Faith Related Q and A
» If a person refuses life-saving medical treatment, would it be considered suicide?
» In the recent answer about fellowship and Communion (question was from an AALC member), the response included the words “closed communion.” I am a lifelong WELS member, and have been taught that we observe “close” not closed communion. Which is correct?
» If a person wishes to transfer membership to a different WELS church from their current WELS church, who decides if they can transfer? I know we vote on transfers in our voters' meetings. Does a person just request to transfer to the church president and leadership which then allows it to be voted on or, does it have to get approved by the pastor before a congregational vote?
» My friend wants to come to check out our church as she is thinking of switching synods, but she wants to know what is appropriate attire for a service.
» Can my WELS pastor marry my fiance and me at a different venue? I am considering having my reception at a place that is a 2-hour drive from my church and would like to have the ceremony closer to the venue. Would my pastor be able to marry us? Or would I need to find someone else to do the ceremony?
» For those who are not predestined, what is their goal or purpose on earth? And what hope do they have to look forward to if they were not chosen to be saved? What if I was not elect? What am I supposed to do?
» I searched under "roles of men and women in society" and found nothing, so my question is as follows: WELS’ position on the doctrine of the role of women, as found on this link ( says, “6. We reject the opinion that male headship and female submission apply only to marriage or only to marriage and the church (1 Co 11:3; 1 Ti 2:12).” According to the statement above, women are subject to the headship of men in marriage, in the church, and in society. Does that mean a woman cannot hold a secular job (department headship in a college/university, civic headship over government employees, CEO/VP in industry/agriculture/science, president/congressperson/judge/governor/mayor/etc., for example) in which she has men in positions below her? Can WELS members vote for female political leaders? Should a WELS man take a secular job under the authority of a woman?
» Thanks for this site! Who are "our brothers and sisters in Christ?" I have heard the term used to describe all, and only, the members of our WELS' churches and those with whom we are in doctrinal fellowship. Would we also use the same term to refer to the Christians in false visible churches? Thanks!
» How come WELS pastors don't teach about the book of Revelation? I keep hearing we are currently living during "end times" and that it is near, but they don't expand on the teaching of the book. If I'm living it, I want to learn more about it and it is too complex to understand on my own.
» I asked Satan for material possessions of this world. Will he give them to me?