‘You Touch Me and Set Me on Fire’: Student Performs in Drag in ELCA’s Luther Seminary Chapel.

Anders Nelson, who is in his final year of studies and desires to enter into the ministry, performed at the Luther Seminary in Minnesota, the largest seminary of the apostate Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), in drag in the Olson Campus Center chapel as part of the annual “Lip Sync Battle” held at the location.

Nelson, wearing a long blonde wig and a very short pink dress, danced to the song “Baby, I’m Burnin’” by Dolly Parton.

During the second verse of the song, Nelson grabbed a fan reflect the song’s “burning” theme, shaking his hips, which drew laughter from the crowd. After kicking his legs up into the air, he later made his way down through the pews to entertain some of those present up-close. One man in the front began to clap along as others laughed. The audience cheered at the end of the performance.

Some commented under Nelson’s video that the performance was “awesome,” “amazing” and “a powerful witness to God’s goodness, abundance and joy,”

“I can assure you that the Triune God is present here at Luther Seminary,” he wrote. “I can also assure you that amateur drag performances aren’t the only thing happening here; we witness to the abundant grace and love of God through our studies and service.”

One Lutheran pastor, R. Daniel Carlson, then replied to Nelson with exhortation, pointing to Deuteronomy 22:5, which states that it is an abomination to the Lord for a man to wear a woman’s garment.

“Do you presume to know more than God? Do you think the Lord has changed His mind?” he asked. “Be holy! Humble yourself before the Lord and do not insult Him by answering the liar’s question ‘Did God really say …’ with ‘No He didn’t, or at least He didn’t mean it.’ Pursue holiness and godliness, and do not follow the patterns of this world.”

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