The NCC did receive many letters representing a variety of views and proposals. Lutheran Church—Canada desires to reach out with the Gospel to everyone, including the homosexual, to provide real healing of the person, so that their lives may begin to reflect the holiness God desires of all of His people.
The NCC is simply presenting a resolution to the convention for its consideration. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with approximately 3. The Anglican Church of Canada. Since a pastor is one who is to have a good reputation among Christians and before the world, for the church to ordain people who clearly flout the Word of God in their actions throws both the Word of God and the office of the Holy Ministry into contempt, and gives the rest of the world an excuse to continue in its sin.
We regret the decision of the ELCA, which, even by its own admission in its resolutions at this convention, goes against everything the Scriptures clearly teach and which the church has confirmed over the last years and even before.
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. I recall what happened at the close of Roman persecution, when the church chose to pardon those who offered incense in worship of Diocletian, or purchased papers stating that they did, while others were martyred in protest. I believe it is truly important to be engaged in honest, open exchange with those who differ from us.
Retrieved 28 February The ELCA acknowledges that the issue of how to deal pastorally within the Christian community with same-gender couples in lifelong, monogamous relationships has been a growing concern in recent decades.
A selection of letters to the editor are published daily. Pastors would not read banns nor sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples. We want Canadians to know that, both in Lutheran Church—Canada and in a number of smaller church bodies, there are Lutheran Christians in this country still deeply committed to the Bible as the authoritative Word of God, and still dedicated to its clear witness on human sexuality, marriage and standards for ministry.
Last weekend, the delegates at the national convention of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada voted to allow ministers to perform same-sex blessings or marriages, according to the laws in their provinces, if they and their congregation choose to do so.
This will ensure that all points of view are heard. People hold deep and sincere convictions on both sides of this issue. ELCIC members have become increasingly uneasy and want the church to resolve the issue.