John 3:21

John 3:21
"It is the nature of all hypocrites and false prophets to create a conscience where there is none, and to cause conscience to disappear where it does exist." Martin Luther

Friday, May 7, 2010

Tanzania Lutherans Reject Aid From 'ELCA' Churches


By Fredrick Nzwili and Kevin Eckstrom
Religion News Service
NAIROBI (RNS/ENI) The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania says it will not accept money or help from groups that allow or support the legalization of same-sex marriages.
"Those in same-sex marriages, and those who support the legitimacy of such marriage, shall not be invited to work in the ELCT," says a statement posted to the church's Web site on April 29. "We further reject their influence in any form, as well as their money and their support."
Church officials referred Ecumenical News International to the presiding bishop of the church, the Rev. Alex Malasusa, but neither he nor the ELCT general secretary Brighton Kilewa could be reached.
The statement comes in advance of the 70-million strong Lutheran World Federation assembly in Stuttgart, Germany, from July 20-27, where homosexuality is expected to be a divisive issue.
"This church affirms that love is the essence of a relationship between two people who live, or who want to live, together in marriage," the church statement said. "But, with regard to married spouses, this is the love between two people of the opposite sex." The Tanzanian church is the world's second-largest Lutheran body after the Church of Sweden, which last October deeply angered Lutherans in Africa by allowing the celebration of same-sex marriages.
Last summer, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America lifted restrictions on non-celibate gay clergy, and approved a broad local option for congregations that want to bless same-sex relationships.
ELCA Presiding Bishop Mark Hanson, said he expects to have "honest and open conversations" when he hosts Malasusa at ELCA headquarters in Chicago on May 18. Hanson said the "the ELCA's shared commitment ... to be engaged in God's mission for the sake of the world" remains unchanged.
The Rev. Rafael Malpica Padilla, executive director of the ELCA's Global Mission department, told ELCA News Service that the ELCA has promised sister churches that it will "continue to be respectful of local policies and practices" when assigning U.S. missionaries overseas.

3 comments:

John said...

Sorry, but I have no interest in Tanzania's views on homosexuality. Definitely not when they continue their immoral and fascist laws against homosexuals such as life imprisonment. Their country's hatred has no influence on my Christian faith.

Bruce said...

The views of Tanzania, the country, or the Tanzanian Lutheran Church, John? I think we can all agree that the East German government was evil and inflicted harm on its own people in a hateful manner, but the faithful Christians who endured persecution in that country eventually helped liberate it in 1989. Would you have equated the East German Christians with the actions of their government?

How is this different? If the Tanzanian government is "immoral and fascist" does that mean that Tanzanian Lutherans endorse and participate in the crimes of their government?

Stephen Johansson said...

It's not surprising that John has no interest on Tanzania's views on homosexuality. We've learned since the Assembly that the majority of Pro ELCA folks have no interest in anyone's views if they are non white. Listening to the ELCA talk diversity is like listening to Bill Clinton talk about faithfulness in marriage. The ELCA has decided to allign themselves with the Swedish and Canadian churches and reject the rest of global Christianity. SO much for "inclusion."