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.
My son has been struggling at our WELS school for a few years. His teacher is good. He just doesn't fit in. We are trying to decide if we should send him to public school instead. I am worried that making this choice will hurt him, as I am a faithful believer in the benefits of a Christian education. However, he is so unhappy. Our pastor isn't very approachable, and the teacher/principal has tried and is a good guy, but it just isn't working for my son. Any advice?
I am sorry, but I would really need answers to quite a few questions before I might be able to pass along any meaningful, practical advice. Questions like: How old is your son? How long has he been a student in the WELS school? In what way(s) does your son feel like he does not Continued.
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
I was baptized WELS 29 years ago. My husband was not born WELS, but is a giant history buff, and there are things he sees and points out in out services, traditions, and symbols that even have me questioning why we do them. One such thing is the Christogram (XR) we use on our hymnals, among other things. I know this is a shortened version of "Christ" but not particularly Jesus Christ. I know that this was used in Catholicism. Also, more importantly, it was a sign used (even dreamed up?) by Constantine, to put on their shields and to "go forth and conquer" in this sign. My question is, aside from it being the first two letters of Christ, why is it still used in our Lutheran churches?
The copyright page of Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal offers this information: “The logo for this hymnal is a version of the Chi-Rho, a symbol for Christ. In the Greek language these are the first letters of the name Christ. He is the center of our faith and worship, our prayers, our praise and thanksgiving. Continued.
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.
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.
Why did God create the universe? I am struggling with understanding God’s motivation with creating us and the world. I know understanding God is a tall task. I am hoping for some explanation from the Bible as to why God created us. My sinful nature keeps me coming back to the answer that this world is some strange experiment of God’s or that he was bored. I know this is not the case because God already knows all of history. But I don’t have any other biblical truth to show insight to God’s reasoning.
We can rule out boredom or loneliness as reasons for God creating this world and the people who inhabit it. The Bible states: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served Continued.