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What are pastors taught about preaching politics from the pulpit?

The WELS Tax Information Manual provides helpful information for pastors and congregations when it comes to their involvement in politics. Following is a pertinent part of that manual. “Under the IRC, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in Continued.

What is the difference between a spirit and a soul?

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.

Did God create the devil and hell?

In a cemetery in my hometown, there is a monument with two statements and a question. The question is: “Why did a good God create a bad devil?” It is a bad question because God did not create a “bad devil.” God created all things, including the angels, during the six days of creation. The Continued.

Why is Jesus depicted as white (Caucasian) in all the Christian artwork and movies? In "My Son My Savior," "Come Follow Me," picture Bibles, and even on the Facebook cover photo for WELS, Jesus is a white man.

As we do not have any images of Jesus from his life and ministry on earth, artists will use their skills and imaginations to depict a 1st century Jewish man who lived in Palestine. While we presently do not have knowledge of Jesus’ physical features, it will be different when we see him face to Continued.

Is baptism something we do or God does, and where in the Bible will I find the answer?

Baptism is something God does for us. “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously Continued.

What are the marks of the church and where in the Bible can I find them?

We maintain this in This We Believe, a statement of belief of our church body: “ We believe that the presence of the holy Christian church nevertheless can be recognized. Wherever the gospel is preached and the sacraments are administered, the holy Christian church is present, for through the means of grace true faith is Continued.

What do Lutherans think of cremation, and what do you do with ashes afterwards?

Scripture is silent on the subject of cremation. It is a matter of personal preference when it comes to burial or cremation. There was a time when some voices in the Christian church cautioned against cremation. In a day and age when some unbelievers utilized cremation as a way to defy God (“Let’s see if Continued.

Did you hear about the Lutheran World Federation and the Reformation and the Catholic church? Is this a small group of Lutherans?

If you are asking if we are aware that representatives from the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church participated in a worship service last Reformation Day in Sweden, the answer is “yes.” This is not a small group of Lutherans. The Lutheran World Federation is comprised of 145 Lutheran Church bodies that represent Continued.

I am dealing with a friend who belongs to a community free church. He believes that all you need to do is just pray. I have been telling him that it is good to pray, but you need to take action. He prays about getting a house, but doesn't take any action to make it happen. Could you direct me to Bible passages or stories about this subject on prayer with action? Thank you.

A few sections of the Bible come to mind. In James 5:14-15 the inspired writer instructs his readers who are physically sick to get medical help and to turn to the Lord in prayer. Seeking help for physical problems includes prayer with action. In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus instructed his drowsy disciples to “watch Continued.

If God controlled Satan, would there be no evil?

The Bible explains that sin entered the world when Adam and Eve gave in to Satan’s temptation (Genesis 3:1-6; 1 John 3:8). The Scriptures do not say any more about the entrance of sin into the world. God certainly could have prevented the rebellion of Satan and the evil angels and the subsequent fall of Continued.

Is alcohol abuse a sin? Or rather if someone suffers from alcoholism and continues to drink, are they sinning?

Yes, alcohol abuse is a sin (Proverbs 23:20, 31-33; Romans 13:13). Alcoholism can provide an explanation for drunkenness, but alcoholism does not free a person from individual responsibility of drunkenness or other sins. Alcohol abuse is still a sin. If your second question has in mind the scenario of an alcoholic person intending to drink Continued.

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