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I have been married for twenty years. My husband I have been experiencing intimacy issues for the past fifteen years. Can you please send me the biblical references that talk about married couples withholding sex from one another as being wrong? I am too embarrassed to ask our pastor. Thank you.

1 Corinthians 7:1-5 addresses your question. As uncomfortable as you might imagine it to be to talk to your pastor about this, I encourage you to speak to him. He has the scriptural resources that are helpful for you and your husband. If such a conversation is not possible, you might want to consider the Continued.

Did people who died before Jesus died on the cross go to heaven if they had faith?

Yes. Enjoying salvation is matter of trusting in the Savior who was going to come into the world (in the case of Old Testament believers) or trusting in the Savior who has come into the world (in the case of New Testament believers). It made no difference if people lived and died before Jesus carried Continued.

How old is the earth? I've heard a few numbers.

No precise number is available. Biblical chronologies—and they are incomplete—suggest that God created the world within the past 6,000 to 10,000 years. Of course, God created a fully mature world, so objects had age at the very beginning of time.

I recently received a letter of peaceful release and termination of membership. Are there any guidelines for letters to submit for their release? A proper procedure in handling this matter is what I guess I am in need of.

As I am not entirely sure what information you are seeking, I’ll try to cover both sides of such a letter: the sender and the receiver. If individuals wish to leave one of our congregations and join a church outside our fellowship, membership cannot be transferred. Membership transfers take place only among congregations of our Continued.

Thank you for your Q&A site. It is a valuable resource for understanding the truth of God’s word. A recent posting (“Election and salvation”) indicated that God’s desire that all be saved (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9) and God’s election to salvation (Ephesians 1:3-14) when taken together constitute a mystery that human minds cannot comprehend. But a general desire by God for the salvation of all need not be in conflict with God’s specific actions on election, even to a human mind. For example, they might be reconciled as follows: 1. God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) by living perfect and holy lives (Matthew 5:48), but unfortunately none do (Romans 3:23). 2. So God sent His Son Jesus into the world to so that people could be saved by believing in Him (John 3:16; Romans 3:24). 3. God wants all people to be saved (1 Timothy 2:4) by believing in Jesus of their own free will (Matthew 23:37a), but unfortunately none do (Matthew 23:37b; 1 Corinthians 2:14). 4. So God sends His Spirit into the world to build faith in the hearts of those he elects (1 Corinthians 12:3; Ephesians 1:3-14) in order to build His church on earth. Do you see a problem with this interpretation? Thanks again.

Thank you for your kind words. I have no problem with people having a better grasp of the Bible’s mysteries than I do. We can always grow in our knowledge of the Bible and our Christian faith (2 Peter 3:18). You certainly are correct in noting that people fail to live holy lives that God Continued.

Please explain the meaning of the words in the Lord's Prayer that say "Thy kingdom come" so younger children will have an understanding of it. Thank you!

Allow me to pass along this meaning from The Simplified Catechism. “Your kingdom come. This Means God’s kingdom is all the people who believe that Jesus died to save them. God puts people in his kingdom even when we don’t pray. God wants us to pray that we will always believe in Jesus and that Continued.

My question is about tithing. I'm running across people who seem to think that if you tithe that God will bless you generously in a financial way. They cite Malachi 3. I've read it, and it appears to say what they say it says. What does WELS say?

Tithing, in general, was the subject of the question asked and answered in the June 2017 “Light for our path” column in Forward in Christ. This link will take you to that column. Regarding your specific question, God’s people had not been giving back to him as he had instructed them. Were the people thinking Continued.

What resources does WELS provide or suggest for a parent of a child struggling with homosexual tendencies?

I can provide you with links to three different kinds of resources. This first link is to a number of articles from Christian Life Resources, an agency within WELS. The articles range from news pieces to scriptural commentaries. This second link is to an area of this web site where a couple of parents write Continued.

How does Genesis 2:7 prove immortality of the soul? It clearly says the man became a living soul; not that he had a living soul. All people, all living souls, sin. Ezekiel 18:4 says the soul that sins dies. Thanks.

Genesis 2:7 speaks of God giving life to Adam, just as God had given life to animals and birds (Genesis 1:30). Where Adam and Eve differed from the animal life around them, of course, was that they consisted of body and soul. Scripture passages like Ecclesiastes 12:7; Matthew 10:28; Matthew 16:26; 2 Corinthians 5:6-9; Revelation Continued.

Is it OK to look at half-naked people on television, in pictures, and in videos?

I would ask, “How do those images affect you?” Visuals affect our hearts and minds. The kind of images in your question are going to appeal to our sinful nature. That explains why Jesus said in the sermon on the mount: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I Continued.

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