It looks like the Christian church submitting to Christ. Many people today see the word “submit” suggesting a relationship in which one person dominates the other. One person is seen to be in power, while the other is seen in a subservient role. When the Bible directs people to submit, there is nothing degrading, demeaning Continued.
My grandson is starting to experience panic attacks, which also affects his father (my son) and me. My son stated yesterday that he is mad at God. He doesn't understand why God would create my grandson with this affliction as the boy has a very strong faith and unusual intelligence/compassion for his age. I always told my son that God intends great things for the boy to bless him like this. My son says that now the boy will never achieve any great things because God allowed the boy to be cursed with panic attacks and will be afraid all his life. What can I say to my son?
Created in the image of God, Adam and Eve initially enjoyed a perfect life on earth. After sin entered their world, life on earth changed for the worse. Troubles and difficulties became a part of daily life (Genesis 3:16-19). Physical death became a consequence of sin. That was true also of spiritual and eternal death. Continued.
I've read several memoirs in which the authors publicly reveal detestable acts done by their parents. However, when I look into how to approach Exodus 20:12, most Christian websites acknowledge the difficultly of this commandment, but stand by it, regardless of a parent's actions. What are your thoughts on publicly "dishonoring" one's parents by talking about terrible acts they've committed via memoir, TV interview, podcast, etc. - or even to a friend or in a therapy session? Bonus question: Should one honor both their biological and adoptive parents?
As I do not know how these parents’ detestable acts might have involved their children, my response might be off target. If parents sinned against their children, confessed their sins to their children and received their forgiveness, then “airing” the parents’ sins is out of place. If parents sinned against their children and the matter Continued.
My daughter is being thrown a baby shower for her second child without being married by the father's mother. What do I do? Do I attend? Just send something to the baby? I don't celebrate this. What does our faith say?
Without knowing more about your family situation, the best I can probably do is pass along some things for you to think about. Our faith says that we show love to others, especially our family, and that we do not condone sin. So, how can you possibly do both those things? If you were to Continued.
What kind of comfort can you give someone when their loved one commits suicide and they were supposedly a believer?
“The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). You and I want to remember that we cannot see into the heart of anyone who has died, let alone someone who has committed suicide. The Bible teaches Continued.
Can you please explain Hebrews 10:26? I always thought that the sacrifice of Jesus provided infinite forgiveness from sins. I heard a Lutheran say that the verse is speaking of apostasy to the faith, though am very confused by it. I am very confused by Hebrews 10:26, to the point of feeling despair because I feel like I am not good enough to go to heaven.
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God” (Hebrews 10:26-27). Jesus’ work as Savior has won forgiveness for all sins. Through faith in Jesus Continued.
If a person remarries after divorce outside of WELS faith, should they be buried next to their previous WELS spouse or more recent spouse? And does it even matter?
The personal preferences of the individuals involved will determine the course of action. As you note in your second question, the significance of whatever action is taken is short-term. It will matter to relatives of the deceased only. Much more important is what Jesus says about death and resurrection: “…a time is coming when all Continued.
There is little information in the Bible on our recognition of others in heaven. Many point to the account of Jesus’ transfiguration where Peter knew who Moses and Elijah were, even though he had never met them before in person (Matthew 17:4; Mark 9:5; Luke 9:33). Some have taken that to mean that we too Continued.
The first stanza of a popular hymn says, "I Lay My Sins on Jesus." I know of many places in Scripture where we are taught that God has laid upon Jesus the sins of the entire world, and I believe that. But, where in Scripture is it taught that we are to lay our sins on Jesus? Is it even possible for us to do that? Some have suggested that this hymn refers to repentance. But, it seems to me that we would not be able to repent if our sins had not already been laid upon Christ. What are your thoughts on this?
It would be interesting to know exactly what Horatius Bonar had in mind when this hymn was first published in 1843. Information from The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal explains that Bonar wrote the hymn (perhaps his first) for children. He acknowledged that the hymn “might be good Gospel, but that it was poor poetry.” Continued.
I was reading through the Q & A and came across the following as a portion of your answer to someone.... “He [the Lord Jesus] will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus." Since the gospel is all about what God has done to save us and it is not about anything we do, what does it mean to "obey the gospel"? Thank you.
The apostle Paul’s inspired words from 2 Thessalonians 1:8 can certainly strike us as sounding strange. His words describe people who reject the gospel of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 4:17 contains the same message. In Acts 26:19 the apostle used similar language when he spoke of God giving him faith to believe the gospel: “I Continued.
Recently on the WELS discussion page it was stated that polygamy is not a sin. Martin Luther was even referenced by one person. Is it true that polygamy is not a sin?
Polygamy is a sinful deviation from God’s design that marriage be between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:20-24; Matthew 19:4-6; Romans 7:2-3; 1 Corinthians 7:2; 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:6). The fact that God did not intervene in people’s lives when they went beyond his design and will does not equate to approval on Continued.
Previous answers to questions like yours stated: “Membership in one of our churches is determined by your consultations with the pastor of the church. A person who has doubts or still has some reservations about a doctrine could be a member if that person was continuing to work with the pastor and in personal study Continued.