Revival groups remain in the Lutheran Church but have their own dynamics. An explainer for those outside Finland.
The mainline EKD loses 2.9% of its membership in only one year. For the first time, the figure exceeds the number of deaths of members.
The mainline Reformed Church in the Canton of Vaud was the last to adopt a new marriage rite. The position of the theologically evangelical minority inside the Swiss Reformed Church was defeated again.
Neo-paganist and humanist movements find their place as a reaction to Christianity. Migrants have changed the landscape of a country in which most are still registered as Lutherans.
After a request to change the “ministerial recognition rules”, the denomination opens a hearing process on all levels. “Feelings run deep, and each of us is seeking to be faithful to Christ”.
John Stevens leads the FIEC, one of the church groups escaping the negative trend: “The gospel alone is God’s power for salvation, it is not surprising that faithful churches are growing”.
Megan Rohrer was accused of racism and is under a disciplinary investigation of the ELCA.
The proposal passed with 274 votes in favour and 136 against. It states that no minister will be forced to participate. Opponents said the decision “is not biblical”.
A majority of regional presbyteries of the Church of Scotland are ready to approve the draft law in May.
The new 'progressive Christianity', which is in reality a regression to a pagan Gnosticism which uses the words of Christianity, also has other characteristics apart from the misuse of language.
The churches leaving the Reformed Church of America say “it is important to affirm that the Bible is God’s written Word and those who follow Jesus live under the Bible’s authority”.
Svenska kyrkan, the largest Lutheran denomination in Europe, holds elections on Sunday. Many are increasingly frustrated that “non-believing politicians wish to be elected to the General Synod of a church whose beliefs they don’t share”.
Large mainline denominations that have adapted their theology to the LGBT ideologies have accelerated their loss of membership: 7 cases in 4 countries.
The EPUdF approved same-sex marriage in 2015. Since then, some churches have left the denomination.
The bishop will oversee 200 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America congregations in California and Nevada. “God’s fabulous love is never limited by the opinions or legislation of others”, says Megan Rohrer.
It is the first Norwegian denomination outside of The Church of Norway that condemns attitudes and actions that have inflicted violations, injuries and suffering on LGBT people.
In this new religion, it is sinful to be told that your desires are sinful. The Good News has been changed from ‘you must be born again’, to ‘God accepts you just as you are’.
Methodist Evangelicals Together responded by calling for the biblical definition of marriage to be maintained. The report will be presented at the Methodist Conference in June.
A survey among members of the EKD mainline church confirms the advance of theological liberalism.
Christ's view of sexuality was the same as that of the Old Testament.
Key Anglican leaders in the UK call for a “better relationship” with the global evangelical movement Gafcon.
The narrative is straightforward. They are the victims. They have been damaged by ‘conservative theology’ and they are going to change us evangelicals so that we accept their position.
The moves could see the Confession being removed, replaced or changed in as little as 5 years - a significant development for the minority group of evangelicals who remain in Scotland’s national Kirk.
Rationalism and its corresponding Protestant theology, Higher Criticism (or Historical Criticism), have created a theological and spiritual desert condemning European Protestantism to complete irrelevance.
The group left the Episcopal Church Brazil because of its “revisionist theology” and has been welcomed into the global conservative movement Gafcon.