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From Exposing the ELCA's Founder

The Year in Review

2013 was a blessed ministry year for Exposing the ELCA. It was a year of many milestones and breakthroughs. Exposing the ELCA saw an increase in website traffic and exposure, and I praise God for that. This means the word is getting out and more people are learning about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's troubling ways and their departure from Truth.

This year, the unbiblical beliefs, teachings and policies of ELCA leadership was exposed to 149,849 ExposingtheELCA.com visitors. That is a 37% increase in visitors compared to 2012. The website also had 293,740 pageviews in that 12-month period, an increase of 63% over last year. The Exposing the ELCA Facebook page (here) has had 1,059 people "like" the page. Thousands more visit the page or are directed to the information it contains from individual Facebook users as they share it with others.

I've received hundreds of messages from individuals expressing their gratitude for this ministry or asking for specific ELCA-related information.

For this and all of your support, we thank you!

I pray that God would continue to grow this ministry. There are over 4 million ELCA members and regular attenders who need to be informed about the organization of which they are a part. God willing, we will continue this work that He began.

Here are the top 13 most read Exposing the ELCA articles for 2013 -

13 - ELCA 'Star,' Pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, Believes and Teaches Wiccan Goddess is Another 'Aspect' of Christian God

12 - Join the ELCA in Celebrating the 'Myths' of Jesus' Birth

11 - The ELCA is No Longer a Christian Denomination

10 - Women of the ELCA Links Christ's Death and Resurrection to LGBT Community

9 - ELCA Repents for Holding Biblical View

8 - ELCA Church Tower to Have Hindu Goddess and Naked Woman Mural

7 - Revealed: ELCA Leadership on Evolution, Creation

6 - New ELCA Presiding Bishop, Same Old Disregard for What God Says

5 - Known Pagan goddess is Actually Holy Spirit Claims ELCA Seminary Professor

4 - ELCA Elects First Homosexual Bishop

3 - Female Jesus Image Posted By ELCA Seminary Professor

2 - Exposing Nadia Bolz-Weber

1 - A Sad Walk Through An ELCA Seminary
 

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Dan Skogen
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In His Service,

Dan Skogen

 

Blasts from the Past -

Read the ELCA Articles that Caused a Huge Uproar
(from 1/30/2013)

Bible-believing Lutherans were upset a few years ago when they learned of numerous heretical and unorthodox articles from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. They were posted on the ELCA's official website under a section meant to explain the ELCA's beliefs and teachings, called “Dig Deeper.”  The ELCA leadership took a great deal of well deserved heat for what the articles said and even though they never repudiated the articles or the teaching, with no apology, they removed them from elca.org.

Now with the help of a website which archives old web pages you can view the articles as they looked in 2009.
 
  • Propagating the idea of Universalism (that all people go to heaven) is the ELCA article titled “Salvation” - See here.
  • The ELCA questions the “Virgin Birth” in this informational page – See here.
  • The ELCA's “The Bible” page (see here) has a section in which they say “Because Biblical writers, editors and compilers were limited by their times and world views, even as we are, the Bible contains material wedded to those times and places. It also means that writers sometimes provide differing and even contradictory views of God’s word, ways and will.”

    The page also tells a few of the forms of study (biblical criticism) which the ELCA uses when studying Scripture.  The article describes Redaction Criticism in this way, “understanding how writers creatively shaped material they inherit and how, perhaps, they brought nuances from their own context and culture.” 

    Here is a better description from a Christian apologetics website -

    Redaction Criticism of the Bible is the theory that different copyists and commentators of the early biblical writings embellished and altered the biblical texts throughout early Jewish and Christian history to make them appear more miraculous, inspirational, and legitimate.  An example of redaction theory would be the claim that Old Testament prophecies were modified by redactors after the fact to make them appear as miraculous prophecies.  Redaction criticism reduces the quality of the biblical record, casts strong doubt on its inspiration, and implies that the Bible is not trustworthy as a historical document." (read here
  • The ELCA's “The Resurrection” page promotes universalism and doubt about Christ's physical resurrection. See here.

    Gnesio, an online magazine of Lutheran theology, addresses the ELCA's “The Resurrection” page saying:

    The resurrection for the ELCA does not necessarily have to be a historic event, but something of faith. From their website: 'All of this has led some scholars to write that the risen Jesus (and apparitions of the risen Jesus) is a supernatural reality which does not belong to this world and cannot be the object of historic investigation. Rather, Jesus’ resurrection is an object of faith.

    Accordingly, ELCA members believe that what history does is to demonstrate the disciples’ faith in the resurrection. Their witness and testimony to Jesus’ post-death appearances make it abundantly clear that the resurrection was a primary object of the apostolic proclamation from Christianity’s very beginning.'

    This view then means that it is not important whether Jesus is still dead in a tomb or not, just that you believe that He rose." (see here)
  • The ELCA's page on “Satan” tells us that believing or not believing in Satan is a-okay. See here.

The ELCA took down these teaching webpages, but Exposing the ELCA has extensive evidence which shows that the ELCA leadership continues to believe, teach and allow these same heretical beliefs. 

 

News & Notes
 


Nearly 30.9 percent of ELCA churches reported an average worship attendance of fewer than 50 people in 2012. From 2002 to 2012, average weekly worship attendance dropped 28.9 percent. And from 2009 to 2012, ELCA membership decreased 14.7 percent, according to ELCA Research and Evaluation.” (see here)

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Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (WELCA) is experiencing financial problems.

October 19/20/2013

The executive board approved a budget for FY2014 that reflects a decrease in expected offerings and Thankofferings. 'Despite the creative, engaging and energetic stewardship and development efforts led by staff and spearheaded by the churchwide executive board, income continues to decline,' noted Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director. 'In adopting the FY2014 budget, the board made difficult choices that will re-sult in reduced programmatic and communication opportunities for the coming year.'

The board also approved a proposed budget for FY2015, to be sent to the Ninth Triennial Convention for its consideration, which reflects a similar decrease. 'Unless significant changes occur on the revenue side, we will likely face some sort of staffing cuts in 2015,' Bushkofsky noted. A reduction in staffing occurred in 2003 (from 30 to 21) and again in 2009 (from 21 to 12).” (read here)

 

Quotes
 

"Always preach in such a way that if the people listening do not come to hate their sin, they will instead hate you." ~ Martin Luther



God's Word
 

If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. Because you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world therefore the world hates you. - John 15:19 (NRSV)

 

Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him in your house and do not give him a greeting: for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deed. - 2 John 1:9-11

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