A new, anti-gay Lutheran church body will hold their first Carolinas convention in Hickory this weekend, the Hickory Daily Record reports.
The North American Lutheran Church’s general secretary, Rev. John Bradosky, spoke with the paper on LGBT inclusion efforts within the larger Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, efforts that prompted many congregations to leave that body and join the NALC.
The paper reports:
“When we allow people to say, ‘God made me this way,’ instead of accepting that they have made a lifestyle choice, then we’re shifting responsibility for behavior away from the individual and saying, ‘This is God’s doing, not mine.’”
“Then we can say, ‘This comes from God; therefore, it must be an honorable, exemplary lifestyle and should be blessed.’ But if the church blesses the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered) lifestyle, then it must also bless those relationships. One follows the other.”
“As soon as you open the door to that,” Rev. Bradosky said, “then you don’t need to pay any attention to any of the Commandments. Lutherans can spot duplicity when they see it; and it is duplicitous of a church to just change the rules. We challenge people to know better than that.”
“The whole matter goes to the issue of integrity. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace, but the church must hold pastors accountable, too. The Gospel is shared on the basis of trust and respect; those judgments are important in deciding who will lead the church.”
“We can’t say one thing in the church for centuries and then just change things around, because a group of people come along and apply political pressure,” he said.