FALLBROOK - Christ The King Lutheran Church (CTK) in Fallbrook, led by Pastor Phil Tukua and Pastor Mark Johnson, has voted to withdraw from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and join the Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC), which currently has 402 congregations throughout America and eight other countries. The LCMC has a global mission thrust as well as an evangelical emphasis.
The members of CTK, with only 13 opposing, felt that the ELCA current non biblical approach to blessing same sex relationships and allowing gays and lesbians in committed relationships to serve as clergy was clearly a move against the Scriptures and undermines God’s plan for families and the institution of marriage.
“We are all sinners, and all broken, and we all need Christ,” noted Pastor Phil Tukua. “At Christ The King we accept all people in a loving atmosphere. But we’re all called to repentance and put our trust in Christ.” The pastors at CTK are quick to mention that, although the Bible teaches that the practice of homosexuality is a sin, they are not opposed to the sinner as a person, but the sin they are committing. They believe that a sinner is saved by the Grace of God through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and subsequent Resurrection. Once we acknowledge Him as Savior we must work to put aside our sins, no matter what they may be and strive to live holy lives. This can only be done with the help of God – He gives us the power to turn from our sins.
Christ The King Lutheran, at 1620 S. Stage Coach Lane, is a church that upholds the Word of God as living and powerful and able to change lives. For further information please access the Web site: http://ctklc-fallbrook.org or call the church at (760) 728-3256.