Where in the Bible does it say that we as believers deserve the punishment of hell? There are certainly many verses in the Bible that say that the punishment of sin is death (e.g. Romans 6:23), but these are all referring to physical death. There are also many verses that say that a lack of faith deserves hell as a punishment (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9), but where does it say that the act of sin is deserving of hell? On WELS documents I have read online (such as in the Sin Questions section), there is constant reference to us deserving hell without any scriptural backing and in church I am repeatedly told that I deserve hell. Our loving God does not say a single word about a believer deserving hell, so why are we telling congregations what God does not? If it is inaccurate that we deserve hell as believers, why give people that awfully false message when instead the message should be rejoicing that our faith ensures us eternal life with God?
As you indicated, the Bible does speak of sin meriting death (Romans 6:23). Ezekiel 18:20 states similar truth: “The one who sins is the one who will die.” When the Bible connects death with sin, it does so in three different ways. The Bible speaks of temporal death (Hebrews 9:27), spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1) and Continued.
Hello, I agree with WELS that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, but I have always wondered what the water in the sky above the vault is at the beginning of Genesis. What is your explanation? Thanks so much for your time!
Your question addresses the second day of creation: “And God said, ‘Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault ‘sky.’ And there was evening, and Continued.
With no context for your question, all I can suggest is that Divine Service is part of the title for two orders of service in Christian Worship: Supplement. There is Divine Service I and Divine Service II. The titles speak of the praise and worship we give to God.
What does the Bible say about dreams? I've been having a lot of dreams lately, and I am trying to figure out if they mean anything or if it is just stories my mind has made up while sleeping. I also ask this because are so many websites out there that interpret dreams, and I wonder how much is real and how much is fake and how to tell the difference.
The Bible does not address the kinds of dreams you and I might have. As you suggest, the information that enters our minds before we sleep can easily become the stuff of dreams. Perhaps you would find value in adapting the following hymn verse as a bedtime prayer: “When in the night I sleepless lie, Continued.
Are there any WELS congregations in the USA that may still occasionally have worship services entirely in the German language?
A recent survey to WELS congregations asked for information on worship services offered in languages other than English. Of the congregations that responded to the survey, the following indicated that they offer occasional worship services in German. If you are interested in following up with any of the congregations, you will find contact information elsewhere Continued.
After the news of the church shooting in Texas, a friend asked: “A shooting in church? 27 Killed? Women and children? It’s God’s house. Where was he? “ How do you answer a question like this? I didn’t know what to say.
When tragic events like this take place, people can easily question God’s power and love. “If he can do anything, why didn’t he do something and prevent the shootings?” “If God really loves all people, why would he allow those people to suffer like that?” Unfortunately, in some people’s minds God is even more to Continued.
I recently was having a discussion about women voting at WELS meetings. Please quote some Bible passages so I can clarify my point of view as to what the Bible has to say about this topic.
The Bible does not address the specific topic of voting in church assemblies. That is not surprising since our congregational life today is different from that of biblical days. What we need to do, then, is apply broad, general scriptural principles to our complex congregational life today. Elsewhere on this website you will find This Continued.
I had a conversation with someone about Scripture and something she said that confused me was that since since society changes, God's laws and His Scripture changes - meaning also that the things God calls sin are now acceptable parts of society, so they are no longer sins. For example, now it is no longer a sin for people to have children without being married first because it has become a normal part of our society. She mentioned how the Bible says it is a sin for women to have their heads uncovered and how now most women don't follow that. Does God's word change with societal changes and if not, how is the example of the women wearing head coverings explained?
God’s word does not change with societal changes. God does not change with societal changes. Consider what God says about himself and his word. “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind” (Numbers 23:19). “But you [God] remain the same, and your years will never Continued.
Hello. I would like to read the books of the Bible in chronological order. The problem is that I don't know what the proper order is. Can you help me out and provide me with a list? I would at least like to get the letters of Paul and the four gospels correct. Thanks.
Your problem of not knowing the chronological order of the books of the Bible is not unique. None of us knows with certainty the order in which God’s prophets and apostles wrote the books of the Bible. We can be sure of the order of the bookends of the Bible—Genesis and Revelation—but there is not Continued.
Is Christ's body and blood present in, with, and under the bread and wine that is not consumed but has been consecrated (leftover from the Lord's Supper)? Where in Scripture is the basis for the idea of some Lutherans that the extra consecrated bread and wine must be eaten or destroyed (poured in ground/burned) rather than put back with the yet to be used bread and wine? My understanding is consecration is "setting apart for a holy purpose," not a magical moment that makes the body and blood present; so is it really wrong to put it back rather than consume or destroy it?
Understanding what Scripture says about the Lord’s Supper led to this statement in one of our Lutheran Confessions: “To preserve this true Christian doctrine concerning the Holy Supper, and to avoid and abolish manifold idolatrous abuses and perversions of this testament, the following useful rule and standard has been derived from the words of institution: Continued.
Matthew 18:15-20 explains what church discipline is all about. It is an act of love by which Christians seek to restore someone who has sinned and is impenitent. Because impenitence bars people from the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10), Christians seek to share God’s word with the impenitent so the Holy Spirit can work Continued.
My friend's mother passed away and she wonders if there is any chance that the spirit of her mother is hanging around. Biblically, what is the answer to her question?
Biblically, the answer is “no.” When death takes place, there is immediate judgment as the body and the soul separate, and the soul goes to heaven or hell (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Luke 16:19-31; Hebrews 9:27). Popular culture may present other ideas, but Scripture presents the truth.