- Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
“Since human beings are fallible, the innocent have been executed in the past and will inevitably be executed in the future. Death is a different punishment from any other; the execution of an innocent person is a mistake we cannot correct.
It is because of this church’s concern regarding the actual use of the death penalty that we oppose its imposition.”
Churchwide Assembly meeting, Orlando, Florida, Aug. 28-Sep. 4, 1991
“The Evangelical Lutheran Church [ELCA] in America was formed over 20 years ago. This new church was formed from three separate and well-established North American church bodies:
* The American Lutheran Church
* The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and
* The Lutheran Church in America.
Beginning January 1, 1988, these churches, with shared beliefs and missions, officially formed the ELCA.”
“History of the ELCA,” www.elca.org (accessed July 29, 2008)
“Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.
We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.”
“Statements of Belief,” www.elca.org (accessed July 29, 2008)
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