Hello folks. I am currently considering Lutheranism as it looks line it may be more in line with what Scripture/Church history teaches about the sacraments, salvation by faith alone (Catholicism is out of the question), and a few other things. However the two largest Lutheran bodies are the ELCA and LCMS. I am at a bit of a crossroads here with the two denominations as with the LCMS, I disagree with their stance on creation as I do not hold to YEC and lean towards an old earth, but don’t see it as a major issue. However, I find the ELCA to also problematic as the denomination seems more liberal and Unscriptural, such as there stances on marriage and abortion (I am a traditionalist in these matters).
I am wondering if there are any Lutherans in here that have struggled with this decision in finding a church. How did you go about this process? For those in the ELCA and LCMS respectively, how did you find a church where you could fellowship with others with the views you hold? Have you run into any issues?