WELS Together Newsletter:
» Informal doctrinal discussions with the Missouri Synod continue
» Conference digs into developing multi-site congregations
» Ministering to Millennials
» Synodical Council holds fall 2018 meeting
» Hundreds gather to celebrate 125 years of Apache mission work
Faith Related Q and A
» Is it correct for one member to make another member who hasn't attended church in a long time (for confidential and good reasons) to feel somehow inadequate or sinful by saying to them: "I know you don't care," when in fact the opposite is true?
» My state just voted to approve recreational marijuana. I have two questions. One, is it legal for me to use it if my state says, "Yes," but my national law still says, "No"? And two, is it permissible for me to use it as a Christian knowing that God has called me to be "sober minded" and I will lose that when I get a high from it? Or, to ask it another way, is it possible to use this substance "in moderation"?
» I am wondering what the duties are for a staff minister. Also, can that position be held by a woman? Thanking you!
» What’s your position on whether Luther ever said the "Here I stand“ phrase at Worms, and whether he really nailed the 95 Theses to the Schlosskirche door on 31 October 1517? Thanks.
» I am confused about Judgement Day. So, when we die, our souls go to heaven and we are reunited with all of our loved ones. But we don't have our bodies yet? And we are judged at that time? Then, when Christ returns, the graves open and our bodies are then reunited with our souls in heaven? So, meantime we are spirits with no bodies? Then will we have to go to the the judgment all over again, or are only those left on earth judged because we have been judged when we die to enter heaven? I have heard many sermons and I am still confused. I can understand why the Roman Catholic Church developed the purgatory teaching, which I know is not true. Did that come out of the same confusion I have?
» My question is about the object of saving faith. I know it's Jesus, but a lot of Reformed say that it's accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, and accepting as Lord means to submit to Jesus’ commandments, the called Lordship salvation. Maybe I am misinterpreting, but it seems to me that it's not so different to say that salvation is faith plus law keeping, or submit to the Law. I read in Clarke’s commentary on Romans (10:9): “That if thou shalt confess, etc. - Acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as the only Savior. Believe in thy heart that he who died for thy offenses has been raised for thy justification; and depend solely on him for that justification, and thou shalt be saved." Would the confessional Lutherans agree with that definition of the object of faith? If yes, could you give me some biblical proof? Because indeed in Romans 10 Paul says to confess Jesus as Lord.
» Does God ask us all to be disciples?
» My wife and I are members of an ELCA church. She joined this church in 1998 and I joined in 2004. She was raised Lutheran while I was raised Baptist. Neither one of us understood that there were separate factions within Lutheranism and that certain beliefs were different. We have stayed with our congregation because the majority of them are like us- we believe homosexuality is a sin and that abortion is murder. Recently we have hired a pastor that is very liberal and is pushing his views on the congregation. The two of us have discussed in length that it is past time for us to find a church that is more in line with our views. The research I have done shows that a WELS congregation would most likely be a better fit for us. My question is how welcome would we be in a WELS congregation if we decide to become members? Will the congregation judge us for being members of an ELCA church? This is very important to me because I have not felt God's presence during worship for a long time and am about to stop going to church altogether.
» Does the Bible tell us (and, if so, where?) that it is wrong to marry a sibling and/or cousin? Obviously, it was permissible (and necessary) for Seth and his siblings to marry each other. Was it still OK by Abraham's time for him to marry his half-sister? What about Jacob marrying his first cousin(s)?
» How do I build faith and trust in God, rely on Him and not be afraid?
Forward in Christ
» How can I help my son grow into a godly man?
» More is caught than taught
» Raising strong, godly women
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