If a spouse breaks the marriage bond through unfaithfulness (Matthew 19:9) or malicious desertion (1 Corinthians 7:15), the other spouse is in a position to have a court of law recognize that the marriage bond has been broken.
Hi. I'll get right to it. My brother-in-law passed away recently. My wife reached out to my church. My brother-in-law believed in God but was not a member. So the pastor was polite but declined to do the funeral, saying he couldn't attest to his character. My wife was highly offended by this. She asked, why does the church seem to snub its nose at people who are not members? Now she is leaving WELS. She says she'll talk to the pastor but only to say that she's leaving.
I can assure you that the church does not look down on people who are not members. The church is interested in reaching out to people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let me try to address your situation this way. Our pastors generally officiate at the funerals of church members and also non-members from Continued.
A particular WELS social media group recently posted an article regarding "The Wartburg Project." The Wartburg Project is a 501(c)(3) parasynodical organization that consists of WELS/ELS pastors and professors that are united in fellowship and working on producing a new Bible translation called Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV). The website explains that this is another translation/revision where Hebrew and Greek texts and templates are being used as references. Why do we need another translation? Is WELS moving toward EHV? What is wrong with the NIV? Thank you so much for your time.
Much has been written recently about your questions. There is an entire section on the WELS Resource Center on the topic of Bible translations. This link will take you there. WELS has never had an official Bible translation. We have used NIV84 for years in our publications, but with the introduction of NIV11 (2011), Zondervan Continued.
Our church has an early childhood program serving about 50 plus children. Recently a parent asked that their son be excused from the classroom when prayers are being said. Our literature given to all parents at enrollment states our beliefs and procedures. The program has children sponsored by state agencies so we do receive government money but have not changed any policy as a result of these children nor have we been asked to. We suspect the parent may be Muslim but has not given that as a basis for the exclusion. Our question is: are we required to comply with the request ? If the child is excused, we will have to provide an adult to be with the child while he is out of the classroom.
If the handbook for your congregation’s early childhood program is typical of other, similar programs in our church body, there is information in the parents’ handbook that addresses this situation. Handbooks typically state that when parents who do not belong to the congregation enroll their children in our programs, they submit to the stated policies. Continued.
Christian ethics question: when what God says conflicts with federal marriage laws and abortion laws, would it be OK that a Christian taking the oath of office just lie and say he will uphold those laws that conflict with what he knows God says? Or, should he not seek offices where he will be expected to disregard what God says when it conflicts with laws of the United States?
Lying under oath is not an option. When we use God as our witness to assure people we are telling the truth but lie instead, we break God’s second commandment (Exodus 20:5). (See also Leviticus 19:12.) When it comes to Christians serving in government positions, we want to keep in mind that Christians live in Continued.
A few months ago, I graduated from a Christian college where I was surrounded by like-minded Christians and was able to freely talk about my faith. After deciding to take a year off, I had to find a full-time job to support myself. I found a decent job, but often find myself in great fear/anxiety about truly showing my faith. I've talked it over with a few family members and friends and they've talked about living by example. While I know that we only have "control" over ourselves and what we say and do, aren't we also to use the Word to teach, rebuke, and train in righteousness? Is simply living "by example" enough for our Christian faith to be known? Is there some easy way to let our faith be known without "soliciting" or "imposing" on others?
Fear and anxiety in showing our faith can result from different factors. There can be the fear of ridicule and verbal persecution. There can be the anxiety of wondering whether I will be able to come up with a response if someone asks me a question about the Bible or the Christian faith. Since I Continued.
If you are looking for Bible verses that state that Jesus Christ is God, here are some: Matthew 1:22-23 – “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).” Continued.
I previously asked if the land of Israel belongs to the Jews. You stated that the Bible does not provide any evidence for or against this question. However, Genesis 12:7 seems to contradict your assertion. Can you provide additional background on the meaning and context of this verse? Thank you in advance!
Genesis 12:7 reflects two promises that the Lord gave Abram: that he would have offspring and that his offspring would, one day, live in the land of Canaan. Because God always speaks the truth (Numbers 23:19), those were not idle words. God fulfilled his promises: giving Abram offspring and giving the promised land to his Continued.
How can our pastors be trained to focus on our doctrine without seeming to "bad mouth" other denominations? My daughter and family have left WELS partly in response to denigration of other denominations. Having come from a non-Lutheran background myself forty plus years ago, I understand her concerns. I have had moments over the years of seeing WELS Lutherans as self-righteous. Along with this, how can we follow the teachings of Luther without seeming to worship or elevate him? My children asked me once when young whether we were Lutherans or Christians. That was a red flag to me. Thank you.
Our pastors are trained to “speak the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15). That includes speaking about others and other church bodies. Since I do not have personal knowledge of what the pastors in your question might have said and how they said it, all I can do is offer a general response. Pointing out error Continued.
Hi, I have a question that I've been ashamed to ask a pastor in person. I've been living with guilt for the past few years, and it's gotten to a point where it's controlling my life and my emotions. Reason being: I've been dating someone for eight years, but in the beginning of my relationship I cheated on him. I know he would never do that to me. I also know I would now never do that to him. I have not yet accepted Christ into my heart, but I'm working on it. Once and if God forgives me, will he be able to wipe off my guilt? Also, is "adultery" in the Bible only referred to as cheating in a marriage? Or also a relationship? I'm afraid of the consequences, even though I have proven to God that I've changed through repentance, and actions. Lastly, I have not told my boyfriend because I know he will not forgive me, and I don't want to lose him. Please do not make me consider this option because I will not do it. I don't want to lose him for something I did in the past, knowing I am a completely different person now. What should I do? Best regards.
To begin with, the Bible teaches that we cannot accept Christ into our hearts. By nature, all people are enemies of God because of sin and unbelief (Romans 8:7), spiritually blind to the truths of God’s word (Acts 26:17-18) and spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1). People naturally lack the power and desire to approach God in Continued.
Is it OK to pray for death? My life is pointless and without meaning. My kids are older and my wife is self-sufficient. I have no reason to stay alive but won't take it myself. Is it a sin to pray for God to end my life and take me away from here?
I do have to say that I am very concerned about your question and your situation. While I am relieved to read that you recognize and intend to keep God’s fifth commandment, which includes forbidding self-harm, I am troubled to read that you believe your life is “pointless and without meaning.” This question and answer Continued.
In our church, laymen assist the pastor in distributing the Communion bread and wine. Are there reasons why women can't assist the pastor with Communion?
You might be interested to know that your question is asked and answered in a Northwestern Publishing House publication: A Bible Study on Man and Woman in God’s World. The question and answer follow: “It is clear that the Lord’s Supper should be administered by the pastor or by a man authorized by the congregation Continued.