews who find this leadership condition in their church:

2 Cor. 6:17:  “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”

What do you think?

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