Wednesday, August 17, 2016

ELCA Lutherans Curse Israel

By now, I'm sure we are all familiar with the blessings and curses that the Bible spells out surrounding Israel.

Today we find that the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America) is heading further down the slope towards cursing Israel.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America approved a resolution calling on the US government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building settlements and “enable an independent Palestinian state.”

Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended Saturday, the church also sought a halt to all investment in companies that profit from Israel’s occupation and called on US President Barack Obama to recognize the State of Palestine.

The aid vote, which passed 751-162, urged church members to “call on their US Representatives, Senators and the Administration to take action requiring that to continue receiving US financial and military aid, Israel must comply with internationally recognized human rights standards as specified in existing US law, stop settlement building and the expansion of existing settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, end its occupation of Palestinian territory, and enable an independent Palestinian state.”

The resolution also called on Obama not to prevent the application of the State of Palestine for full membership in the United Nations and, in coordination with the United Nations Security Council, to “offer a new, comprehensive and time-bound agreement to the governments of Israel and Palestine, resulting in a negotiated final status agreement between Israel and Palestine leading to two viable and secure states with a shared Jerusalem.”

In the divestment resolution, which passed 821-92, the church adopted a human rights-based investment screen for its social responsibility funds, to ensure the church is not profiting from human rights abuses, and mentioned the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by name. It also called for the church to “increase positive investment in Palestine.”

The resolutions were spearheaded by a group within the church called Isaiah 58, which bills itself as “a group of Lutherans working for peace and justice in the Holy Land.”

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America claims about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations.

This is the danger of REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY which the ELCA has embraced.  They believe that God is done with His client nation Israel.  How wrong they are!

The ELCA will find that history is not kind to those organizations that curse Israel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that the ELCA promotes "replacement theology", but I can't locate a single ELCA document that actually says and teaches this. Can you please provide a link? Thanks.

August 19, 2016 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger dennis said...

Hi Anonymous,
this should get you started;

Remember as well that actions speak louder than words. I seriously doubt that you are going to find ELCA documents that say publicly that they believe The Church is now the recipient of all God's promises He made to Israel, but if you start talking to ELCA pastors who have been brought up in ELCA doctrine I think you will discover that enough of them believe it. This would also explain how they easily passed the resolution to ask Obama to cut off aid to Israel unless they cease building houses in "occupied territory".

August 19, 2016 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger dennis said...

Hi Anonymous,
here is another link you might want to check out. This one is from the ELCA:

August 19, 2016 at 4:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen all this type of stuff before. What I'm after is ELCA'S own writing saying "we teach replacement theology". Critiques of their position is something completely different. Sorry.

August 19, 2016 at 11:03 PM  

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