Revisionist theologies are one in the same
Published Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I was born and raised in Waseca County. My ancestral roots are in Freeborn and Waseca counties. I request that you print the following letter in your newspaper. It addresses some of the “fairy tales” coming from some Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Synod pastors and from many of the ELCA Synod bishops. The laity needs to wake up and challenge the false teachings coming from some of these church leaders!
“A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross.” This quotation came from “The Kingdom of God in America,” published in 1937. The author was professor Dr. Helmut Richard Niebuhr, of Yale Divinity School. In his book, he criticized the “liberal social gospel”; he tried to warn America about this movement. In the 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly in Minneapolis, this revisionist theology took over the ELCA Synod.
Dr. Niebuhr’s quotation describes completely the “theology of divine acceptance” that the Rev. Scott Grorud of Hutchinson, and others, have been telling us about for the past three or four years. These revisionist theologies are one and the same.
The huge, overwhelming issue here is that this revisionist theology is not Christian! There is no “original sin”; there is no “Law”; there is no need for “repentance” and “redemption”; therefore, there is no need for a Savior (i.e. Christ) to die on the cross. The deception by most of the leaders of the ELCA and many of its pastors in keeping these facts submerged from view is absolutely unbelievable to me! How can ELCA pastors and bishops, who carry the title, “Christian,” participate in this deception, in good conscience?”
Stephen L. Langlie