While such an occurrence probably isn’t anyone’s vision of what Christianity ought to be, the ELCA may have backed itself into something like this—if it adopts the sexuality recommendations regarding ordination. The losing parties will leave—officially and sooner or by cutting benevolence giving and participation and gradually drifting away either into congregationalism or to other traditions. Bigger isn’t necessarily better—or worse. Ditto for smaller. But “different” from the present system probably will become more attractive unless some new wisdom prevails very soon. Has the ELCA finally become too wrong not to fail?
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