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Hispanic Pastors Respond to 2009 Churchwide Assembly Decisions
Hispanic ELCA rostered leaders of the Florida-Bahamas Synod


We have received with profound sadness the ELCA Churchwide Assembly decision of passing a Social Statement on Human Sexuality which significantly changes the historical teaching and practice of the Church on Sexuality. We have also read with great disappointment and grave concern the changing of our ministry standards, allowing non-celibate homosexual pastors, associates in ministry, diaconal ministers, and deaconesses to serve as rostered leaders in the ELCA.

We, Hispanic ELCA rostered leaders of the Florida-Bahamas Synod, REPUDIATE these new policies, declaring them to be incompatible with Christian teaching, the tradition of the Christian Church, and our consciences. As Martin Luther did in his own day, we reject the idea that ANY human being, prelate, council, or Assembly, can rightfully vote to invalidate the teachings of Holy Scripture.

It is clear to us that the ELCA has decided to stop recognizing the Authority of the Bible, presenting a different and diluted Gospel not in accordance with the teaching of the Scriptures (Galatians 1:6-10). Therefore, we RENOUNCE the decision of the Churchwide Assembly and will continue to uphold the clear Biblical standards for marriage, family, and sexuality.

May God have Mercy on His Church.

SIGNATORIES (in alphabetical order)

  • Rev. Giacommo Cassese, PhD., Hope, Miami, FL
  • Rev. Bishop Edelmiro Cortes (Caribbean Synod, ret.), St. Cloud, FL
  • Rev. Remedios Cruz, Jesus Rey de Gloria, Hialeah, FL
  • Rev. Gilberto Falcon, Plymouth , FL
  • Mrs. Eva Gallardo, AIM, Principe de Paz, Miami , FL
  • Rev. Lenier Gallardo, D.Min., Príncipe de Paz, Miami, FL
  • Rev. Juan Gutiérrez, Loxahatchee, FL
  • Rev. Esteban Mesa, Monte de Sion, Hialeah, FL
  • Rev. Eliezer Ortiz, Lord of Life, Miami , FL
  • Rev. Eddy Perez, MD, San Pedro, Miami, FL
  • Rev. Sergio Ramos, Prince of Peace, Margate, FL