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Is it sinful to drink undiluted wine? A Baptist is telling me that it is sinful to drink wine that is not diluted with at least three parts water to one part wine. He claims all wine was diluted in biblical times. This seems strange since Isaiah 1:22 seems to speak of diluted wine in a negative sense.

Wine was often diluted in biblical times because water was not abundant in some places or of the best quality. While Christians today can certainly follow an Old Testament custom or practice if they like, it is not sinful if they do not. There are no New Testament ceremonial laws. It is not sinful to Continued.

What does WELS say about baptism?

“We believe that also through the Sacrament of Baptism the Holy Spirit applies the gospel to sinners, giving them new life (Titus 3:5) and cleansing them from all sin (Acts 2:38). The Lord points to the blessing of Baptism when he promises, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16). We believe that Continued.

I have a question regarding cigarette smoking. Is smoking cigarettes excessively gluttony?

“Gluttony” is usually defined as “excessive eating or drinking.” “Chain smoking” might approach what your question is addressing. When it comes to the subject of smoking, Christians will want to keep in mind the fifth commandment issues of taking care of the body and health God has given them (along with being concerned about the Continued.

What is the difference between confessional Lutheran beliefs and the beliefs of Baptists?

We can only answer your question in a general way. There are between thirty and forty different kinds of Baptists in the United States alone, so they do not all believe and teach precisely the same things. But they have general traits that can be mentioned here. In most Baptist doctrinal statements there are portions Continued.

Is the WELS affiliated with Lutheran Pietism at all?

A very recent Q & A mentioned a Lutheran church body that is pietistic in nature. WELS is not affiliated with that church body. There was a Pietistic Movement in the history of the Lutheran Church and, years later, the movement’s influence was felt in the early years of our church body. If you are Continued.

I think the Bible is quiet on this topic but what is the proper way/tradition for lighting the candles placed on the altar? Also, when should the Paschal candle be lit?

You are correct in noting that the Bible does not address this topic. That puts the matter in the area of Christian freedom. This freedom recognizes that there are commonly-agreed upon practices and also local customs concerning the lighting of altar candles. I do not know the worship practices of your church (for example, traditional Continued.

Who, or what is "spirit", when you refer to "body, soul, and spirit"?

While there are some who believe that human beings consist of three distinct parts—body, soul and spirit—the Bible most often describes people as consisting of two parts: body and soul/spirit. The Bible most often uses “soul” and “spirit” interchangeably. Overall, the Bible uses “soul” in relationship to the body, while it uses “spirit” in a Continued.

Did Jesus really go to hell after he died? Scriptures on it...blessings.

In the Apostles’ Creed we confess about Jesus: “He descended into hell.” The scriptural basis for Jesus’ descent into hell is 1 Peter 3:18-20: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. Continued.

As an ELCA church member, will I be permitted to receive Communion in a WELS church?

When you attend a Holy Communion service in a WELS church, you might read something like the following in the church bulletin: “The Lord’s Supper, or Holy Communion, will be celebrated in today’s service. The Bible teaches us that Jesus offers us his body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins in the Lord’s Continued.

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