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(CNN) For canada goose outlet more than two decades, the canada goose parka outlet uk Rev. R. Guy Erwin couldn officially be a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. On Friday, he was elected a bishop.Erwin election signals a shift canada goose vest outlet not only for the ELCA the nation seventh largest church but also for American Christianity. Only one other mainline Protestant denomination, the Episcopal Church, has elected openly gay and lesbian bishops.”In these days such milestones seem to be coming at an ever faster rate, Erwin told CNN, eventually canada goose outlet store near me what seems revolutionary now will seem normal and predictable. more than 4 million members in 10,000 congregations, the ELCA is the largest of several Lutheran denominations in the canada goose outlet in uk United States. The ELCA decision to allow gay clergy has strained ties between those denominations, some of canada goose outlet in toronto whom have partnered for relief work.ELCA is a church that canada goose outlet store quebec belongs to canada goose outlet us Christ, and there is a place for all here, said church spokeswoman Melissa Ramirez canada goose outlet mall Cooper. election of Pastor Erwin illustrates what canada goose womens outlet many in the 4 million member church believe that God calls each of us by name.”The ELCA lifted its ban on openly gay, partnered clergy in 2009, clearing the way for pastors like Erwin, but angering conservatives. By some estimates, some 600 congregations have since left the ELCA for more conservative churches.The Rev. W. Stevens Shipman, director of the Lutheran Coalition for Renewal, said the canada goose uk ELCA is canada goose outlet ottawa not keeping promises it made in 2009 to respect the views canada goose outlet new york of churches and individuals who regard homosexuality as a sin. His election took place an annual three day assembly in Woodland Hills, California.Erwin, who was ordained a pastor in 2011, played down his election as the ELCA first openly gay bishop. But acknowledged that his very “existence” was a symbol for broader acceptance.”The work of a bishop in our church is to lift up the church message of grace and peace in the wider society, to administer the church work in our area, and to teach and preach,” Erwin said in an e mail to CNN. “In this canada goose victoria parka outlet regard, the sexual orientation of the bishop may not be very important.”Still, the bishop elect said, “The very fact I exist will be a signal to others that GLBT folks are respected and have a full place in our church.” Erwin is alsopart Osage Indian and is active in the Osage Indian Nation, according to the ELCA.Erwin’s election symbolizes a noticeable change for a church that once banned clergy who were in canada goose outlet kokemuksia same sex relationships, said Ross Murray, director of news and Faith initiatives at GLAAD.Prior to the 2009 change, “hundreds of gay and lesbian clergy were forced out of congregations or served under secrecy,” Murray said.”Dr. Erwin demonstrates how far the ECLA has come with LGBT inclusion,” said Murray in an e mail to CNN. “He could not have been ordained just four years ago, and now he is a leader canada goose outlet vancouver for the church. It makes me proud as a gay man, and as a Lutheran.”Although the ELCA church did not allow clergy in same sex relationships while he was attending seminary, Erwin said that he “always believed that this would someday be possible.”Erwin also said the church 2009 canada goose outlet hong kong change in policy was more of a of God work than a of something new. has long been a board member of canada goose outlet germany Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries, a Lutheran group that advocates for the 130 openly gay Lutheran clergy who are members.Amalia Vagts, the group’s executive director, said Erwin’s election was an “amazing day” for openly gay and lesbian Lutherans.”This is a powerful message for LGBT people everywhere that the Lutheran church welcomes them,” Vagts said in an e mail.also, this passage has nothing at all to canada goose outlet montreal do with apostasy. Paul is speaking of sinful humanity (Gentiles) not having an intimate buy canada goose uk knowledge of His canada goose outlet online saving grace, not having had the gospel revealed to them as the Jews had, yet having a knowledge of God revealed by His creation. In other words they were able to look around and see His handiwork in creation and know canada goose outlet in new york instinctively that they were part of His creation and yet willfully official canada goose outlet refused to believe in canada goose outlet washington dc Him. Therefore He judicially hardened their hearts and blinded them so their horrible sins would not be apparent to them. read the chapter from the beginning so that you get the full context of what he is saying.ELCA is a church that belongs to Christ, and there is a place for all here, said church spokeswoman Melissa Ramirez Cooperyou love Me, keep My commandments. John 14:15, NKJVdespite the claims here by this church, they do not belong to goose outlet canada Christ, and canada goose outlet houston they are an apostate church. if in fact they did truly love Him they would keep His commandments. they are in open rebellion against God and their claims are false.For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what canada goose outlet florida is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. Romans 1:26 27Erwin also said the church 2009 change in policy was more of a of God work than a of something new. of God work this is so patently false and evil it does not even merit comment.of something new. apostasy is not new, it has been attacking the church since it foundation.of false prophets, who come to you in sheep clothing, but inwardly canada goose parka outlet they are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15, NKJV our Lord aptly prophesied concerning the antichrist to come.But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive canada goose outlet phone number heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 2 Peter 2:1 2well you are absolutely correct Doris in that our law does not depend on Paul, nor does it depend on Peter or any man. It depends on God and is God governmental dealing with mankind in this age and it is in His loving mercy and love so that total anarchy does not reign; this is not to be confused with judgment day aka the Day of the Lord. (he makes the rain and sun shine on the wicked as well as the righteous). As for Paul divine inspiration in His epistles there can be no mistake, you calling him a liar will be canada goose outlet reviews credited to your account. In both of Peter epistles he starts out with encouragement to God elect in the Jews and from there continues edifying all the Jewish Christians in the Mediterranean.Sorry your opinion is in the minority on this. From what I seen, most NT scholars that give good reasons why Peter 2 canada goose factory outlet vancouver is not from Peter are Christians. But hey I know you quite comfortable with calling out other Christians as phonies. This is not an unusual Christian trait.

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