Conforming to the Culture

The Evangelical Lutheran Church moves another step closer to making itself irrelevant:

At its Churchwide Assembly in early August, the ELCA okayed a plan to update the 1978 Lutheran Book of Worship by eliminating the “Father” terminology and male pronouns used in reference to God. The hymnal overhaul will include other gender-neutralizing and diversity-affirming changes to traditional Lutheran worship lyrics and liturgies as well. For example, in the Lutheran Creed, God and Jesus will now be referred to as “Holy Eternal Majesty” and “Holy Incarnate Word” instead of “Father” and “Son.”

No doubt the majority of the people behind these moves to “modernize” mainstream Christian churches are well-meaning folks who truly think a breath of “fresh air” will help the church better relate to people in the 21st century. What they fail to see is that by conforming to the culture, they no longer offer anything that people can’t get from the culture already.

That said, I also have no doubt that there are others within the ELCA and other mainline denominations who understand full well that they’re destroying the church they profess to love.

Frankly, I’d rather stay in bed on Sunday morning than be subjected to watered-down hymns and grade school theology based on tossing out any part of the Bible that doesn’t sync with the Spirit of the Age.

Call me sack-religious.


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