The Decline of the Lutheran Church not a Denominational Trend, but of the Entire Christian Church

Robert Benne, in his article at the website titled Lutheran Exceptionalism—–from Hope to Decline wrote, “Increasingly the theology of Protestant liberalism crept in in three key areas—the nature of salvation itself; the decisiveness and uniqueness of Christ as Savior; and the familiar sexuality issues.    One need do nothing to be saved, for God loves you unconditionally, just as you are, by virtue of your creation. ”  In a 2008 Christmas message, Archbishop of Southern Africa Thabo Makgoba infamously declared that “Jesus is like a ‘bucketful of God'” — a statement seemingly at odds with church teaching about Christ being the exact imprint of God’s character in whom “the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.”  The creep of cultural relativism has infiltrated the Church to the point that philosophies from other religions that are not rooted in the Truth of the Word of Jesus, Jehovah, and the Holy Spirit are given equal footing by members of the congregation and sometimes even the pastors.  Increasingly, the Christian Church as an entire body has been facing the same issue.   Recently, retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has provocatively declared that he would not worship a God who is homophobic, adding that “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven… I mean, I would much rather go to the other place [hell].”  Regardless of what Bishop Tutu believes, members of the body, nor their spiritual leaders can legislate the morality of God.  His Holy Word remains the expected standard for righteousness, regardless of how many liberals have infiltrated a particular congregation.  Truth remains to be truth.  Homosexuality will continue to be a sin, regardless of how many rainbow waving parade marchers and females with butch haircuts are inside the church building.  The number of bumperstickers with Tweety bird or Betty Boop on them in the church parking lot will not change what Romans 1: 24-32 says.   Some clergy have called out the wayward Tutu in his rebellion against God’s Word,

Archbishop Yinka Sarfo of Ghana

Archbishop Sarfo has condemned the permissiveness of homosexuality by retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Yinkah Sarfo of Ghana — strongly condemned Tutu over his comments.”Archbishop Tutu is respected in the Anglican Church and around the world but this time he has misfired and all Anglican Bishops from Africa, Asia and South America condemn his statement in no uncertain terms,” Sarfo told Ghana’s Adom News.”  Even though Tutu and many people who are in same sex relationships are in defiance of God’s will, the body of Christ is still expected to extend the message of Jesus’s love to everyone, with kindness and empathy.  Sometimes, hurt feelings are inevitable, because some individuals refuse the Truth of the Lord when it is presented to them, and prefer their sin over repentance.  Oftentimes, they will mend their ways in due time at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Plants do not appear at the instant that seeds are planted.  It is the responsibility of every believer to plant seed, nurture sprouts, and continue the watering of full grown plants as we submit to the will of the “Almighty I Am”.

(H/T: and  Robert Benne/ Institute of Religion and Democracy)

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