Eaton’s Elephant

ELCA Bishop Elizabeth Eaton (NE Ohio) frets over the deficit in her synod. She asks: Are laity redirecting their giving out of “principled or punitive” reasons? And further:

“What do we do? Compete with the mega-churches? Jettison the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed to be more accessible? Preach a ‘health and wealth’ gospel that promises people their ‘best life now’? Rescind every action of every churchwide assembly since 1988?”

ELCA leaders refuse to look at the elephant in the room: The problem is not “the people.” The problem is that ELCA leaders have sold their Reformation heritage for a mess of pottage.

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