Is a "clique" within a congregation a problem? If we are all brothers and sisters in Christ, doesn't this destroy the fellowship we should share in a congregation? Should this person be confronted?
Cliques within congregations do war against the unity of the family of believers. Chapters 1 and 3 of 1 Corinthians address the divisions that existed among the believers in the congregation in Corinth. That part of Scripture would be good reading material in the context of your question. If an individual is sinning by destroying Continued.
The answer is “no.” If you have knowledge of this, you want your course of action to be guided by Matthew 18:15-20.
Can a lay person hold the pastor and leaders of a church accountable for overlooking open sin in the congregation?
Certainly. Following the example of the Christians in Berea (Acts 17:11), Christians have the responsibility of examining the teaching they receive from their spiritual leaders with the message of the Bible. As God instructs the leaders of his church to watch their life and doctrine closely (1 Timothy 4:16), it follows that Christians will speak Continued.
Hello, I am interested in your thoughts regarding Rosa Parks. Do you believe she should have given up her seat? Also, what are your thoughts regarding civil disobedience in general? God's blessings.
As I refrain from offering personal opinions and speculation in these responses, I will direct my remarks to the general subject matter that is referenced in your second question. In the Bible God tells us to submit to his representatives in government (Romans 13). We are to give them honor and respect and obedience. There Continued.
In 1st Timothy, Paul explains the roles of men and woman. Men are head of the church and of their families. The man is supposed to guide and lead, but what about single females who live far away from their fathers? Who is supposed to guide and care for them? Also, Paul continues and states that woman are saved through childbirth. I know that only through Christ is one saved through faith in him. What does Paul mean by that? Not all woman can have children. What does that mean for them?
The principle of loving head and loving helper (1 Corinthians 11:3ff) has application in different ways to different people. In your current home situation, you have the responsibility of providing for your material needs and seeing to it that your spiritual needs are met. The fourth commandment is always in place, but the scope of Continued.
Hello. I was just confirmed last Sunday and was wondering where I should start with my offerings. How should I figure out what to give?
What a great question! Congratulations, first of all, on becoming a communicant member of your congregation. That membership status provides you with privileges and responsibilities. It is very encouraging to read of your desire to be a faithful manager of God’s possessions. The June 2017 “Light for our path” column in Forward in Christ will Continued.
For many years WELS has had concerns with Scouting, especially with the former handbook promoting work righteousness, and rightly so. When did that change? Spare the details, but at a congregation meeting the church president talked about picking up his son from Boy Scouts. After talking to the pastor privately, he said the handbook we were always concerned with has since been replaced and Scouting has become a totally secular organization. Aren't there still other concerns? Is WELS now officially OK with Scouting?
Our web site contains the following response to a previous question about our synod’s position on Scouting. Because Scouting has not changed its oath or law, our position remains the same. “The Boy Scouts are among the most respected organizations in this country, and the skills, activities, and companionship which they offer could be a Continued.
We are starting a praise band in our church. Does the synod have any guidelines to the question of paying the members or expecting them to use their talents to provide a service to the worship service? Thanks. We are working on our ministry plan for 2017-2018.
To my knowledge, there are no such guidelines. It is a congregational matter whether service of any kind by members is compensated or is voluntary. You would probably do best to speak to the leaders of congregations who oversee such musical ministries.
A pastor will be interested in meeting with the individuals to apply God’s word to their situation. He will be interested in encouraging repentant attitudes toward sin, delivering the gospel message to penitent sinners and working with them to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” (Matthew 3:8). A pastor will be interested in having the Continued.
If, by “WLS,” you meant Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, the answer is “no.” If you intended “WELS,” the answer is also “no.”
A question came up in a Bible class at our WELS church about whether or not Jesus accepted the wine vinegar offered to him on the cross. The consensus was (and acknowledged by the pastor) that Jesus did not accept it or "spit it out." However, John 19:30 tells us, "When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.'" I would be inclined to believe that, after suffering on the cross for six hours, his mouth was so dry that he could not have spoken his last words without first receiving the drink. Is that correct?
We get the complete picture of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection by looking at the parallel accounts of other evangelists. Mark 15:23 speaks of the soldiers offering Jesus wine, mixed with myrrh. They made that offer when they were preparing to crucify the Lord. Previously, I offered this commentary: “Myrrh had the properties of dulling Continued.
How does a confessional Christian relate to a fellow Christian of that same church who was going to be excommunicated because of one's impenitence, but then asked to be released from the congregation instead, which the church did with a letter of admonition? This person shortly thereafter claimed to have left the Christian religion. In regard to Matthew 18, 2 Thess. 3, and 1Cor. 5, does a Christian continue not to associate with the impenitent brother who has left the Christian faith, or, now that the person has claimed not to be a Christian, does the Christian now associate with them and resume a relationship?
In regard to either scenario, the concern about “associating” is that, by our attitudes and actions, we somehow mistakenly lead an impenitent person to downplay impenitence and unbelief, and conclude that what they did was not so bad after all. If we completely cut off contact from such people, we also remove godly influence and Continued.