The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has defrocked the openly gay pastor of Atlanta's oldest Lutheran church.
But the Rev. Bradley Schmeling said he's going nowhere -- and members of the church, St. John's Lutheran, are standing behind their pastor. The president of the congregation said of the ECLA's action, “For us, it means nothing.” A showdown between the Atlanta church and the national denomination is likely.
43For they loved the approval and the praise and the glory that come from men [instead of and] more than the glory that comes from God. [They valued their credit with men more than their credit with God.]
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