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I've been having the fear of Judgement Day recently. What will it be like? Doesn't it say in the Bible that those living today will be judged more harshly than those who died in Sodom and Gomorrah? What does that mean? How will I be judged? Does that leave for a chance that I won't enter heaven?

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 describes what we can expect on Judgment Day. Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats (Matthew 25:31-46) informs us that the judgment that took place at people’s death will be made public, and those who are alive on the earth at the time of Jesus’ visible return on the last day Continued.

Do we have any connections or missions in Australia?

We do have a connection. WELS is in doctrinal fellowship with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia. WELS and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Australia are member churches of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference.

I have a friend who invited me to their church (ELCA) to have my dog blessed. I have heard of other churches doing this, but is there any biblical reason for this type of blessing? I turned the invitation down because I'm not in fellowship with my friend's church and it seems strange to be blessing animals. What is the WELS view on blessing animals?

We do not have a practice of blessing animals, nor does the Bible lead us to establish such a practice. We recognize that animals are part of God’s creation (Genesis 1), and pets can provide wonderful companionship. Considering all of God’s creation leads us to praise him: “Lord God, open my eyes to the beauty Continued.

Does the role of precentor or cantor exist in the WELS church?

While they may not use the title of “precentor,” some of our churches will utilize individuals to lead singing during worship services. “Cantor” is a term more likely to be found in some of our congregations.

The Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America criticizes WELS' use of the NIV, allowance of contemporary worship and “praise bands,” and the WELS “functional” doctrine of ministry as liberalism. What is the WELS response?

I can offer you a personal response. By synodical convention resolution, our church body has taken an “eclectic approach” toward the use of Bible translations in publishing our materials. That means authors can indicate which translations they would like used in their works. Individual congregations have always determined for themselves which Bible translation(s) they are Continued.

I am a practicing WELS member. Is there any chance the Wisconsin and Missouri Synods reunite in fellowship?

You may or may not be aware that representatives of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) have met annually for the past six years. Together updates from WELS have noted that “The main purpose of these meetings is to provide the synods with the Continued.

What do you know about the Lausanne Covenant?

The Lausanne Covenant was ratified at the International Congress on World Evangelization, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, in July 1974. 2,300 people, representing 150 nations, attended the Congress and were involved in the ratification of the Covenant. Since that time, the Covenant has become a confession of faith for many evangelical ministries and associations. Following are Continued.

Where does it say in the Bible that women can’t vote within the church? In a congregation, who decides when Communion is held, pastor, church council or congregation ?

The Bible does not specifically address your first question. The organizational structure of congregations today is quite different from the first-century church. Because of that, we need to take broad scriptural principles and apply them to the organizational structure we enjoy in our congregations today. Those scriptural principles include that of loving head and loving Continued.

What does the writer of Hebrews mean here? Hebrews 4:9ff - "There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience."

The writer is referring to the spiritual and eternal rest that Christians can look forward to in heaven. The Old Testament Sabbath day pointed ahead to Jesus. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The rest that people can find in Jesus Continued.

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