Saturday, May 24, 2008

Lutheran CORE notes correction

Shrimp has, at the request of Lutheran CORE, included a correction to the Shellfish posting of News from Lutheran CORE - May 2008 article on the "Unauthorized ordination held in Minneapolis." The article's original final paragraph mistakenly stated that Jen Rude, ordained last November, is in a same-sex relationship. In fact, it is Jen Nagle (the primary subject of the article) who is in a relationship with a female UCC pastor. (Too many "Jens," apparently, for the CORE editor.)

The conclusion of the article now reads:
Nagel’s ordination was the fifth unauthorized ordination of a gay or lesbian person since 2006.

On April 27, Grace Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, voted to call Lura N. Groen, a candidate not approved by the ELCA. An unauthorized ordination is scheduled for July.
Read it all here. Shrimp out.


Rev. Megan M. Rohrer said...

In our Lutheran Confessions, it is clearly stated that when bishops make celibacy a requirement for ordination that the churches reserve the right to ordain and are called by the Gospel to do so. So yes these ordinations are not authorized by Bishops, but they are authorized by Christ.

And I think all of us would choose following Christ over bishops!

Shrimp said...

No one in the ELCA or the ELCIC (or any other Lutheran church) has made celibacy a requirement, Megan. You are perfectly free to marry in accordance with the Word of God.

No, Megan, the offense is that Bishops wink wink, nudge nudge, while "Queer" ideologues such as yourself serve as "Pastor" in ELCA congregations in the name of teaching things in contravention of Christian discipleship.

So, yes, we choose to follow Christ over bishops, though we are deeply saddened that ELCA/ELCIC bishops better fit the description of those condemned by the very Confessions according to which they have promised to teach and preach.

Anonymous said...

This dialogue between Shrimp and Megan is very enlightening. What is shows is the "fight" over language which the traditionalists have regrettably lost.

Yes, the issue is not celebacy. The issue is the proper place for sexual unions within the framework shown in Holy Scripture.

That the bishops of ELCA and ELCIC have chosen to look away shows that the majority have decided to abrogate their calling to enforce the teaching of the one holy catholic and apostolic church.

Very sad.

Peace in the Lord!
Rob Buechler

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