Skip to comments.The ELCA and Abortion: THE FACTS
Posted on 10/17/2012 9:29:19 PM PDT by rhema
FACT! Through its health benefits plan, the ELCA will pay for any and all surgical abortion procedures through the first five months of the unborn childs life, no questions asked.
FACT! The ELCA's health benefits plan, which covers fifty thousand individuals, is self-funded. This means that instead of buying a policy created and financed by an insurance company, the ELCA has created its own policy and uses only its own financial resources to fund the plan.
FACT! Self-funding gives the ELCA maximum freedom to design and administer its plan. The ELCA has used this freedom to create an extremely unrestricted health plan in its coverage of abortion.
FACT! The money that the ELCA uses to fund its health benefits plan comes from the offering dollars contributed by its members.
FACT! Most ELCA members have not been informed that the ELCA health benefits plan covers elective abortion and therefore do not realize that their offering dollars are being used to pay for such coverage.
FACT! As long as a congregation's pastor is on the ELCA health benefits plan, its members are helping to pay for elective abortion coverage, even if they are making no other financial contributions to the ELCA.
FACT! ELCA members, as well as visitors to ELCA churches who put money into the offering plate, have the right to know that some of their offering money will be used to pay for elective abortion coverage.
FACT! The ELCA's Social Statement on Abortion does not clearly teach that abortion is sinful. Instead, contrary to Scripture and to the teachings of the Church throughout its history, the Social Statement wrongly claims that killing an unborn child in her mothers womb can even be a moral option. The ELCA uses this ambiguous and shrewdly written document to back up and justify its health benefits plans permissive coverage of abortion.
FACT! An ELCA-affiliated hospitalChrist Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinoishas not only performed late-term abortions, but has also allowed babies who have survived abortion attempts to die by not providing them any care.
FACT! George Tiller, one of the most notorious late-term abortion doctors in the country, was a member in good standing of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita, Kansas, an ELCA congregation. He gave generously to his congregation and the ELCA from the money he earned from performing these abortions.
FACT! As far as can be ascertained, Dr. Tiller was never admonished by any ELCA official; apparently neither his pastor nor his bishop had any qualms about his controversial late-term abortion business.
FACT! The ELCA does not acknowledge the great harm that abortion does to women. This is evident in the fact that the ELCA has no official ministry or policy to help post-abortive women.
FACT! According to polls, a majority of Americans are opposed to their tax dollars being used to fund abortion and to the recent HHS mandate requiring insurance plans to provide free coverage for medications that may cause abortion (such as the so-called morning-after pill). It is therefore logical to assume that a majority of ELCA members would be outraged to know that their church uses their offering dollars to pay for abortion coverage.
FACT! Every other Lutheran church body in the United States (the Missouri Synod, the Wisconsin Synod, the LCMC, the NALC, and so on) is strongly pro-life and opposed to abortion except in the extremely rare case when an abortion is an unavoidable by-product of medical procedures necessary to prevent the death of the mother.
Now that you know these facts,
IS THE ELCA THE KIND OF CHURCH YOU WANT TO BELONG TO AND FINANCIALLY SUPPORT?
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It was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mothers womb. (Psalm 139:14)
. . . Psalm 139, then, is picking up on a known thread of imagery when it compares the formation of an infant in the womb to his being woven like a tent curtain. In the womb, the Lord weaves the tent that the infant will wear until he puts it off at death. With its allusions to the "roqem" work of the tabernacle, the Psalm goes further, implying not only that God has made the infant in the womb, but also that the infant is being woven into a dwelling for God. Abortion attacks not only a creature of God but a house of God. The abortionists instruments pierce through the unfinished "roqem" curtains and tread on holy ground. We are talking here not only about slaughter of the innocent but about sacrilege, a direct attack on space claimed by God. That is the most serious offense possible. Pauls warning hovers ominously over our nation: If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy.
When we have left in tatters the tents God wove for Himself, how shall He dwell among us?
Sorry to sound uninformed but what the heck is the ELAC
elca is the liberal lutheran chuch denomination in the usa.
Lutherans who are orthodox Christians should join the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, which is opposed to abortion.
Ultrasound shows that the creature in the womb is a human baby—NOT a “piece of tissue” as the pro-aborts say!!!! That is why more and more young people are becoming anti-abortion.
When a baby is born, and receives the Holy Mysteries of Baptism and Chrismation, he/she becomes the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Thus God’s work in the womb in creating a Tabernacle for His dwelling is fulfilled.
Abortion destroys God’s Tabernacle in the making. Assisted suicide/euthanasia destroys God’s Temple.
Scripture says that God will destroy those who destroy His Holy Temple!!!! So much for Planned Parenthood, with its eugenics and Nazi-supporting history, which obama and the Dims so strenuously defend!!!!
* as of August 19, AD 2009, a liberal protestant SECT, not part of the holy, catholic and apostolic CHURCH.
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Liberal churches do not help they water down the message
We left the ELCA 20 years ago over the issue of abortion.
Yes, we are now happily Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.