What I’m saying is that the ELCA has been an established Christian Lutheran denomination for decades. And, it is the largest Lutheran denomination. That’s mainline.
The fact they’ve fallen in their beliefs and practices makes them unfit in God’s eyes, and the eyes of those such as us who follow God’s Word. But they can still be classified as a mainline denomination. They just ain’t Christian anymore...
I agree with you on this issue. What I am saying is that mainline Protestants, all denominations or at least most of them, have fallen away from Christian teachings, and not just recently.
The problem is more with the leadership than with the people in the pew, IMO.