Recently, this Nadia Bolz-Weber character has been in the news a lot. She’s a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is covered in tattoos and apparently likes to say words old white guys don’t like.
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The latter two things are issues I really don’t care about. As one who is theologically conservative, I do take issue with a woman being a pastor, as pastors/elders/bishops (all the same Greek word) are to be men, as per several Biblical passages. That’s probably where her theology starts crumbling in the first place.
Tom Brock, another Lutheran pastor, says he thumbed through Bolz-Weber’s book recently. Here’s what he first had to say.
I flipped through her new book and she repeatedly uses the “f” word, referring to the 12 disciples as a “bunch of “f” ups”.
As I’ve already established, I really don’t care about that part. But here’s where things get seriously shaky. He quotes from the book.
“And just to be clear: The cross is not about God as divine child abuser sadly sending his little boy off to be killed because we were bad and well, somebody had to pay.”
He then correctly contrasts this with 1 Corinthians 15:3.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures.”
And for more context, let’s see just how important this is just a few verses later in 1 Corinthians 15:17.
“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.”
That’s kind of a big deal.
Of course, the ELCA (note that I don’t have a problem with all Lutherans, but I’ll call out BS when it should be) doesn’t exactly have the most Scripturally-sound track record in the world.
But this is still a big deal.
Like a lot.